14 - 15 November, 2016, Dubai, UAE

The interior design and fitout industry is flourishing in the GCC as demand for new hotels, retail spaces, commercial real estate, schools and hospitals continue to grow, cementing the region as one of the fastest growing and most exciting in the world. Alongside this growth has come increased competition and owners and employers are finding themselves challenged with meeting a plethora of design, sustainability, cost, time and functionality specifications.

As stated by Ventures As of January 19, 2015, the GCC market for interior contracting and fit outs based on the estimated size of project completed in 2014 was estimated at US$ 7.35 billion. Growth in this market is set to climb by 9 percent to US$ 7.98 billion by 2015 from the projects likely to be completed over 2015.

Leaders in Design MENA is a key meeting place for interior design professionals from the region to discuss the latest global markets trends in the industry as well as learn and source 360° solutions for their diverse portfolios of projects. For years Leaders in Design MENA has encouraged business connections between international suppliers and interior designers providing a unique opportunity to explore the needs of the projects and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside interior design industry and explore the potential that the region can offer.


  • Ahmad Soueid
    Ahmad Soueid
    Senior Vice President, HDR

    Ahmad is a Principal at HDR with 28 years of experience. As a registered architect in over 15 countries and States he served in many capacities as a leader in the healthcare, science, higher education, civic and justice programs.

  • Alan McCready
    Alan McCready
    Managing Director, ISG Middle East

    Alan McCready is a Northern Irish Civil Engineer with an MBA in International Business. His thirty plus years of international construction industry and...

  • Andrew Linwood
    Andrew Linwood
    Head of Design, Areen Hospitality

    As Head of Areen Hospitality, Andrew is involved in and monitors all aspects of a project: from initial client contact, brief and...

  • Aziz Bootwala
    Aziz Bootwala
    Managing Principal, Stantec

    With his strong and accomplished international experience, Aziz is the Managing Principal of Stantec International Inc.,

  • Basma Al Hamamsy
    Basma Al Hamamsy
    Head of Interior Design Division,APG

    Basma is an Architect with a master's degree in Architecture she has 20 years of experience in Interior Design twelve of which are in the UAE where she has worked in Interior design

  • Bob Hope
    Bob Hope
    CEO, SSH

    Bob joined SSH in September 2012 with a plan to take SSH to the next level while retaining the company’s values. Bob has considerable experience as both a major contractor and leader of a world class consultancy operation.

  • Christopher Seymour
    Christopher Seymour
    Head of Markets and Development, ARCADIS Middle East

    Christopher is Head of Markets and Development for ARCADIS Middle East and has over 25 years’ experience in property and construction.

  • Daniel During
    Daniel During
    Principal & Managing Director,Thomas Klein International

    Daniel G. During, was born in Argentina and started his career in the hospitality industry in 1979 in Germany.



  • Daousser Chennoufi
    Daousser Chennoufi
    Chairman, Draw Link Group

    Daousser Chennoufi is a chairman of the Draw Link Group, a group of companies, composed of Draw Link Interior Link Architecture,

  • David Macadam
    David Macadam
    CEO, Middle East Council of Shopping Centres

    David has been in the retail, commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate industry for thirty three years. He has completed projects totalling in excess of USD $5.2 billion in Canada and the Middle East.

  • Dave Scurlock
    Dave Scurlock
    Principal, CALLISON

    Dave brings an emphasis on design, as well as an understanding of technical solutions to his role as Principal-in-Charge. With extensive international experience, he provides a ...

  • Elaine Jamieson
    Elaine Jamieson
    Director and Owner, Positive Partnership Limited



  • Elvira Muñoz
    Elvira Muñoz
    Director, Aecom

    After some years as a freelancer, Elvira joined DEGW in 1998, where she has lead the Interior Design & Consultancy team since 2000. She was one of the 25 partners/ shareholders in DEGW



  • Firas Alsalih
    Firas Alsalih
    Senior  Vice  President,  Managing  Director, WILSON ASSOCIATES

    Firas is a multi-cultural, bi-­lingual citizen of the world, with a diverse academic and professional background. A trained and...



  • Firas Hnoosh
    Firas Hnoosh
    Design Director, BDP

    Firas joined BDP as Director in 2014 after serving as Design Director at the Abu Dhabi office of Gensler and before that for several years at the London office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as Associate and Studio Head leading a range of mixed-use projects throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

  • Federico Delrosso
    Federico Delrosso
    Founder, Delrosso Architects

    Former F3 race-car driver and Italian modernist architect Federico Delrosso entered the New York scene in 2011 with his award-winning design of CaféB and SkyB Lounge for the restaurant brand Bice

  • Francis Gallagher
    Francis Gallagher
    Principal and Managing Director, HKS

    Francis is a strong and highly motivated design leader and has been with HKS for more than 8 years. He believes in designing buildings that are satisfying and...

  • Harry Downie
    Harry Downie

    Harry Downie is the CEO of RMJM FZ-LLC, the Dubai headquarters of RMJM, a worldwide architectural, master planning and interior design consultant. Harry has over 35 years experience working in the construction industry, has been in the UAE for over nine years and also spent four years working in Bahrain. 

  • Isabel Pintado
    Isabel Pintado
    Managing Director, LW Design Group LLC

    Isabel Currently holds the position of Managing Director at LW Design Group which was named Best Interior Design Firm in 2012. After graduating from the University of Wales in 1992 and...


  • Issam Ezzeddine
    Issam Ezzeddine
    Chief Architect, National Engineering Bureau

    Mr. Issam has more than 31 years of practical experience as projects design director, designer and team leader, mainly in the Gulf region (Kuwait, U.A.E., Qatar). His varied experience gives a broad project control and leadership.


  • Ivar Krasinski
    Ivar Krasinski
    Co Founder, L+B | EDGE

    Ivar Krasinski AIA, APA has been a partner and design leader with major firms including HOK, Burt Hill, Stantec and currently at L+B | EDGE.

  • James Lehouiller
    James Lehouiller
    Managing Partner, CEO, DiLeonardo Group

    James’ charge is to strive for excellence in all aspects of DiLeonardo’s goal to be the best. His relentless pursuit of excellence brings him in contact with all aspects of the ...



  • Justin Wells
    Justin Wells
    Principal, Director HBA Studios

    ustin leads a team of 50+ talented designers for Studio HBA across Dubai and Bangkok. His previous roles included Principal and Director with prestigious and internationally recognized design practices.

  • Karsten Bastien
    Karsten Bastien
    Principal, Stantec

    This global experience gives him a unique perspective on international best practices and the new trends developing around the world.

  • Malak Ali Hassan
    Malak Ali Hassan
    CEO, 3dimension

    Born in United Arab of Emirates,  Malak Ali Hassan is one of the distinctive architects in  the UAE and the Arab world.

  • Mark Kelly
    Mark Kelly
    Director, Atkins

    Mark Kelly’s 30 years as an Architect spans periods in the UK and Australia and the Middle East.

  • Mark Streetz
    Mark Streetz
    Senior Vice President, Managing Principal, HOK

    Mark Streetz is Senior Vice President and Managing Principal for the Dubai office of HOK.

  • Matthew Engele
    Matthew Engele
    Design Director, Dwp Architects

    Matthew is a Design Director with over 10 years of international design experience at the highest level, on projects in the Middle East, United States, Europe and Asia.



  • Michael Fowler
    Michael Fowler
    Managing Director – Middle East, Aedas

    Michael is an American architect registered in California, New York, and Hong Kong, with over 35 years of experience in the industry, nearly half of that in the Middle East and...

  • Mohammed Abaalkhail
    Mohammed Abaalkhail
    CEO, Albenaa magazine

    Mohammed Abaalkhail is the CEO of Albenaa magazine. Mohammed began his career with Albenaa magazine in 2005 after Graduating with an MBA degree in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University in the United States

  • Mick Kent
    Mick Kent
    Partner & Co-Founder, Kinnersley Kent Design

    Mick co-founded Kinnersley Kent Design with Glenn Kinnersley in 1990. KKD today is a multi-disciplinary design consultancy specialising in branding, interior and graphic design.



  • Nada El Baz
    Nada El Baz
    Head of Interiors, Mimar

    Nada Elbaz is a Projects Manager at Mimar Interiors. She is the team leader mainly in Dubai.

  • Nadia Bakhurji
    Nadia Bakhurji
    President, Nadia Bakhurji Architectural & Interior Design Consultants

    Nadia Bakhurji is the owner and the President of Nadia Bakhurji Architectural & Interior Design Consultants Firm (NBA) based in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She holds a Bachelor Degree (BSC) from King Faisal University from the College of Architecture and Planning

  • Nasser Abulhasan
    Nasser Abulhasan
    ‎Principal, AGi Architects

    Principal/Partner, AGi Architects. Received Doctor in Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design, Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate...


  • Nigel Eckersall
    Nigel Eckersall
    Design manager, Hill International

    Nigel gas been delivering innovative sustainable designs in the region for over 10 years on leading projects like the new emirates nuclear energy offices

  • Paul Dunn
    Paul Dunn
    Workplace Practice Group Leader, EMEA and Director, RTKL

    Paul Dunn is an Architect and Director based in RTKL’s London office. Paul leads the Workplace Practice Group across EMEA, his specialism is strategic workplace consultancy.



  • Rashid Doleh
    Rashid Doleh
    Co -Founder and Managing Partner, mSquared

    With over 11 years experience in the Retail industry,  Rashid has developed, leased and asset managed some of the Middle East’s most successful shopping centres, for some...

  • Richard Fenne
    Richard Fenne
    Principal, Woods Bagot

    Richard is an experienced RIBA and ARB registered architect and principal with over 15 years of wide-ranging international experience.

  • Richard Hutchinson
    Richard Hutchinson
    Director, LOM architecture and design

    In a period of over twenty years with the practice Richard, has led on a wide range of interior design and architectural commissions in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Australia.

  • Roger Marien
    Roger Marien
    Senior Consultant, Transport Hubs, Royal HaskoningDHV

    Roger Marien is design leader with 23 years of experience. After graduation as architect and building engineer at Eindhoven University, he built up a strong position in the field of office interior design.

  • Saeed Alabbar
    Saeed Alabbar
    Chairman, Emirates Green Building Council

    Saeed is a Director at AESG, a firm specialising in the provision of energy and sustainability consultancy in the Middle East.

  • Sanjay Puri
    Sanjay Puri
    Founder, Sanjay Puri Architects

    Sanjay Puri graduated in 1988 from the Academy of Architecture , Mumbai.

  • Sean Huang
    Sean Huang
    Design Principal, Member Board of Directors, KMD Architects

    With 27 Years of Architectural Industry Leadership, Sean Huang has designed many Internationally Awarded Design projects in the United States, Latin ...


  • Professor Shams Eldien Naga
    Professor Shams Eldien Naga
    Founder , Naga Architects

    Prof. Shams Eldien Naga is NAGA Architects' founder, Principal, and Managing Director

  • Sonia Ashour
    Sonia Ashour
    Founder and Principal, AG Interior Design Consultants

    Her works focus is on MENA commissioned Cultural and Sovereign projects.

  • Sumaya Dabbagh
    Sumaya Dabbagh
    Principal, Dabbagh Architects

    Dabbagh Architects is a privately held architectural design firm,recognized regionally for its contemporary design and quality-driven service.

  • Ted Jacob
    Ted Jacob
    President,Ted Jacob Engineering Group

    Ted Jacob, PE, HFDP, President of Ted Jacob Engineering Group, with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dubai, Beirut and Manila. 

  • Paul Briers
    Paul Briers
    Project Director, Summertown

    Paul leads the projects team at Summertown Interiors - one of the UAE’s leading fit out contractors, respected for its exceptional client service, project excellence and sound business principles.

  • Naima Aziz
    Naima Aziz
    Managing Director, Green Interior Design Studio

    Naima Aziz.Khan, is an award winning  Sustainable Interior  Design Consultant, Professor ,Researcher and the Managing Director of The Green Design.LLC Dubai.

  • Jamal Mustafa
    Jamal Mustafa
    General Manager, United Design International

    Jamal Mustafa joined DAS Holding in July 2009, based in UAE, where he held the position of Projects’ Director of East & West Properties and later on became General Manager of United Design International and Board Member of Burj District Development.    

  • Linda Nubani
    Linda Nubani
    Founder and Managing Director, Mazarii Interiors

    Dr. Linda Nubani is Founder and Managing Director of Mazarii Interiors in Dubai, UAE, a design and build Firm specialized in Space Planning, Interior Design, Sustainable Design, Lighting Design, and Crime Prevention through environmental design

Networking Opportunities

    • Prequalified Attendance by Invitation Only
      Only well - researched and prequalified delegates with decision making & signatory authority who are in the process of searching for solutions
    • Exclusive Solution Providers
      Only the companies with the highest number of recommendations from our industry network with the best solution to the industry are invited to join the event
    • Advanced Notice of Delegates
      Our contact system allows registered delegates to pre-arrange meetings before you even arrive at the conference, ensuring you make the most out of your valuable time
    • Networking Xpress
      The fast paced business card exchange is one of the fastest, entertaining and effective way of networking you will ever do!
    • Pre-Arranged One to One Meetings
      Opportunity to meet potential business partners during pre-arranged meetings and create real business development opportunities 
    • Product Showcase
      The heart of the event displaying the latest innovations for the interior design industry where meeting are arranged and deals are done

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