2015-2017 IFI Executive Board

Selected by members every two years at the General Assembly, IFI is led by a President and governed by an Executive Board consisting of the President, Past-President and President-Elect and four to six other Board Members.

The men and women that serve in the IFI Board are fundamental for our organization to carry out its mission. We thank them for their passion and commitment to further the Interiors profession at a worldwide level.

Sebastiano Raneri
IFI President ITALY

Past President of the Associazione Italiana Progettisti d’Interni, AIPI
Vice-president, Polidesign Consortium of Politecnico, Milan

Sebastiano Raneri boasts a noteworthy record of contribution to the development of the Interiors profession both within and beyond Italy. In addition to serving as President of Associazione Italiana Progettisti d’Interni (AIPI) from 2008-2014, he has enjoyed three successful decades as Founder and Principle of Nuccio Raneri Design Studio, which specializes in private buildings, interior design, urban design, renovation and design of residential houses, as well as healthcare and religious buildings in Italy and abroad. Sebastiano, as Vice-President and Teacher at the Polidesign Consortium of Politecnico in Milan, worked to develop vocational training and establish standards for professional qualification. Along with yearly appearances abroad at conferences, as a speaker and coordinator, Sebastiano is featured in international magazines, publishing articles about the current projects, interviews and research. He holds a diploma in Technical Design with a specialization in Interior Design and Interior Decoration from the OPQAI in Paris.

Steve Leung

Founder and Director, Steve Leung Architects Ltd./Steve Leung Designers Ltd.
Executive Director of Design Committee, China National Interior Decoration Association
Creative Director, ‘Steve Leung & yoo’

Steve Leung is a Hong Kong-born leading architect, interior and product designer. As a dedicated contemporary-style advocate, Steve’s works reflect a strong and unique character of minimalism, with skillful adoption of Asian culture & arts.

Steve set up his own architectural and urban planning consultancy in 1987 and restructured the company into Steve Leung Architects Ltd. and Steve Leung Designers Ltd. in 1997. Headquartered in Hong Kong and has branch four offices in China, the company has over 400 highly-calibred staff to work on a wide spectrum of property development and hospitality projects.

Steve has led extensive famed projects and has been credited with over 120 design and corporate awards in Asia Pacific region and worldwide. With a worldwide recognition, Steve was invited to join yoo, an international acclaimed design company founded by property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and Philippe Starck, as Creative Director of ‘Steve Leung & yoo’, as well as having product collaborations with international brands such as Graham and Brown, Visionnaire and Villeroy & Boch.

As the Executive Director of Design Committee at China National Interior Decoration Association (CIDA) and one of the founders of C Foundation, Steve has served the design industry in many capacities with enthusiasm.

Iris Dunbar
IFI Past President 2014-2015 UNITED KINGDOM

Founder of The Interior Design School, London
Past President of the British Institute of Interior Design
Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers
Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts
External Assessor at Glasgow Caledonian University

A pioneer of Interior Design in its modern form, Iris Dunbar studied Interiors within the School of Architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland. As practitioner and educator her aim is to establish Interior Design as an essential discipline within the built environment.

Her career began as an Interior Designer with Building Design Partnership, an interdisciplinary practice of architects, designers and engineers. Projects included The English Tourist Board, Logica plc, Northern Bank of Ireland. Since 1976, she has had her own company combining Interior Design with Graphic and Exhibition design with commissions ranging from The London Fashion Exhibition to the Albert Dock development in Liverpool.

Over the last decade, she has devoted time to raise the perception of the profession within the British Institute of Interior Design as Education Director and President 2008-2010 and within the Executive Board of The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers as President 2014-2015.

Combining teaching and practice over her career informs her strongly held view that Interior Design should be taught within a professional framework, and that we need designers from all walks of life to make the industry a rich and relevant sector.

Titi Ogufere
Ex-Officio Executive Committee Member NIGERIA

Founder and Director Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN)
Founder and Director Interior Design Excellence Award (IDEA)
Founder and Editor of Essensial Interiors Magazine

With a deep interest in, knowledge of, and passion for Interiors, Titi Ogufere is a true leader of the profession in Nigeria. She established successfully a number of businesses including the Essential Interiors Consultancy, Aesthetics Design Studios and Essential Interiors Magazine. In 2009, she co-founded the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN), an organization charged with promoting and providing excellence to the interior design profession throughout Nigeria. With IDAN well established, she founded the Interior Design Excellence Award (IDEA), of which she is currently the Director. As the first national award to promote Nigerian design professionals, IDEA develops, builds, and strengthens the larger network of the Interiors community in Africa.

Lilia C. de Jesus
IFI Executive Board Member THE PHILIPPINES

Associate Professor, College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Santo Tomas
Interior Designer/Consultant, APJ Architects

Lilia C. de Jesus is a partner consultant of APJ Architects. Teaching under the program Bachelor of Science in Interior Design at the University of Santo Tomas, keeps her constantly on check regarding design pedagogical innovations that aim to further develop the student designers’ creativity and competitiveness. This interest subsequently made her pursue the post graduate studies in Master of Art Education and a Doctoral Program in Educational Psychology.

Because of the balanced mix of practice and teaching, her exposure to both the industry and academe placed her as the Vice-President for External Affair of the Philippine Institute of Interior designers (PIID), the local integrated professional organization. It was from this same organization that declared her the recipient of the Presidential Citation for her significant contribution on the passage of the Republic Act 10350 regulating the Philippine practice of Interior Design. She also serves as the academic link and convenor on Interior Design Program Policies, Standards and Guidelines under the Philippine Commission on Higher Education in assuring quality Interior Design curriculum.

In 2013 she was conferred fellow by PIIDs College of Fellows because of her valuable contribution in promoting Interior Design profession and education, and for her continuing advocacy program securing Interior Design relevance in developing poor communities.

Albert S. Fakhoury
IFI Executive Board Member LEBANON/UAE

Associate Professor, American University in Dubai
Managing Partner, MEGAGROUP W.W.

Albert S. Fakhoury is an Associate Professor at the American University in Dubai (AUD). Prior to his move to Dubai, Albert was teaching Architecture & Interior Design courses at some leading universities in Lebanon where he taught all sequences of Architectural Design, Studio and Theory courses. In addition to his teaching responsibilities Albert contributed on the Architecture & Interior Design Programs Development within the main previous Universities. He was honored by the Asian Educational Leadership Awards 2014 as Best Professor in Interior Design.

As a leading Architect & recognized Designer, Albert S. Fakhoury was in charge of many key and landmark projects in the Middle East and Europe ranging from Hospitality to Commercial and Residential but also Urban and Landscape Design. In recognition for high management skills, he was appointed as a Design Director at two world renowned design firms based in the UAE where he achieved some award winning projects in Consultancy & turn-key solutions.

Beside that Fakhoury is a recognized Stage Designer a field that comprise his passion and that he developed further through his studies. His national and international set-designs for podiums, pageants, events, plays and exhibitions are reflecting harmony, unique solid concepts and inspiring vision.

Trevor Kruse
IFI Executive Board Member CANADA

Founder and Principal, Hudson Kruse Design
Interior Designers of Canada (IDC)
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO)

Trevor Kruse is the founder of Hudson Kruse Design, a Toronto based Interior Design Firm. With over 20 years experience the firm’s principal, Trevor Kruse, has been creating welcoming residences and livable communities across North America. Hudson Kruse takes great pride in the firm’s commitment to the planning and design of interiors. The firm’s creative and practical approach is the foundation for many successful projects.

For 25 years he has strived to increase the profile of qualified interior designers across North America. Serving on the boards of ARIDO and IDC for the last 20 years, he recently led the restructuring of all Interior Design associations across Canada, served as NCIDQ Delegate for 8 years, has headed IIDEX NeoCon Canada for over 20 years and contributed to the Body of Knowledge for the Profession commissioned by ARIDO. Trevor was the first Canadian to receive IIDA’s Leadership Award. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and serves on the advisory council for Ryerson University.

Roberto Lucena
IFI Executive Board Member PUERTO RICO

President and Founder, Roberto Lucena Interiors
Color and design consultant for ENCO Manufacturing
Past-President of the Association of Designers-Decorators in Puerto Rico (CODDI)

Roberto Lucena is Past-President of the Association of Designers-Decorators in Puerto Rico (CODDI). He is a current board member for the Council of Interdisciplinario de Professional Associations, and has participated in the Liaison Committee of the College of Architects and Landscape Architects. Graduating Cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Mr. Lucena also holds an honorary affiliation with the Dominican Republic Professional Design Association.

Mr. Lucena works with the government in Puerto Rico, has done commercial work with companies like Coca Cola, the Retail Group RECOMS, Jose Gardens Restaurant and the Psychiatric Hospital for Children in Bayamon, PR. He has a reoccurring spot on a television program as a host of a segment focusing on interior design and in 2015 produced a chart for ENCO Manufacturing and Sears Department Store and Organize the first Tropical design symposium. Mr. Lucena has also received the Benjamin Moore Award and has done many lectures on interior design in Puerto Rico and for Benjamin Moore.

Lucy Topete
IFI Executive Board Member MEXICO

Professor of Sculpture, De Paw University, Guadalajara, Mexico
Lecturer, Karen Collignon Design Institute, Mexico
National Vice President, Sociedad Mexicana de Interioristas, SMI

Lucy Topete is a well known professional sculptress for the last 20 years. She designs and makes artwork and monuments for public and private clients in Mexico and other countries. Her work has been shown in more than 40 expositions and has received several awards for her artistic ability and philanthropic activities, including the keys to two cities.

With ample experience in the radio for interviewing artists, she is a lifetime member of the “State of Jalisco Journalist Club” and she is also a member of the Public Domain Art and Political Radio Show. In 2010 she was invited to be a member of Sociedad Mexicana de Interiorismo y Arquitectura AC. (SMI). In 2012 she was named Vice President of national communication and recently re-elected for the 2014-2018 term. Also in 2014 she was chosen by the board as the new Vice President of SMI for the 2014-2018 Board Term.

She is Professor of Sculpture, De Paw University, Guadalajara (Mexico) and since 2012 she has taught “Art in Interior Design” at the Karen Collignon Design Institute.

Nadine Bitar
IFI Co-Opted Board Member LEBANON/UAE

Chairwoman of Advisory Board for Interior Design, American University in Dubai
Founder & CEO of Placemaking
Assoc. AIA, Licensed Architect by Lebanese Order of Engineers and Architects

Nadine Bitar is a thought leader on sustainable design and Innovation for the Future of the built environment, CEO of Placemaking.me offering advisory and design services and Place sourcing – a social initiative focused on smart technologies for Design.

Nadine worked in the public sector as an advisor to municipalities and local authorities in United Arab Emirates and the private sector as director in multinational and semi-government organizations. She has so far lead and participated in the design development of 35 large scale flagship projects including Mixed Use Developments, Residential Communities, Broadcast and Media Facilities, Leisure and Entertainment Clusters, Golf and Residential Communities, Branded Hospitality Destinations in the Middle East and Africa.

Nadine is named jury member in regional and international design competitions, keynote speaker in regional and global design forums and summits. She is active in Dubai community lecturing in Architecture and Interior Design at the American university in Dubai where she is also the chairwoman of the advisory board of the CIDA accredited Interior design program at the American University in Dubai. She is also an executive council member of Ellevate international.

She is a licensed architect. has completed an innovation and management program at Insead business school, Smart Cities executive program with Harvard Graduate school of Design program and obtained her Masters in Architecture -Urban Design from the American University of Beirut.