Board of Directors

Industry Leaders

In 2014, a decision by The Executive Council appointed the board members of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Group CEO of TECOM Investments as the Chairperson of the council. The board members represent a mix of key stakeholder groups, including government, academic, not-for profit and private sector experts.

Malek Al Malek

Group CEO, TECOM Group
Chairperson of Dubai Design & Fashion Council

H.E. Laila Suhail

CEO, Strategic Alliance and Partnerships Sector
Vice- Chairperson, Dubai Design & Fashion Council

Jazia AlDhanhani

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Design and 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 Honorary 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 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

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

Shireen El Khatib

Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim – Fashion