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    26 May 2022

    Best practices to cultivating design talents across MENA discussed at INDEX Design Talks 2022

    Kourosh Salehi our MENA Design Director joined over 100 speakers at INDEX Design Talks, one of the region’s cornerstone events on Thursday 26th May 2022.

    The physical Panel Discussion held at 4:00 pm discussed how to create great learning environments that fosters growth and development for young designers.

    As Head of Studio for the MENA region and an active educator at several leading institutions across middle east, UK, and China for over twenty years, he shared his research on best practices when it comes to nurturing talents in the creative economy through catered programs that develop individualism while contributing to the success of a wider team.

    Held at Hall 7, Dubai World Tarde Center the panelists included:

    Ammar Al Assam, Chief Executive Officer, Dewan Architects + Engineers

    Hani Asfour, Dean, DIDI

    Dr Harpreet Seth, Associate Professor, Head of Architecture, Director of Studies, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot-Watt University Dubai

    The panelists agreed that COVID-19 pandemic caused individuals to pause and reflect on their purpose in work and life, institutions in order to attract and retain the best talent, need to become places where people are able to flourish. The key is to be agile and adaptive as we completely rebuild and reimagine how we show up to work. Innovation in leadership is less about deploying better technology and tools, and more about focusing on people and culture. This is the age to harness intelligence and augment it with emotion and empathy.

    In looking toward the future, leaders have a new mandate: to become catalysts for progress and co-create a place for people to flourish, have purpose and do their best work.