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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.


  • Business
    The MECSC has also grown its membership base by 54% under his leadership in the past three years to over 1000 members. Revenue and profitability of the MECSC has risen four (4) fold since taking over leadership of the organization.
  • Public Relations
    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.
  • Motivational Speaking
    A motivational speaker, David is also a lecturer on current property issues at international universities in Dubai and the Dubai School of Government.

    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.


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  • “ 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