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DDC breakfast forum on Smart & Healthy Workplaces
02/05/2019

Dutch Design Center, the first-of-its-kind online and offline platform for Dutch design in the Middle East, hosted an open breakfast forum with thought leaders to discuss the importance of smart and healthy workplaces.

Speakers included Onno Willemse, Director Business Development Smart Buildings of Royal HaskoningDHV; Marcos Bish, Managing Director of Summertown Interiors and Jan Arentoft, Managing Director of Royal Ahrend Middle East.

The forum took place in the Dubai Design District, with each speaker providing a different perspective on smart and healthy workplaces. Onno Willemse presented compelling case studies on how engineering consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV has helped businesses analyse an employees’ journey and utilise their workplace’s data to improve their processes and productivity. Whilst, Marcos Bish focussed on how to deliver a sustainable fit out that enhances the workplace environment and provides social, environmental and economic benefits. Finally, Jan Arentoft shared the benefits of agile working, sustainable furniture and Ahrend’s new smart technological app, PuK, which enables employees to easily find colleagues and available workplaces, making flexible working more productive and enjoyable.

During the concluding Q&A and panel discussion, moderated by Vineetha Mathew, Founding Partner of Sustainable Mindz, all speakers were aligned that creating workplaces that enhance employee happiness and productivity should be a top priority for companies. Also, if done well, smart and healthy workplaces can positively impact a company’s bottom line. Employees will be more engaged and work better together, costs will be managed more efficiently and the company will gain credibility in the market.

About Dutch Design Center:
The Dutch Design Center in Dubai is an inspiring online and offline platform for the best and latest of Dutch design that aims to spark unique collaborations internationally. Building an inclusive and dynamic community is one of the Dutch Design Center’s main strategic priorities; to exchange knowledge, educate, unlock business opportunities and innovate across borders. The Dutch Design Center is a collaborative initiative of leading Dutch firms: Hunter Douglas, Keller Kitchens, Royal Ahrend and Skyne.