Photo: Richard John Rhayem

Doreen Toutikian is a cultural producer & entrepreneur with a background in human-centered design & academia


She is founder and former Executive Director of Beirut Design Week, founder & President of MENA Design Research Center, and Co-founder of LOOP.


She is former curator for films and documentaries at State of Concept, an arts institution in Athens, where she developed an Arab Feminist Films program.

She lectures Master students on design research, history, and theory at Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts, where she is also a member of the pedagogical committee of the Design department.

Her consultancy work focuses on human-centered design with non-profit organizations such as UNRWA for Palestinian refugee camps development and IOM for Creative & Cultural Industries development in Kurdistan.

Her book, 'Design Education in the Middle East', which was awarded the Cologne Design Prize in 2010, marked the beginning of her career in Beirut where she set out to build a collective design community and enhance the understanding of design and research in the region.


She believes that collaboration and community building is essential to the success of all cultural projects, therefore she has initiated various projects in order to encourage multidisciplinary teamwork. Such projects include ‘Public Design Intervention: Beirut’ (2010), 'Desmeem: Rethinking Design though Cross-Cultural Collaboration (2012)', 'Disrupt!/Design!' (2015/16) and 'Beirut Design Week' (annual event since 2012). In 2013, Beirut Design Week was awarded the Lebanese Social Economic Award.

Doreen is an advisor to various global networks including the ‘International Gender Design Network’, the 'Board of International Research in Design/BIRD', a fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar, a fellow of Mophradat and a member of the Young Cultural Innovators of the British Council. She has often served as a mentor and juror for student examinations and start-up competitions, and is a regular public speaker at various conferences around the world. She is also an avid traveller, speaks six languages (English, Arabic, French, German, Greek and Armenian) and lives in Beirut and Athens.

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