05 February 2009

VCUQatar Announces Keynote Speaker and Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros.Co.WLL as a Sponsor for Mousharaka

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar in partnership with Icograda is proud to announce Mark Kingwell as a keynote speaker for the Mousharaka conference. Mousharaka will take place at VCUQatar from 28 February to 5 March, 2009.

Mario Gagliardi is CEO of the Design Zone Qatar, a new member of Qatar Foundation and a visionary development project for the first global creative hub in the Arabian Gulf. Mr. Gagliardi crafted the strategy for the Design Zone while leading ‘mg strategy’, a think-tank for design. The Design Zone will be a place to inspire, a platform for education, and a catalyst for design thinking and innovation. The Design Zone will be a global forum for creative minds and entrepreneurial leaders in a large-scale area exclusively dedicated to international creative industries. It is the first major project in the Gulf dedicated entirely to creativity and design, and as such, a major impetus for the future.

Prior to his appointment by Qatar Foundation, Mr. Gagliardi advised the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and contributed in shaping a design culture in Korea as Chief Designer of LG, advisor for the Korea Institute of Design Promotion, and advisor for Samsung. He has taught in universities worldwide and has authored articles on design and strategy that have been published in six languages. He has been awarded numerous prizes such as the Domus design prize and the Good Design Mark of the Korean Republic, holds an MBA from the University of Westminster and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

VCUQatar is also proud to announce Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co., WLL as a sponsor for Mousharaka.

AAB was founded in 1948 by one of Qatar’s pioneering business families initiating a solid partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation as the sole agent for Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Qatar in 1964. Since then, it has grown to more than 800 staff and annual sales exceeding 14,000 units for the third consecutive year.

AAB is always in the forefront of new, be it as pillars of the business community or sponsors for major events – from sports, cultural and educational to philanthropic. Some of them include the Qatar Masters Golf Tournament, the 4th Doha Cultural Festival, the Al Jazeera TV Festival and HH The Emir Cup and HH The Heir apparent Football Championships.

Changing with the needs of time and bringing more professionalism to the system, AAB has expansion plans in the offing focusing on the challenges ahead, keeping in line with their principal’s leading position in the world.

Mousharaka / The Icograda Design Week in Qatar, presented by VCUQatar, is composed of the Education Symposium and the Professional Conference, where prominent speakers will share perspectives on design and design collaborations. VCUQatar is also spearheading the creation of MEDEA – the Middle East Design Educators Association - a platform for educators charged with getting the most out of design. For more information about Mousharaka, featured speakers and events, and to register please visit http://www.mousharaka.com/

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