The fourth KOHLER Design Forum in 2018 is opening its doors on 14 November 2018 in Dubai. As a partner of the Dubai Design Week, the Middle East team hosts three exciting events during the big design festival and trade show. The KOHLER Design Forum Dubai is the main event to bring architects and designers from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and the whole Middle East region together for an afternoon of thought-provoking presentations by industry leaders and well-known personalities in the architecture and design space. Following the global theme of ‘All Things Connected’ the speakers discuss rapid integration of technology, adding IoT to everyday life, increased connectivity, and advances in artificial intelligence. As in the other locations, Monocle is the media partner for the event and Robert Bound, senior editor at Monocle, will lead guests through the event and moderates the panel with the four speakers. The speaker line-up for Dubai is a ‘who’s who’ of design professionals at the forefront of transforming to the digital age.
Sania Abbas is a Business Unit Executive at Watson IOT, IBM for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey where she uses high performance and lean methodology to help Watson IoT succeed in the marketplace. Sania is well recognized across the region and an established IBM’s leader in enterprise asset management and continuous engineering solutions. She has worked at IBM for more than 15 years in a variety of leadership roles and has spent the past 12 years working out of Dubai.
Paul Priestman is a designer, global creative director, and chairman at the global design consultancy PriestmanGoode. The consultancy is specialized in large-scale projects in infrastructure, aviation, transportation, hospitality, and product design. Paul has built a strong reputation for his award-winning future concepts – visionary ideas to improve our everyday lives and encourage sustainable, long-term thinking. He is highly regarded as one of Britain’s most influential designers and in 2017 was awarded the London Design Medal for Innovation. His work is used by millions of people around the world every day.
Giovanni de Niederhäusern is the CEO of Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) in Turin, Italy, and New York, USA. He graduated in engineering and architecture in 2008. Since 2006, Carlo has collaborated with several Italian architectural practices including Iosa Ghini Associati in Bologna. In 2009, he joined the MIT Senseable City Laboratory as Research Affiliate when he also started collaborating with CRA as a designer and project manager. In 2014, he earned an MBA from LUISS Business School in Rome. He has also been a lecturer at Italian universities, such as the Politecnico di Torino and LUNA Bologna. Since 2017, he has been the CEO at CRA – in charge of opening CRA’s new office in the United States.
Richard Kong, our vice president of Industrial Design, leads the industrial-design, human-factors and design-research functions for Kohler Kitchen & Bath Americas. Richard has more than 26 years’ experience as a design leader and consultant for many globally renowned brands. He has a degree in economics, another in transportation design and is an adjunct professor of transportation design at ArtCenter College of Design in California.
The KOHLER Design Forum takes place on 14 November at Atrium, Building 4, Dubai Design District. To sign up and be part of the exciting presentations and the panel discussion that will follow the talks, please visit www.kohlerdesigndubai.com and register.