LET'S TALK: THE BUSINESS OF DESIGN

The Design Talks have become the leading public forum for discussion and debate among the region’s most influential, creative and successful designers in the calendar. This year it was once again chaired by Esra Lemmens, Founder & Director of the Esra Lemmens Agency.
WANT TO SPEAK AT DESIGN TALK 2020

With more striking and successful work being completed across hospitality, corporate, retail and residential sectors than ever before, this year’s Design Talks provided a fantastic opportunity to share insights and discussions with the leading creative minds in the region.

Click here to view the pdf version of the 2019 Agenda. 

2019’S SPEAKERS INCLUDED: 



Jonathan Ashmore
Founder & Director
Anarchitect



Lee Morris
Design Director / Head of Architecture
Atkins



Duncan Denley
Managing Director
desert INK



Fahda Barrak
Design Director
Draw Link Group



Theodora Kioussis
Creative Director
esadore Creative



Ahmed Sultan
General Manager
Finasi



Sneha Divias
Founder
Sneha Divias Atelier



Paula Fay Evans
Senior Associate
Godwin Austen Johnson



Ala Hason
Senior Vice President
HKS Inc.



Adrian Shaw
General Manager
ID Design



Martha Thorne
Dean
IE School of Architecture and Design



Dorian Pauwels
Founder & Executive Director
ikonhouse



Cameron McPherson
Director, New Hotels - Design
InterContinental Hotels Group



Matt Hall
General Manager
Interface



Ignacio Gomez
Design Director
AEDAS



Steve Ramsden
Managing Director
ISG



Jo Hamilton
Founder & Creative Director
Jo Hamilton Interiors



John Watkinson
Founder / CEO
Joie Brands



Roy Posey
Head of Design
Keane.



Hania Arafat
Workplace Consultant
Steelcase



Amyas Wade
Partner
Kinnersley Kent Design



Isabel Pintado
SVP and Managing Director MEA
Wilson Associates



Hani Fallaha
Design Principal & Partner
LOCI architecture + design



Sarah-Jane Grant
Director
LXA Design



Vinod Pillai
Specialist Lighting Designer
LW



Maja Kozel
Founder
Maja Kozel Design



Maliha Nishat
Director – Interior Design, Global Design
Marriott International



Anil Mangalat
Design Director / Founding Partner
MMAC Design Associates



Matteo Bianchi
Director
Matteo Bianchi Studio



Ali Maarrawi
General Manager
OFIS



Binoy Chako
Head of Buying - Homewares
PAN Emirates



Diane Thorsen
Design Director
Perkins+Will



Gianni Sharrouf
Commercial Director
Poltrona Frau Group ME



Rania Hamed
Founder & Principle
VSHD



Lotfi Amara
Head of Interior Design
RSP



Andrea Sensoli
Founder
Superfuturedesign



Joakim de Rham
Co-Founder & Design Principal
Swiss Bureau Interior Design



Kristin Lee
Chair and Associate Professor of Interior Design
American University in Dubai



Esther Jongsma
Founder
VANTOT

testimonials

Here is what our 2017 Speakers had to say about INDEX.


Firas Alsahin
Co-Founder & Design Director
4SPACE Design


Steven Velegrinis 
Head of Masterplanning
AECOM

Stuart Allen
Managing Director & Founder
Allen Architecture Interiors Design


Waleed Shaalan
Design Director
AREP

Matilde Boelhouwer
Founder
Atelier Boelhouwer

Juan

Juan Roldán
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
American University of Sharjah

Phillip Jones
Principal / Managing Director – Middle East & North Africa
B+H Architects

Paul Bishop
Owner
Bishop Design

Steve Kiernan
General Manager
Bond Interiors

Carla Conte
Founder & Creative Director
Brand Creative

Brian Boggs
Co-Founder
Brian Boggs Chairmakers

Chris Barnes
Owner and Founder
Broadway Interiors

Sayed Habib
General Manager
Danube Home

William

William Bennett
Senior Landscape Designer
desert INK

Justin Wells
Director
dwp

Ivar Krasinski
Founding Partner & Design Director
EDGE

Esra Lemmens
Founder
The Esra Lemmens Agency

Sejal patel

Sejal Patel
Design Director
Gensler

DAvid

David Lessard
Design Director
H+A Architects

Oliver Baxter
Insight Programme Manager
Herman Miller

Cristina

Cristina Mateo, Ph.D.
Executive Director
IE School of Architecture and Design


Indu Varanasi
Founder/Director/Architect
IRD Design

Jacinda

Jacinda Raniolo
Lead Creative Designer
Godwin Austen Johnson

Yullianna Porter
Head of Workspace Design
JLL Mena


Carol Finnie
Regional Director MENA Region
JPA Design

Benjamin Piper
Partner & Design Principal
Killa Architectural Design

Krystyna Kielbon
President
KK Interior Design Group

Kristina

Kristina Zanic
Owner
Kristina Zanic Consultancy

Patrick Bean
Design Director
LACASA Architects & Engineering Consultancy

Julie Blondeel

Magna Cum Laude Graduate

Prateek Sharan
Co-Founder
Modomoro

Antonia Wormer
Co-Owner
New Citizen Design

Kevin McLachlan
CEO
NOMAD|K Design Studio


Morgan Fleming
Design Director, Principal
Perkins&Will

Pallavi Dean
Founder & Creative Director
Roar

Laurent Haddad
Head of Interior Design
RW Armstrong

Juan Hildebrand
Managing Director
Schwitzke Middle East

Sergio Mendes
Founder
Sergio Mendes Design

Ahmed El-Sharabassy
CEO & Founder
Sharabassy Built - Environment Studio


Kristian Stinson
Co-Founder & Commercial Director
Studio EM

Nemanja Derman
Lead Designer
Stylis

Margriet Vollenberg
Director & Art Director
Organisation in Design & Ventura Projects


Tom Skyring
Design Director
Wilson Associates


Ellen Søhoel
Founder
XBD Collective

Vera

Vera Dieckmann
CEO & Creative Director
XO Atelier



Yasmin Farahmandy
Senior Interior Designer
A++ Human Sustainable Architecture

Abdoullah Albizreh
Director
Depa Group