Steven Mifsud

Managing Director, Direct Access, UK

Profoundly deaf Steven Mifsud has worked within Universal Design and access for People of Determination for over twenty years. In 2004 he launched Direct Access growing it into the leading Universal Design and accessibility consultancy working on large scale iconic projects around the world. Millions of people daily use services or buildings he has advised on accessibility.

Steven also advised on the development of the new British Standard, BS 8300 on the design of buildings and their approaches for disabled people. Within that he was worked with Governments and landscape designers to create innovative and accessible designs for everyone to enjoy.

Shujat Mirza

Chapter President, VR/AR Association, UAE

Maja Gligic-Bosse

Head of Landscape, Azizi Developments, UAE

Maja has graduated from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and during that time has been involved in the design and construction of the first golf courses in the country.

Her passion for golf and more specifically towards using ecological approach in golf course design led her to her first work engagement outside the country, when she joined reputable Golf Architects ”Harradine Golf” in Dubai, UAE, in 2006.

After spending four fruitful years within the company, Maja took on a challenging role as a Project manager for a fit-out company in Baku, Azerbaijan. Being involved in different aspects of design broadens her views towards using landscape in creating desirable living spaces.

After spending a year in Denmark, she returned to the UAE in 2012, where she worked as Project Manager and Senior Landscape Architect for leading companies such as Dorsch Consulting in Abu Dhabi and Desert Group in Dubai.

Currently she holds the position as Head of Landscape within the Engineering Department at Azizi Developments, where she introduced an overall idea of developing and improving landscape design of the company’s real estate projects, which lead to establishing full team of landscape architects working towards the same goal. 

Phil Dunn

Design and Planning Manager, The Sustainable City, UAE

Phil is a graduate of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He has been working in the UAE since 2005 and currently is Design and Planning manager at SEE Nexus for Diamond Developer’s Sustainable City Project.

He is an advocate for environmental awareness and has a keen interest in Permaculture and Biodynamic farming. Phil is a LEED accredited Professional and

believes a landscape “should not only be beautiful but also be productive.”

Filippo Sana

Managing Director-Global Hospitality, Drees & Sommer, UAE

Dr. Jennifer Camulli

Senior Consultant and Autism Specialist, Direct Access, UAE

Jennifer is a Senior Consultant and Autism specialist at Universal Design consultancy Direct Access. She has worked primarily with education clients in Macau, Singapore and Dubai providing training, workshops and presentations to Educational Therapists, schools/teachers, and parents on special education, early childhood education and inclusion practices. This includes extensive work on the impact of play on health factors. She has successfully published academic articles on Autism and ADHD.

Farah Mekkawi

Senior Landscape Architect, AECOM, UAE

Farah has 7 years industry experience gained over the Middle East region and formally educated in Landscape Architecture and Eco-Management.

Working throughout the Middle East with exposure to major roles that includes; senior landscape architect, design team manager, project manager, construction supervision and contracts manager.

Experience with in the listed roles has provided exposure to a diverse range of projects instilling a thorough competence in areas of the design & construction industry.

Worked with both the Consultant and Contracting sector in the full delivery of landscape projects.

Strengths in communication, leadership& stakeholder management has provided elevation into management roles; effectively leading teams and industry professionals across multiple projects simultaneously.

Edward Stillinger

Senior Manager - Landscape Architecture, Khatib & Alami, UAE

Edward is the Senior Landscape Manager for Khatib & Alami in the Sharjah office.  In his career Edward has worked as a Landscape Architect, urban design consultant and a developer client in Canada, USA, Asia and the Middle East.

His work has been comprised of sustainable urban project design and management in over 20 countries. His approach has been collaborative and multi-disciplinary, specializing in broad based problem solving that synthesizes expert information into comprehensive solutions addresing social, environmental and economic aspects of new community creation.

With a background that includes ecological restoration Edward brings a holistic approach to the integration of landscape architecture, planning, and environmental principles.

Robyn Monro Miller

Robyn's has 25 years’ experience working with children and families across Education and government in Australia.  

With qualifications in education, and community management, she is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars across Australia and internationally as well as a spokesperson on children's issues in the media.

A member of the International Play Association since attending her first IPA conference in Melbourne in 1993, Robyn was formally co-opted to the position of Vice President of the International Play Association in 2012 before taking on the role of President in 2017.

In 2012 Robyn was part of the international delegation to the United Nations in Geneva to progress the development of the UN General Comment on Article 31 “The child’s right to play”. In 2013, Robyn facilitated an International World Café on Article 31 at the official launch in Geneva of the General Comment. Most recently in 2016 she was in Geneva for the International Day of Discussion on children and the natural environment and worked on the IPA project “Under the same sky”.

Robyn remains passionately committed to social inclusion and the development of communities that nurture and support children and offer opportunities for them to engage with their local community.