Waleed Fakousa will speak on the topic:
STARTING FROM ZERO – A CAREER PATH IN LIGHTING
Waleed Fakousa is the head of CD+Mʼs architectural lighting design studio in Dubai, and the managing director of The
Lighting Institute. With more than a decade practicing lighting design in Europe and the Middle East, Waleed believes that
elevating the awareness & understanding of light within the design community is a key factor contributing in appreciating
the quality and value of the profession. He has designed and worked on a cross-section of award winning international
projects in Europe and the Middle East varying from shopping malls, public realm, museums, offices, hotels & healthcare.
He has also been awarded the 40Under40 recognition by LUX magazine during Lighting Design awards 2016 in London, UK.
Waleed holds a Masters degree in architectural lighting design from Hochschule Wismar, Germany, since 2009. He is striving
to improve and solidify the role of the lighting community in the MENA region and how we, as a profession, can greatly
enhance the lives of others through knowledge transfer and education.
MANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDER | The Lighting Institute, Waleed runs The Lighting Institute and contributed in
composing all educational materials and collaborated with top institutions and individuals leading the profession
worldwide. He is also a member of The Lighting Design Alliance which is a recent movement for accrediting lighting
Designers. He has been a keynote speaker in many conferences and events including PLDC, Light Middle East, Lighting
Design Summit and Smart Lighting Summit. Waleed also is also the course director and runs the architectural lighting,
hospitality lighting and daylight courses at TLI.
HEAD OF ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING DESIGN | CD+M Lighting Design Group, Waleed currently runs CD+Mʼs architectural
lighting design studio in Dubai. He has assisted the company in many projects to be nominated and win the Middle East
Lighting Design Awards 2014, 2016 and 2017 in multiple categories. His main roles at CD+M are studio manager, project
manager and head of design.
LIGHTING DESIGNER | Kardorff Ingenieure, Berlin, Germany, Waleed worked as a lighting designer at one of
Germanyʼs leading design firms. He has designed and assisted in many sophisticated projects
(such as museums, libraries, hospitals, offices, etc) for daylight and artificial light