17 - 18  April, 2017, 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.

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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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



  • 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. 

  • 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.


  • Marwan Houry
    Marwan Houry
    Principle, Business Center Sector Leader - MENA Region, Standtec


  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.



  • 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...


  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • Daousser Chennoufi-eng
    Daousser Chennoufi-eng
    CEO & Key Architect of Draw Link Group


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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Our Sponsors

  • Hassan Abul United Supplies
  • Alshaya Trading
  • Vicoustic
  • SARA
  • Easy Drain
  • Interface
  • Listone Giordano
  •  Gemstone Tile
  • P/Kaufmann CONTRACT
  • Timberlux

Endorsement Partners

  • Dubai Design & Fashion Council
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA GULF)
  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • MECSC (The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres)
  • The Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID)
  • EGBC

Media Partners

  • Hotel Management Middle East
  • Trade Arabia
  • Editor at Large
  • Middle East Consultant
  • The Architects Newspaper
  • Archiproducts
  • Timber Design & Technology Middle East
  • Europe Real Estate
  •  Construction Business News
  • Total Lighting
  • Capital Business
  • Executive Women
  • Encyclomedia
  • Five Star Magazine
  • Eye of Dubai
  • Eye of Riyadh
  •  CURVE
  • UAEBusiness.com
  • AfricaBusiness.com
  • Build Avenue
  • AEC Online
  • Mid East
  • Design42Day
  • IFDM
  • International Facade
  • Gulf Property
  •  Lighting Magazine
  • MICE Middle East
  • Lux
  • Landscape ME
  • the Arabian Post
  • Middle East Business Magazine & News
  • Property Express
  • Selections
  • Lounge Magazine
  • GulfNews24/7