DDFC Mentors

Meet the industry leaders helping to shape Dubai’s design, tech and media future.

In5/DDFC mentors are a diverse group of experts representing the best of their respective industries.

DDFC Board Member

Ali M. Jaber

 

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

DDFC Board Member

Ashok Sawlani

 

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

Ayman Fakoussa

 

Communications & Marketing Strategies Professional
Co-founder, The Qode

DDFC Board Member

Azza Fahmy

 

Influential Designer & Cultural Ambassador
Owner, Azza Fahmy Jewellery

DDFC Board Member

Chris Newman

 

Veteran Global Hospitality Professional
Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

Elie Abou Jamra

 

Entrepreneur & Renown Speaker
Chief Executive Officer, Kashida Design

DDFC Board Member

Farida Abdulla Kambar Al Awadi

 

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

Fiamma Panerai

 

Founder, Child Of Nadia
Regional Brand Marketing Manager, Chalhoub Group

Dennis De Rond

 

Founder

Skyne Visionaries in Branding and Design

Francois Schweitzer

 

Luxury & Contemporary Market Specialist
General Manager Business Development, Chalhoub Group Retail

DDFC Board Member

Ghassan Harfouche

 

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

Maha Zeibak

 

Marketing & Merchandising Expert
Managing Director, VIS à VIS Retail

DDFC Board Member

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

DDFC Board Member

DDFC Board Member

Patrick Chalhoub

 

Synonymous With Luxury
Joint Chief Executive Officer, Chalhoub Group

DDFC Board Member

Raja Trad

 

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

DDFC Board Member

Reem Acra

 

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

Nizar Swailem

 

Founder and Consultant

Eunoia Collective

Sass Brown

 

Fashion Designer, Researcher, Writer and Educator
Founding Dean, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation

DDFC Board Member

Shireen El Khatib

 

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

Elizabeth Mac Hale

 

Founder and CEO

Design Directive

Rami AlAli

 

Fashion Designer

Firas Koukache

 

Brand Designer

Ramzi Nakad

 

Co-Founder

BRAG & FASHION FORWARD

Esra Lemmens

 

Founder & Director,

The Esra Lemmens Agency

Ghizlan Guenez

 

Founder & CEO,

The Modist

Mourad Benayed

 

Partner,

The cARTel Brand Management

May Barber

 

Founder & Managing Director,

The cARTel Brand Management

Michel Vandamme

 

Director of design and user experience

Bayut

Michelle de Hoogh

 

Managing Director,

Miccy’s Jewelz

Anri Hamilton

 

Style and Trends Manager,

Homecentre

Ivana Tanchella

 

Fashion Design Manager,

Trends Researcher

Hosein Moghaddas

 

CEO

YOOX Net a Porter Group Middle East