THE BUSINESS OF DESIGN

Every year the Design Talks at INDEX, sponsored by OFIS, are one of the highlights of the show, with over 60 of the GCC’s top designers leading an exciting programme of discussions on key trends, challenges and opportunities in the interiors industry.

This year’s Design Talks demonstrate how incredibly quickly things can change in the regional market. 2017’s programme was dominated by how interior designers and retailers were sustaining themselves throughout a fairly lean period, but the mood for 2018’s is far more optimistic, more agile and more commercially aggressive. This year, leading interiors companies are positioning themselves to capitalise on new opportunities in a fast-revitalising, fast-restructuring environment and have agreed to share these new insights and strategies with the Design Talks audience at the event.

Amazingly, the Design Talks are completely free-to-attend for all INDEX visitors. However, we strictly limit the number of seats to ensure genuine interplay between the speakers and the audience and do not issue tickets in advance, so we encourage you to arrive early if you intend to take part in this key moment of knowledge-sharing and networking in the sector’s annual calendar.

2018 SPEAKERS



Ignacio Gomez
Design Director
AEDAS



Vera Dieckmann
Head of Design, Interior & Architecture
Albal Design



Stuart Allen
Managing Director & Founder
Allen Architecture Interiors Design



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



Jonathan Ashmore
Founder & Director
Anarchitect



Lee Morris
Design Director / Head of Architecture
Atkins



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



Paul Bishop
Owner & Managing Partner
Bishop Design



Carla Conte
Founder & Creative Director
Brand Creative



Chris Barnes
Managing Director
Broadway Interiors



Duncan Denley
Managing Director
desert INK



Fahda Barrak
Design Director
Draw Link Group



Ivar Krasinski
Founding Partner & Design Director
EDGE



Theodora Kioussis
Creative Director
esadore Creative



Ahmed Sultan
General Manager
Finasi



Yasmin Farahmandy
Interior Designer
Gensler



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



Indu Varanasi
Design Director
IR Design



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.



Benjamin Piper
Partner & Design Principal
Killa Architectural Design



Amyas Wade
Partner
Kinnersley Kent Design



Patrick Bean
Design Director
LACASA Architects & Engineering Consultancy



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



Laurent Haddad
Head of Interior Design
RW Armstrong



Lotfi Amara
Head of Interior Design
RSP



Sneha Divias
Founder
Sneha Divias Atelier



Hania Arafat
Workplace Consultant
Steelcase



Kristian Stinson
Commercial Director
Studio EM



Abdoullah Albizreh
Architect
Summertown



Andrea Sensoli
Founder
Superfuturedesign



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



Esra Lemmens
Founder
The Esra Lemmens Agency



Esther Jongsma
Founder
VANTOT



Rania Hamed
Founder & Principle
VSHD



Isabel Pintado
SVP & Managing Director
Wilson Associates



Justin Wells
Head of Lifestyle Interiors
Woods Bagot



Ellen Søhoel
Founder
XBD Collective

testimonials

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

Index Partners

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