One-on-one, personalised mentorships for emerging and established designers

Apply for an opportunity for one-on-one personalized mentorship

DDFC matches design professionals with industry leaders for a personalised, one-on-one mentorship that lasts for 3months


From business specialists to industry leaders, they offer invaluable guidance to designers in starting a business, building a brand, creating innovative work and excelling in their field


Mentorship is offered in the following areas: Creative, Business Planning and Strategy, Finance, Marketing and Sales.

Who is eligible:

DDFC Member: Emerging Designer Members, Established Designer Members


  • DDFC Member: Mentorship is only offered for DDFC members – emerging and established designers
  • Segment: Only designers working with one of the 5 design segments will be considered (Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Product Design)
  • Professional experience: Designers must have at least 1 year relevant work experience.

Selection Criteria

  • Professional experience
  • Academic background
  • Language skills: Designer should inform DDFC of language preferences. This can influence which Mentors will be able to work with the potential candidate
  • Mentorship Areas
  • Challenges: Mentors must feel they have the capacity and expertise to add value and address the challenges identified by the designers

Mentorship Cycles

Mentorship is offered three times a year as follows:

  • January to March – Application deadline November 25th
  • April to June – Application deadline February 24th
  • October to December – Application deadline September 9th

To apply please download the application form.
Email the completed form to

Meet the industry leaders helping to shape Dubai’s design future.

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

DDFC Board Member

Dr. Amina Alrustamani

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

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

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

DDFC Board Member

Nisha Jagtiani

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

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

DDFC Board Member

Saeed Mohammad Maesam Al Falasi

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

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