Stuff International Design appoints Mark Downie as its Middle East and Africa market partner

13 March 2013

Mark Downie has been appointed a partner by Stuff International Design Ltd, to set up and run its Middle East and Africa Office in Dubai. The new venture is based on the growing financial strength of these regions, with many businesses creating local brands that are now fit for international expansion.

Just Falafel, a business created in Dubai, is one of the brands Stuff International Design is assisting in its expansion in the UK.  Its fast food offer is based on traditional regional non-meat street food.

Mark’s expertise in is New Product Development, Marketing Promotion and Management Consultancy.  His experience includes working with Unilever, Beecham Products International based in the Chairman’s Strategic Development Group overseeing several product categories globally, and for various clients in FMCG and consumer durables in Europe, the Middle East, USA and Russia.  He is also a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold many companies, was born in Scotland and is a graduate of Edinburgh University in Psychology and International Business.

Stuff International Design’s founder, Neil Whitehead, said:
“Dubai, the Middle East and Africa are very exciting markets for us.  We are seeing the development of products and brands that are now well placed, with our assistance, to be expanded and introduced to new markets globally.  So we are very pleased to have Mark Downie on board, who has lived and worked in Dubai for many years, and we are already assessing many opportunities for future projects.”