David Macadam

CEO, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, UAE

With a career spanning 38 years in the retail industry, David brings an unrivalled understanding of global retail real estate, portfolio management and retail business development. With years of technical expertise and leadership skills, David is responsible for driving the MECSC organization’s corporate vision in the MENA region. The primary roles of the MECSC are to enhance the members experience, to promote and facilitate the members retail business, to faciliate the growth of the retail real estate business and to raise the personal profiles of all retail professionals in the MENA region

As CEO of the MECSC for the MENA region, the organization has grown now representing over 840 Shopping Centres. The MECSC has also grown its membership base by 54% under his leadership in the past years to over 1000 members. Revenue and profitability of the MECSC has risen four (4) fold since taking over leadership of the organization.

David is a regular contributor to local and international newspapers including Gulf News and Khaleej Times and numerous Magazines with articles on topics associated with current retail industry trends, commercial real estate and residential property challenges and opportunities. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, Dubai One, Dubai City 7 TV, Selfie TV and Dubai Zee television as a retail expert in the MENA region. In radio, on Dubai Eye 103.8, David is regularly on air as the retail industry expert, retail property market commentator and guest.

A Canadian, resident in the UAE for fifteen years, David was Chairman of the Canadian Business Council in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  He is also a registered member of RERA in Dubai. David has held leading roles in the region with major shopping centre development companies and advisory firms before taking over in 2013 as the CEO of the MECSC.

The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) is the regional trade body representing the Shopping Centre Industry in the Middle East. The council is governed by a board of directors and assisted by regional representatives.
The mission of MECSC is to provide an effective forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge sharing and to be a facilitator to the development of the shopping centre industry in the Middle East.

Established in 1994, MECSC has grown over the years and has a strong and closely connected member base of over 1000 industry professionals from all over the Middle East representing shopping mall owners, developers, marketing managers, leasing managers and specialists, retailers, consultants, property managers, financiers, accountants, government officials and industry suppliers.

The MECSC territory covers the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.  For more information, visit ww.mecsc.org


Monday, 9th December, 2019

15:45  -  16:35
LEARNING LABS – Session 1: Developing Agility

Pillar 3:

Session 1: Developing Agility
(Expert Briefing – 2 x 15-min TED-style presentations followed by Q&A)

Our speakers will provide a deeper dive into foresighting and agility. They will carry on a dynamic conversation focusing on how associations and their communities are adapting to new economies as part of their resilience strategy, such as the Sharing / Circular / Experience / Innovation / Platform / Knowledge economies. They will also demonstrate that “Learning organisations” are organisations who:

  • Develop adaptability
  • Implement local strategies that are scalable globally,
  • Initiate sector-wide responses to external disruptions, and
  • Implement swiftly and precisely while regularly gather and incorporate feedback from inside and outside.


Areas of impact: