20140508-_MG_2927 meMartin Meijer

Martin Meijer is an award-winning interior designer and for 25 years has worked with blue-chip companies, entrepreneurs, professional consultancies and individuals in Ireland, UK, Dubai and China.  Well versed at leading an international team of design experts across all disciplines.

He started his career as a trainee Architect with Whitbread PLC a global Hospitality Company, listed on the FTSE100 who sponsored him to study Construction at Luton University. With direct exposure to operators, he quickly understood that great innovative design needed to be delivered within brief, budget and most importantly time. This provided a solid grounding in the industry, gaining experience with global brands such as Café Rouge, Premier Inn and TGI Fridays.

In 1996, he worked with an entrepreneur and local investors to design and build Durty Nellies, the first Irish Pub in Beijing, China. One of the highlights of this adventure was sourcing old wood and recycled material from local villages and seeing workmen demolish stud walls with spades and kung-fu.

The experience encouraged him to establish and run The Forester, an award-winning bar, restaurant and hotel in Hampshire, the UK which was featured on television, radio and print. This first-hand operational experience enables him to have a real understanding of successful F&B outlets.

In 2006 his passion for design drove him to return to the profession and a period of working as the Director for a boutique consultancy on high-end residential properties owned by A list celebrities such as the actor, Colin Farrell and Bono in Ireland and VIP Nightclubs in Mayfair, London.

Having built a strong relationship with the Nightclub contractor, they partnered to establish a design and build business in Dubai in 2009. Despite the recession, they were successful in developing residential projects on the Palm Jumeira and hospitality projects for Jebel Ali Resorts. Having streamlined the business to focus on design, Martin Meijer is at the forefront of Mojo, a successful interior design consultancy.

Laura Parkes

Laura is a strategic marketer with over 20 years of experience in brand building, revenue growth, and consumer engagement. Delivering high-impact marketing solutions for B2B and B2C audiences, both global brands, and start-ups.

She has a rich background working across multiple industries including F&B, retail, hospitality, media, tech, and education.  Passionate about developing innovative customer 1st experiences, mixing customer insight with creativity and data to drive growth across all touchpoints.

Experienced leader accustomed to working in fast-paced environments balancing long term strategy with short term tactics to deliver against KPIs. Skilled at delivering strategic vision with a focus on implementation. 

Laura has launched several new brands in the F&B, education, entertainment, and tech space. Working with UK brand SwipeStation, the marketing component helped secure investment from private investors. As Head of Marketing at Yahoo! Middle East, she led the rebrand following the acquisition of local start-up Maktoob. More recently, she launched the brand Ora Nursery of the Future, a collaboration between Al Tamimi Investments and the Prime Minister’s Office here in the UAE.

Oliver O’Brien

Oliver is a highly experienced and successful Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager, with an extensive background in pre and post contract commercial management across a multitude of sectors including commercial and retail.  

He graduated with honours in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying from Loughborough University, which is widely regarded across the industry as the leading degree for Quantity Surveying. He was sponsored throughout University by Costain PLC, a FTSE 250 listed company who is a leading global contractor in Engineering and Building.  

After graduating Oliver worked on a number of complex construction projects for Costain, in particular delivering a new 300,000 sqft shopping centre and retail development. The highlight was working closely with the retail end users to deliver the project to their exact requirements and within budget.  

After this project, he was the commercial manager for the refurbishment and modernization of the grade 2 listed Farringdon station building for the client Network Rail. The highlight was working collaboratively with the client to deliver the project under budget, in time and to the highest quality, receiving praise from English Heritage.  

Oliver has a thorough understanding of stakeholder engagement, multidisciplinary team dynamics, procurement, tender preparation, documentation and evaluation, combined with the ability to conduct successful contract negotiations and compile final accounts. He has a comprehensive understanding of contract requirements, preparing bills of quantities and carrying out cost planning and estimating.  

Oliver is a key part of the success of all Mojo’s developments, inputting value engineering and rigorous cost planning to allow design flexibility while exceeding the clients’ expectations in terms of delivery and cost. Oliver works closely with the design team to ensure that not only the initial build cost is minimized, but also the life cycle costs are inputted into the design, to minimize the ongoing costs to the client. 

Constancio Pongase

Constancio Pongase is a Filipino architect with 16 years of experience in architecture and interior design. His career highlight so far is supervising the interior finishes on residential and commercial property for Mr Manny Pacquiao a world champion sportsman. One of his other notable projects was a residential project in Davao City, Philippines, a key feature of which was a vertical garden. During this project, he was in charge of the master planning, supervision and interior architecture.

He completed his degree in Architecture at the University of Mindanao in March 2006 and in 2008, became a member of the United Architects of the Philippines after passing the board exam. Prior to his being a licensed architect, he worked as a draftsman in design companies. This experience enabled him to become highly proficient and fast in design software such as Autocad.

In April 2011, he established his own architectural practice working on a diverse range of projects ranging from retail, hospitality and commercial. His practice provided a full service from works architectural planning and design visualization, budget costing, documentation for building interior finishes and up to site supervision. Wanting to explore more of his profession in an international setting, he decided to move to Dubai, UAE and joined Mojo immediately having been inspired by their award-winning designs. Aside from his profession, he is also an adventurous person.

He exercises this passion through mountain biking during his free time although not in the summer months. His long term ambition is to gain more knowledge in the field of Architecture.