JURY


Adham Nadim


Egypt

Adham Nadim, CEO of NADIM Industries since 1999, has over 35 years in various capacities managing NADIM Industries. Starting his training at NADIM at the young age of 14, he received a B.A. in Islamic Art and Architecture from AUC in 1986. He has worked on several prestigious projects throughout the world. Given Nadim's passion for traditional arts and crafts, he participated in the six-year restoration and conservation of the Al Darb Al Asfar area, including the 16th-century Bayt el Suhaymi. Nadim is a co-founder and board member o f the NADIM Foundation for Heritage and Development. The foundation is documenting historic woodwork and working on the monumental Egyptian woodwork encyclopaedia, representing 5000 years of industry.
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Annabel Kassar


London, UK

Annabel Karim Kassar is a French-Lebanese architect and designer. She attended the School of Architecture (Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris) and graduated DPLG. As the founder of AKK Architects, with offices in Beirut, Dubai, and London, she has developed masterplans, commercial, cultural, and historical residential buildings, and interiors for office spaces, bars, clubs, and restaurants using its unique furniture and lighting collections. Her career has been devoted to exploring the frontier between eastern and western design in a series of majo r building projects across North America, the Levant, and the Gulf.   Current projects include a four-story London townhouse renovation; hospitality projects including Ella Funt restaurant in New York; two restaurants for the Rixos 5-star hotel chain in Dubai and Abu Dhabi; and a golf club in Ajman, UAE.
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Bahia Shehab


Lebanon - Egypt

Bahia Shehab is an artist and author based in Cairo. She is Professor of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has received a number of international awards including the BBC’s 100 women’s list, a TED Senior Fellowship, a Prince Claus Award, and the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. She is the founding director of TypeLab@AUC, her latest publications include You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution and the award- winning co-authored book A History of Arab Graphic Design.
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Brendan MacFarlane


Architect

Brendan MacFarlane has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Architectural Association in London; the Special School of Architecture in Paris; the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) in Los Angeles, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, MA. In 1998, he and Dominique Jakob co-founded Jakob+MacFarlane, a multi-disciplinary practice focused on architecture, urban planning and design. Their projects and works have been exhibited in museums worldwide, including Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum of Architecture (Moscow), and Victoria & Albert Museum (London) SFMOMA (San Francisco), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), and Carnegie Mellon (USA).
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Dima Rashid


Palestine

Dima Rashid, a jewellery designer with Palestinian roots, was born in Kuwait and raised in Saudi Arabia then moved to Canada before settling in Egypt. In 2003, she founded Dima Jewellery, which uses the finest 18kt hand hammered gold, dazzling diamonds, carefully selected precious, and semi-precious stones sourced from all over the world, Persia and India for an example. Each piece is meticulously hand-crafted and tailor-made, showcasing the natural and asymmetrical rhythms of the artisanal stones. Dima has excelled at blending the ancient and modern worlds, infusing her designs with a unique fusion of tradition and contemporary style. Her beautifully handcrafted jewelry reflects her exposure to diverse cultures and her life in Egypt, drawing inspiration from the vibrant colors and rhythms of the country's rich history. Dima's creations have adorned international celebrities and world leaders, including Queen Rania of Jordan, Yousra, Mona Zaki, Hend Sabry, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Gigi Hadid, Vanessa Williams, Susan Sarandon, and Eva Mendez.
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Eduardo Aires


Porto, Portugal

Eduardo Aires lives and works in Porto, Portugal. He graduated in Graphic Design at Porto University's Faculty of Fine Arts (FBAUP, 1987), where he is associate professor and was awarded his PhD (2006) with a thesis on Editorial Design. At FBAUP he would later be founder of the MA in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects. He is artistic director of Studio Eduardo Aires, a multidisciplinary design agency focusing on communication. Among the Studio's many internationally awarded projects is the identity of the city of Porto (2014). In addition to commissioned projects, he is dedicated to the creation of unique objects.
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Gauthier Guillaume


UAE / Dubai

Gauthier Guillaume is an award-winning interior designer. He founded GG & Grace International in 2010 with studios in Dubai, Cairo, and Nairobi. Gauthier has designed and delivered more than 30 hotel projects on four different continents and in 14 different countries. More recently, he founded Grace Virtual Reality, a dedicated team of experts specializing in designing and developing interactive and immersive virtual reality projects. Gauthier gets under the skin of brands and consumers to create captivating, meaningful virtual and physical rea lity experiences. He constantly opens his mind to un-thought-of design possibilities that make destinations magnetic, details that surprise, and experiences that touch the heart.
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Guillaume Crédoz


Beirut - Lebanon

At the forefront of the digital manufacturing revolution, Crédoz recognized it as a natural and tangible extension of his expertise. Following stints in various countries where he founded multiple architectural practices, he eventually established "Bits to Atoms," a distinctive venture dedicated to harnessing the potential of digital manufacturing to enhance craftsmanship in both architecture and design. In 2015, he founded the collective "BeirutMakers," and in 2020, he became part of Philip Beesley's "Living Architecture Systems Group" (LA SG) collective. Today, Crédoz's award-winning architectural firm, "Bits to Atoms," boasts a recent portfolio of projects includes the prestigious National Theater of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, contributing to the urban transformation of its port. Additionally, they've designed a pivotal third-place building for Tripoli in Lebanon and introduced "Ubic," an innovative system of modular prefabricated housing.
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Hisham Ghorab


Egypt

Hisham Ghorab is the co-founder and managing partner of Style Design, a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm established in Cairo in 1989. With over 30 years of industry experience, he has earned a reputation for creating and executing timeless and inspiring designs across a wide range of notable projects, including Khufu’s Restaurant, King Khufu Center at the Great Pyramids of Giza, Silversands Hotel and Villas in Grenada, Tahrir Cultural Center and Cafeteria at the American University in Cairo, Consoleya Co-Working Space in downt own Cairo, and many more. By following “invisible design” approach seamlessly blends each space into its surroundings, emphasising minimalism, sustainability, functionality, and the promotion of positive energy and well-being.
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Karim El Hayawan


Egypt

Karim El Hayawan, cofounder and principal designer of Design Point Studios founded and based in Cairo, Egypt in 2001. Priding itself on its multidisciplinary nature, immersed in diverse aspects of design, art, culture, and social engagement. Design Point has collaborated and engaged with well-respected designers, artists, artisans, and institutions both regionally and internationally to produce an array of projects, products, and installations. For Design Point, expression through various mediums and domains serves as a tool for raising ques tions, shifting mindsets, and creating impactful change. The studios’ diverse design ethos stems from the diversity of the founder's interests.
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Kegham Djeghalian


France

Kegham Djeghalian is a Paris and Cairo based multidisciplinary creative director, fashion practitioner, visual artist and educator. He is a Full Professor of Fashion Studies, Image & Design, and the Academic Ambassador of the Fashion Design Department at the German International University (GIU). Djeghalian has been a faculty member at Paris College of Art (PCA) since 2016. He was the Acting Pedagogic Director of the Master of Image Design in fashion at l’Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) in 2018 & 2019. He has collaborated with various fa shion houses the likes of Kenzo, Louboutin, Hermès and Dior on campaigns, advertorials and narrative strategies. In 2023, he led the first international educational design partnership of Dior with GIU in Cairo.
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Michael Schneider


Southern Germany

Michael Schneider, founder of designschneider, has shaped the design landscape since 1993 with his innovative approach to product, furniture, and exhibition design. Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart and with experience at Phoenix Design, Schneider's designs balance beauty with function. Over the years, he's been recognized with prestigious accolades including multiple red dot awards. Whether mentoring the next generation at institutions like the University of Arts in Berlin or traveling the globe for inspiration, Schneider remai ns a driving force in the design world.
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Miroslaw Leczek


Poland

Miroslaw is a graduate engineer in Industrial Design from FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, he worked as a Product and Industrial Designer in an extended field of industrial design, including consumer goods, electronic appliances, and furniture. Since the beginning of 2020, he has been appointed Ass. Prof. at the Industrial Design Department of the Design Faculty at GIU German International University, Cairo. He was leading, both conceptually and hands-on, the general establishment of the Industrial Design Department throughout the last three years. As a multicultural spirit passionate about design and nature, he currently deals with discourses and designs towards sustainable technologies of care. He questions, in a holistic and detailed sense, how, where, when, and why we introduce care into our practice as designers.
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Mohamed Attia


Egypt

Mohamed Attia is an Egyptian award-winning art director and production designer who has established a prominent name in the industry across Egypt and the Arab region. He started his career in 2004, working on Klephty film by director Mohamed Khan. Following that, he collaborated with Mohamed Khan once more on Banat Wist El-balad and Fi Shaket Mar El Gedeeda. Throughout his career, Attia worked on key Egyptian films by prominent directors, including Marwan Hamed, whom he worked with in the horror film series The Blue Elephant, The Origi nals and Diamond Dust. Attia has also been one of the key artistic directors behind various public events, Including the execution process for The Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the World Youth Forum in 2018 and 2019, the latest three consecutive editions of the Cairo International Film Festival and the third edition of El Gouna FIlm Festival. In 2021, Attia became a jury member of Set Design Competition of Cairo Design Awards and took part in the parade celebrating the restoration of Luxor's Al-Kebash Road (Rams Road) as a production designer. Attia's 2021 works also include the design for Coco Chanel, which marks Sharihan's remarkable comeback, and Al Aref: Awdat Younis (The Knower), starring Ahmed Ezz, which grossed more than 50 million EGP.
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Monica Alberte


France

Monica Alberte is a Production Designer, and Set Decorator currently located between Paris, London and Budapest. She has more than twenty years of experience working in many countries like the US, England, France, Spain, Czech Republic and Hungary. Monica is known for Yves Saint Laurent (2013), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Allied (2016), The Aftermath (2018), Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children (2016), Terminator: Dark Fate (2019), and Alien Romulus (2024). She graduated in 2004 from the ECAM Madrid Film School, Production Design/Art dire ction for Film & TV. She also did further “Production Design” studies in California State University, Los Angeles and in the “Les Gobelins, L école de l' image” in Paris France. Recently, Monica got nominated on her role of set decorator by the Emmys Awards for the “Outstanding Production Design for A Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)” for the Tv Series “The Great” (Episode 10: Wedding), she got as well nominated as Set decorator by the SDSA awards, and ADG awards
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Okhtein "Aya & Mounaz"


Egypt

OKHTEIN, founded by Egyptian sisters Aya and Mounaz, creates unique handmade fashion that blends art and history. They empower and celebrate modern Arab women while challenging stereotypes. The brand values family, unity, and sharing life's joys. In 2021, they joined forces with Bidayat Investment Group, led by Engineer Rachid Mohamed Rachid, who chairs Valentino and runs Mayhoola, the parent company of Balmain. This partnership is aimed at supporting OKHTEIN's aspirations to become a global leader in premium fashion.
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Tarek Atrissi


Netherlands

Lebanese-Dutch designer Tarek Atrissi is the founder of Tarek Atrissi Design, a design studio based in Barcelona and with offices in the Netherlands. The studio’s typographic and cross cultural design approach produced projects that left a significant influence on the contemporary graphic design landscape in the Middle East, and gained Atrissi international recognition.  Atrissi received the distinguished Alumni awards from both the American University of Beirut and the School of Visual Arts in New York, from where he holds an MFA in de sign entrepreneurship. His other awards include the prestigious D&AD award in London. The Type Directors Club award in New York; and a nomination to the German Design Awards. His clients include Apple, the V&A museum in London, BBC, Dubai Television and the Arab Museum of Modern Arts "Mathaf". Atrissi founded the Arabic Type Foundry, designing and distributing Arabic & multilingual typefaces for branding needs. Atrissi received a major grant for supporting the development of typographic practice in Egypt, from the highly esteemed " Creative Industries Fund NL": the biggest cultural funds in Holland supporting cultural design projects with funding from the Netherland’s ministries of culture and education. 
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Tha'er Qub'a


Jordan

Tha'er Qub'a, founder and managing director of Tha’er Qub’a Architects, based in Amman, Jordan, since 1992 and an industrial professor at the German Jordanian University since 2012. He has great experience in designing residential and commercial projects in Jordan and abroad. He won many local and regional architectural competitions, including the Dewan Award for Architecture (Tamayouz) in 2019.   He supervised students’ graduation projects at GJU, which won many local, regional, and international awards.   A jury member for unde rgraduate projects in universities in Jordan and Palestine He earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Jordan University in 1989.
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