About the Team

About the Team

The team comprises a wealth of experience both in the fields of design and event organization in the region and beyond

Rue Kothari, Fair Director

Rue runs Downtown Design using her considerable local design knowledge in ensuring the fair keeps its place as the region’s leading design trade show.

She is one of Dubai’s most influential personalities in the design industry and is credited for many initiatives, including when as Editor in Chief she made Harper’s Bazaar Interiors into one of the most respected luxury interior magazines in the Middle East.

Mette Degn-Christensen, Partnerships Director

Mette supports Downtown Design through strategic partnerships, communications and content development.

Before moving to Dubai, Mette headed-up Alexandra PR in London, a leading design public relations company, working with a range of clients across design and luxury, including a number of design trade events. 

Kelly King, Head of Operations and Exhibitor Relations

A trained events specialist in the exhibitions and luxury markets, Kelly is responsible for the production and operation of Downtown Design working with exhibitors, suppliers and contractors. Kelly makes the show happen!

Her background includes working at Reed Exhibitions managing a range of events and exhibitions.


William Knight, Director of Dubai Design Week

Overseeing the Dubai Design Week, Will works to ensure Downtown Design has the best possible support and is connected to relevant content and designers in Dubai during the Week.

Will brings years of experience having held positions of Deputy Director of London Design Festival and more recently the Show Director for two of London’s key design trade events: 100% Design and Clerkenwell Design Week at Media 10 Ltd.