With a career spanning 35 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 Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) / International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) organization’s corporate vision in the MENA region.
The primary roles of the MECSC / ICSC 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 / ICSC for the MENA region, the organization has grown now representing over 580 Shopping Centres.
Ambassador for the Dubai Government – Ambassador for the Dubai Association Centre speaking about the retail industry in Dubai and the UAE. Travels globally in these speaking engagements.
David is a regular contributor to local and international newspapers and magazines with articles on topics associated with current retail industry trends, commercial real estate and residential property challenges and opportunities. He has appeared on BBC, Bloomberg, Dubai One, Dubai City 7 TV and Dubai Zee television as a retail property commentator in the MENA region. In radio, on Dubai Eye 103.8, David is regularly on air as the retail industry expert, property market commentator and guest.
A motivational speaker, David is also a lecturer on current property issues at international universities in Dubai and the Dubai School of Government. See links to TV and radio recordings below. In addition, he is a registered member of RERA in Dubai and member of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC).
“ My passion and success in life is and always has been to connect people together to facilitate their business. Whether to learn of the latest up and coming trends in retail or to secure a prime investment retail property, people connect with me to facilitate their business plans. ” - David Macadam