24 - 26 MAY 2022

DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE

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GET YOUR INSIGHTS: LIVE AND IN-PERSON

The INDEX Design Talks, in association with GEBERIT and chaired by Esra Lemmens, have become a cornerstone of the regional design calendar in recent years, hosting a series of open and lively discussions amongst many of the leading figures in the community. From 31 May – 2 June, 2021’s Design Talks featured 15 distinct sessions and discussions between 50 expert speakers.

The INDEX Design Talks programme is developed in close consultation with a broad range of industry stakeholders to ensure that it captures focused yet spontaneous debate around the key technical, aesthetic, market and strategic issues and dynamics affecting the industry.

Innovation, knowledge-sharing, and camaraderie have never been more important for the community. Now they’re back, LIVE and in-person– certified by Venue Safe and COVID-19 All Secure Protocols.


IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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CHAIRED BY

Esra Lemmens, Founder & Director, The Esra Lemmens Agency

Esra Lemmens is a Design Strategist at her namesake, The Esra Lemmens Agency and focuses on empowering contemporary Designers across the globe accomplishing clear business objectives. Due to her vast experience in the global design industry, Esra has the upper hand in terms of knowledge and her innate artistic sense. This, in turn, allows her to observe the implementation of new mindsets and approaches concerning how designers can be empowered best.

She is established as an ambassador for contemporary design, and this has enhanced her award-winning leadership skills. Her expertise in design management and design communication also bring something more to the table. Her impactful talents such as strategy building, and organization capability are a result of her all-encompassing encounters with key players in the design industry. Lemmens’s work has an international presence, leveraged by ongoing lectures and workshops at prestigious design institutes. All-in-all, Esra is a versatile combination of organizational potential and substantial know-how of a complex industry.

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“I enjoyed being a part of the talks and sharing my opinion on design and our future as designers in the region. It was a real pleasure having the discussion on stage and seeing our audience so engaged during the discussion and in the Q+A. Thank you and the lovely team for being so inspiring and well organized - it was my pleasure to be your guest.”

Vera Dieckmann

Chief Executive XO ATELIER

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“I think that the Design Talks are the highlight of the INDEX exhibition. I must commend you on the topic selections. It was in fact very difficult select, all of them were interesting.”

Indu Varanasi

Design Director IR DESIGN

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“Since the launch of INDEX in 1990, it has been a great pleasure to watch this exhibition expand and become more and more influential with each passing year. It has become evident that INDEX’S expansive growth is the result of great efforts and clever strategies. This year, it was more exciting than ever to see INDEX successfully bringing together impressive and innovative design products and concepts from all over the world. It was also an immense pleasure to share my opinions and to hear other influential voices from the design industry at the Design Talks.”

Ellen Søhoel

Founder XBD COLLECTIVE


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