INDEX 2021 announces speakers for design talks

INDEX, the Middle East’s largest and longest-serving dedicated trade show for the interior design, architecture and fit-out industry announces the first round of speakers that will participate in the annual, free-to-attend, INDEX Design Talks this May.

The reveal of the 2021 edition of INDEX Design Talks follows last month’s confirmation of the return of the 30th edition of the fair. The event will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 31 May to 2 June 2021, in-person, allowing the interiors industry to meet once again since 2019.

The Design Talks have become a must-attend feature of the regional design calendar in recent years, bringing the most talented, creative, and successful design leaders together to share candid insights into the key dynamics being faced by the industry in this challenging time.

Held over the duration of the fair, the INDEX Design Talks, in association with GEBERIT, will feature 15 distinct sessions and discussions between 50 expert speakers, with plans that 2021 will be the most relevant edition yet. This year’s INDEX Design Talks are highly anticipated, marrying insights from the industry’s most creative and entrepreneurial minds with a long-overdue opportunity for the whole community to re-unite, re-connect and knowledge-share once again.

Confirmed speakers so far, include:

  • Firas Alsahin, Co-Founder & Design Director, 4SPACE Design
  • Chris Barnes, Founder & Managing Director, Broadway Interiors
  • Paul Bishop, Owner & Founder, Bishop Design by Paul Bishop
  • Carla Conte, Founder & Creative Director, Brand Creative
  • Pallavi Dean, Founder & Creative Director, Roar
  • David Lessard, Partner & Design Director, H+A
  • Kevin Mclachlan, Founder / CEO, NOMAD|K
  • Christian Merieau, Founding Partner, MMAC Design Associates
  • Diane Thorsen, Design Director & Principal, Gensler
  • Kristina Zanic, Owner, Kristina Zanic Design Consultants

Attendees will be able to hear leading design experts explain their latest thinking and expertise on everything from new aesthetic trends; the expanding opportunity to influence end-user wellbeing and safety; analysis of new commercial and legal realities and tactics for accessing established procurement channels right through to international market analysis, sourcing and business development strategies.

Firas Alsahin, Co-Founder & Design Director, 4SPACE Design comments: “Speaking at the INDEX Design Talks is a real recognition among the industry. The programme is well established and always great quality. This year, I think we’re all really excited to be together again, sharing our experiences and the approaches that we’ve been taking to overcome the challenges of this period. It will be like a reunion, except in front of a live audience! I’m looking forward to lively debates and a real sense of industry camaraderie this year, and no-doubt we’ll all be leaving INDEX inspired with new ideas and takeaways from the sessions.”

Access to INDEX and the INDEX Design Talks is by advance online pre-registration only, and with limited availability. Get your pass online at

Registration to INDEX is free and also gives access to co-located events including The Hotel Show, Workspace and The Leisure Show, as well as a broad variety of insights, experiences, installations, and product showcases. It will be held as a physical event and has been certified by Venue Safe and dmg events COVID-19 All Secure Protocols.