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. Chaired once again this year by Esra Lemmens, Founder & Director of the Esra Lemmens Agency.
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With more striking and successful work being completed across hospitality, corporate, retail and residential sectors than ever before, this year’s Design Talks will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to share insights and discussions with the leading creative minds in the region. Register here for your free pass to access the Design Talks. 

2019’S SPEAKERS INCLUDE: 



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



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

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



Firas Alsahin
Co-Founder & Design Director
4SPACE Design



Yasmin Farahmandy
Senior Interior Designer
A++ Human Sustainable Architecture



Steven Velegrinis 
Head of Masterplanning
AECOM



Stuart Allen
Managing Director & Founder
Allen Architecture Interiors Design

Juan

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



Waleed Shaalan
Design Director
AREP



Paul Bishop
Owner & Managing Partner
Bishop Design



Carla Conte
Founder & Creative Director
Brand Creative



Chris Barnes
Owner and Founder
Broadway Interiors



Abdoullah Albizreh
Director
Depa Interiors

William

William Bennett
Senior Landscape Designer
desert INK



Justin Wells
Director
dwp



Ivar Krasinski
Founding Partner & Design Director
EDGE



Sejal Patel
Lead Designer
Gensler

DAvid

David Lessard
Design Director
H+A Architects

Cristina

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



Indu Varanasi
Founder/Director/Architect
IRD Design



Carol Finnie
Regional Director MENA Region
JPA Design



Benjamin Piper
Partner & Design Principal
Killa Architectural Design

Kristina

Kristina Zanic
Owner
Kristina Zanic Consultancy



Patrick Bean
Design Director
LACASA Architects & Engineering Consultancy



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

Fulvia

Fulvia Ramogida
Senior Project & Relationship Manager
Organisation in Design & Ventura Projects



Morgan Fleming
Design Director, Principal
Perkins&Will



Laurent Haddad
Head of Interior Design
RW Armstrong



Kristian Stinson
Co-Founder & Commercial Director
Studio EM



Esra Lemmens
Founder
The Esra Lemmens Agency



Tom Skyring
Design Director
Wilson Associates



Ellen Søhoel
Founder
XBD Collective

Vera

Vera Dieckmann
CEO & Creative Director
XO Atelier

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