Elie Mrad is a qualified architect with more than 20 years of experience working in markets as diverse as Australia, the UAE and South Sudan. As Head of Architecture and Design at Arada, Mrad has been instrumental in the creation of the masterplan and villa design for the developer’s record-breaking first project, Nasma Residences. More recently, he has been responsible for the design of key residential blocks in Phases 1 and 2 of Aljada, and is working closely with Zaha Hadid Architects on the delivery of the Central Hub, a bold new leisure and entertainment district for the UAE. He previously served as Head of Architecture at Arcadia Middle East, and as Senior Architect at Dewan Architects & Engineers. Mrad’s other roles have included Managing Director of Venture International, and Senior Architect at Kann Finch. The projects he has worked on include Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi, Dubai Festival City and the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Yas Island. Mrad holds a BSc in Architectural Engineering from Beirut Arab University and an MSc in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Sydney.