Featuring industry experts, analysts and strategists, the inaugural series of workshops have been developed to empower design professionals with tools, skills and information to help them future-proof their proposals, and enhance their offerings, both commercially and creatively.

Carolina Calzada-Oliveira, co-founder of the UK-based colour strategists Calzada Fox consults for some of the leading design brands around the world; she will present colour trends for 2020.

CEO and Founder of the international luxury design firm Taylor Howes and well-respected mentor to design entrepreneurs, Karen Howes brings her famous ‘Business of Design’ seminar to the fair. Alongside, Marcus Butler, LinkedIn’s Territory Director for the UAE, will guide design businesses on how to better their brand awareness and attract top talent in our competitive landscape.

With her finger on the pulse of hospitality design, Molly Dolan, the Content Manager at Sleeper Magazine will discuss the emerging industry trends, while Oliver Baxter, the Insight Programme Manager from Herman Miller will share the future of workplace design.

On Friday 16 November, the programming will expand to include public visitors, with workshops focused on the application of human centred design and its influence on everyday life.

Marina Ojan, the Master School Director at IED Barcelona and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator, will use the element of play in two sessions focused on team building and communication.

Between them, social media strategist Ashley Cadzow and the UAE-based designer Nisrine El Lababidi Moghraby have over 60,000 followers on Instagram. They will guide design professionals and enthusiasts on how to build their social media presence.

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