Board of Directors

Nurturing the creative community in the UAE and beyond

We are the Dubai Design & Fashion Council

DDFC Board Members are a dedicated group of experts in their respective fields, passionate about cultivating the design sector in the UAE and beyond.

Many board members are mentors for DDFC members, offering their invaluable knowledge of their industry to help emerging and established designers become the next generation of boundary-pushing creatives. 

Dr. Amina Alrustamani

Influential And Charismatic Business Leader
Chairperson of Dubai Design & Fashion Council

Ali M. Jaber

Dean, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communication at American University of Dubai (AUD)
Group TV Director, Middle East Broadcasting Corporation

Ashok Sawlani

Former Chairman & Current Honourary Member of the Managing Committee, Dubai Textile City

Azza Fahmy

Influential Designer And Cultural Ambassador
Owner, Azza Fahmy Jewellery

Chris Newman

Veteran Global Hospitality Professional
Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Farida Abdulla Kambar Al Awadi

President & Founding Members of APID (Association of Professional Interior Designers)
Owner & Managing Director, Cinmar Design

Ghassan Harfouche

Advertising, Media & PR Leader
Group CEO, Middle East Communications Network (MCN)

Khalid Al Tayer

Luxury Brand & Retail Pioneer
CEO – Retail, Al Tayer Group

Mohammed Shael Al Saadi

Chief Executive Officer, Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) sector, Department of Economic Development (DED), Government of Dubai

Nisha Jagtiani

Executive Director, Landmark Group
Board member of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation and Dubai Design & Fashion Council

Patrick Chalhoub

Synonymous With Luxury
Joint Chief Executive Officer, Chalhoub Group

Raja Trad

Chief Executive Officer, Leo Burnett & Publicis Group Of Companies, MENA

Reem Acra

Chief Executive Officer, Reem Acra
Member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America
Board member of Dubai Design & Fashion Council

Saeed Mohammad Maesam Al Falasi

Executive Director, Retail and Strategic Alliances, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE)

Shireen El Khatib

Senior Vice President of Brand Development and Special Projects, Majid Al Futtaim – Ventures

Visit our Mentorship section to discover which of our esteemed Board Members are also part of the DDFC initiative to match emerging and established designers with leading professionals.