ADVISORY BOARD

UK
Rosie Bardales
Chief Creative Officer and Partner BETC
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Rosie Bardales

Rosie has worked for some of the best ad agencies in the world. Before joining BETC London she was Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, where she led the integrated launch for Levi’s Global as well as the Powerade campaigns for the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Rosie has also worked for BBH London, Mother London, Madre Argentina and Cliff Freeman and Partners in New York, working with brands such as Coca Cola, Dr Pepper, Bacardi, Sauza Tequila, Unilever, Nike Women, Burberry, Swatch, Gant, Van Cleef & Arpels, and SABMiller Global.

India
Swati Bhattacharya
Chief Creative Officer FCB Ulka
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Swati Bhattacharya

Swati's work focuses on gender, feminism, religion and urban life spanning many forms including advertising, documentary, short films & blogs. Her films have won national and international acclamations and she has also been honoured with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award. Her latest film, Saints Of Sins, is currently creating waves in private screenings as it gets ready for the global film circuits. A series of untold stories of 8 urban women, each identifying with one single sin, the film pushes the boundaries of Swati's oeuvre. Swati’s most recent campaign for the Times of India- #NoConditionsApply- Sindoor Khela aced this awards season, with prestigious wins at Cannes, D&AD, CLIO, One Show, New York Festivals and Kyoorius, to name a few.

 

 

South Africa
Mick Blore
CEO Wolves
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Mick Blore

Mick Blore is the CEO of Wolves, an independent Marketing, Advertising and Strategic agency in South Africa.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and has creatively led many of the world’s best agencies and network across Africa; including McCann Worldgroup, Y&R, Saatchi & Saatchi, The Jupiter Drawing Room JHB and more.

Mick is one of South Africa's most awarded creative's with multiple accolades from around the world.  His work has been featured in university texbooks in the USA, he regularly lectures at South Africa's leading advertising schools and universities, and he sits on various industry forums. The work Mick did on Nugget Shoe Polish became the most awarded campaign in the history of South African Advertising in any medium in its time.

Mick has also represented Africa as a member of the Executive Juries of the prestigious Clios and New York Festival Awards, and has also judged the London International Advertising Awards, the APEX Effectiveness Awards, as well as the South African Loeries Awards, amongst others.  

He is the only South African to be invited to sit on The Global Advisory Boards of the New York Festivals and AME Awards.

Mick has been featured by The One Show, the Who’s Who of Lürzers Archive, and is a member of the Who's Who of Southern Africa initiative.

USA
Mike Byrne
Founding Partner/Global Chief Creative Officer Anomaly
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Mike Byrne

Mike spent his early career at Wieden and Kennedy starting in their NYC office and heading to Portland to co-creative direct Wieden’s cornerstone Nike account.

Mike moved back to NYC in 2006 as Founding Partner and Global Creative Officer of Anomaly. Anomaly has seven offices worldwide and continues to grow and prosper in an ever more cynical marketing landscape.

Mike has been recognized throughout his career for creative excellence. But naming them here makes him feel like a real wank. With that said, he’s very proud of his three Emmy’s.

Mike has recently committed himself to the craft of writing again. Going back to school has been a very humbling experience. The relationship with pain is very rewarding.

USA
Matt Eastwood
Global Chief Creative Officer McCann Health
ABOUT

Matt Eastwood

Matt joined McCann Health as Global Chief Creative Officer in January of 2019.

Formerly Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of J. Walter Thompson, Matt was described by Britain’s Campaign magazine as a “unicorn” in the communications industry. He has overseen some of the most innovative and recognizable creative projects in advertising today. His career has spanned numerous agencies, specialties and countries, including Australia, the UK and US. Matt was a founding partner of M&C Saatchi in Australia before he went on to join DDB Australia as National Creative Director and Vice Chairman.

In 2010 he moved to DDB New York as Chief Creative Officer. And in AdAge's 2013 Award's Report, Matt was listed as the 5th most awarded Chief Creative Officer worldwide. In 2016, Matt led J. Walter Thompson to an historic year at Cannes, winning a total of 80 Lions. More than the agency had ever won in their 150-year history.

Matt has won numerous accolades and honors including Campaign Brief Agency of the Year, Clio Health Network of the Year, Australian Creative Hotshop, Adnews Agency of the Year, Creativity’s Agency to Watch, B&T Agency of the Year, Spikes Network of the Year, and Campaign magazine Network of the Year. He is a highly awarded creative with an international sensibility, living life as a New Yorker.
 

USA
Robin Fitzgerald
Chief Creative Officer BBDO Atlanta
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Robin Fitzgerald

Robin Fitzgerald is Chief Creative Officer at BBDO Atlanta where she oversees the work of each client. Before making the move to Atlanta, Robin spent 15 years in Los Angeles at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and TBWA\Chiat\Day. At CP+B, she led high-profile work for brands such as Netflix, Old Navy, Grey Poupon, and PayPal, where she developed the brand’s first-ever Super Bowl ad and took home its first Cannes Lion. At Chiat, Robin worked on brands such as Gatorade, Energizer, and Nissan. She started her advertising career in Nebraska as a copywriter at Bozell after graduating from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 

Robin has participated on juries for D&AD, One Show, Clios, Art Director’s Club, and New York Festivals, and her work has been recognized with many industry awards. But, perhaps, even more exciting, her work has been consistently picked up by the non-advertising world, being parodied on Saturday Night Live; featured on the NBC Nightly News, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and Us Weekly; and nominated for an Emmy. She has been named one of Business Insider’s “Most Creative People in Social Media Marketing” and “Most Creative Women in Advertising.”

She lives in Atlanta with her husband, her two kids, and her cat, Mush.

USA
Fede Garcia
Global Executive Creative Director Huge
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Fede Garcia

Federico “Fede” Garcia is an accomplished writer and creative lead with a reputation for delivering work that is by turns provoking, delightful, moving, and inspiring. He currently serves as Global Executive Creative Director at Huge, one of the most innovative digital agencies in the US. In addition to being an expert creative, he has distinguished himself as a careful, strategic thinker with a sophisticated understanding of visual storytelling and contemporary culture. His career in advertising spans more than 20 years and over three different continents, as he moved from Buenos Aires to Tokyo and eventually NY. Throughout this journey, he has collected some of the most prestigious advertising awards, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Clio, LIA and Effie, and his work has been featured in some of the most influential advertising publications, including reaching the cover of the prestigious Lüerzer's Archive Magazine.

Singapore
Ted Lim
Chief Creative Officer Dentsu Brand Agencies APAC
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Ted Lim

An English Literature graduate, Ted spent two decades at Naga DDB Malaysia where he helped win and grow over 50 accounts including DiGi Telecommunications (Telenor), BMW, Johnson & Johnson, Carlsberg, Prudential Assurance, Uniqlo, Nikon, Panasonic, Perodua Automobiles, Astro (Measat), Nippon Paint, Tourism Malaysia, Brand’s (Cerebos), Mamee Noodles, Malaysia Airlines and Hong Leong Bank.

The agency was Malaysia’s most successful and consistently awarded, winning 3 Agency of the Year titles, Malaysia's first D&AD Yellow Pencil, numerous Cannes Lions, Clio Awards, One Show Pencils, AWARD Awards, AdFest Lotus, Spikes Asia and the country's only Asia-Pacific Effie.

He took the job of Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett Singapore in 2012 where he helped the agency win the regional IKEA business and worked on Samsung, McDonald’s, UOB, Great Eastern Life Assurance and Earth Hour. 

Now regional Chief Creative Officer at Dentsu Asia-Pacific, Ted works with 26 offices across 15 countries.  Creative luminaries like Andy Greenaway, Merlee Jayme, Agnello Dias and Santosh Padhi joined him and helped Dentsu win a slew of new business across the region including Unilever, Nestle, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Qantas, Toyota and Yamaha. 

A creative strategist, Ted believes “we are in the business formerly known as advertising” and marketing in the digital economy requires a creative strategy that is more relevant and personalized to make the human connection necessary for business transaction.

He repositioned Dentsu Asia-Pacific as an “Innovative Business Solutions” provider beyond advertising that produces non-traditional work in the mobile, digital and social space. Work that is different and makes a difference, work that moves people to move business, from engagement to transaction.

His first integrated digital/social campaign for Toyota Asia-Pacific ‘Wakudoki’ garnered over 10 million views on Facebook and YouTube to rejuvenate an aging brand. TIME magazine weighed in,“This Toyota Ad Is Utterly Insane – and Wonderful” and deemed it, “The most delightful two minutes of your day.”

The work produced by his team – Adidas ‘Odds’ in India, Glenlivet “Single Belief” in Taiwan, Kobayashi ‘Air Pollution Discount’ in China, BabyLove “Premmie Proud” and Chadstone ‘Tailor Made Store’ in Australia, Singapore Airlines ‘No Detail Too Small’ and Canon ‘Instazoom’ in Singapore – won accolades at the Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Clio Awards, AdFest and Spikes Asia.

Dentsu was named Campaign South-east Asia Creative Agency Of The Year 2016, crowned AdFest Network Of The Year 2017 and Campaign Brief Asia’s Most Awarded/Creative Network 2017.

In 2017, Ted pushed the envelope to further differentiate Dentsu Asia-Pacific from traditional advertising networks. He took the concept of a strategic support unit from Dentsu Tokyo, remodeled it into a specialized business solutions network by mothers for mothers and launched MamaLab Asia-Pacific. BBC took notice of the potential of marketing to the “mom economy” and covered the launch on World News.

Ted spends an inordinate amount of time on people and product development. The staff development programs for 2017 include digital immersion with Google, Facebook, Amazon and Snapchat in Palo Alto, an Innovators Conference in Bangkok, a Young Innovators Workshop in Tokyo and Best Of Month creative reviews online. His emails to his team typically end with two words,“Keep pushing”. 

On top of the work he is paid to do, Ted served as Jury President at the Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia and the Asia-Pacific Advertising Festival (AdFest). He judged D&AD, Clio Awards and the APAC Effies, spoke at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, the P&G Asia Brand Managers College in Singapore and gave postgraduate Integrated Marketing Communications students from the Northwestern University of Chicago a presentation on Innovative Business Solutions.

USA
John Mescall
Global Executive Creative Director McCann Worldgroup
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John Mescall

John is Global Creative Council President and Global Executive Creative Director at McCann Worldgroup. 

In this role, John has helped McCann Worldgroup rise to #2 global network in the Gunn Report, in addition to numerous Network of the Year recognitions.

 Prior to this, he was Chief Creative Officer of McCann Australia. Under John’s leadership, McCann Melbourne became the world’s most awarded agency.

 Honors include The Gunn Report Agency of the Year, D&AD Agency of the Year, Cannes Agency of the Year (Runner Up), AWARD Agency of the Year, Spikes Asia Agency of the Year and Campaign Brief Agency of the Year. 

As both a writer and a creative director, John has won over 60 Cannes lions including 6 Cannes Grand Prix, Black and Yellow Pencils at D&AD, One Show Best of Show, and multiple Clio, Spikes, LIA and Webby awards.

 John was named in the 2013 Creativity 50: AdWeek’s annual listing of the world’s 50 most influential creative thinkers and doers, and Business Insider ranked him the 8th most creative person in advertising worldwide.

USA
Ronald Ng
Global Chief Creative Officer Isobar
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Ronald Ng

Ronald leads the global creative charge across Isobar’s 85 offices in 45 markets. The Isobar creative force is core to this 6,500 strong network that’s at the forefront of experience-led transformation, creative commerce and innovation. Based in New York, Ronald also partners with US creative leaders to drive the creative output across the 5 US offices. 

Prior to joining Isobar, Ronald was Global Chief Creative Officer of Digitas. During his tenure of almost four years, Digitas transformed its creative offering winning the 2017 Cannes Creative Data Grand Prix and WARC Marketing Effectiveness Grand Prix. In the 2017 Cannes Lions Global Creativity Report, Digitas was ranked No. 1 ‘Innovation Agency of the Year’ and No. 1 in ‘Creative Data’. And in the 2018 WARC 100 Report, Digitas was ranked No. 1 Digital Agency in the World.  

Before Digitas, Ronald was CCO and EVP/ECD of BBDO/Proximity in Malaysia, New York and Singapore. Under his leadership, the Malaysia and Singapore offices rose to No. 13 (2008), No. 8 (2009) and No. 11 (2014) most awarded globally, according to the Gunn and Won Reports. In the same reports, Ronald was ranked No.4 (2009) and No.6 (2014) most awarded Chief Creative Officer in the world.

All things considered, his proudest achievements are his two boys, Jonah and Noah.

Brazil
Erh Ray
Founder and CEO BETC/Havas
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Erh Ray

Erh has started his career as an art director in Brazil and was hired in 1994 by DM9DDB, where he created highly awarded campaigns. His work attracted the attention of DDB’s head office in New York, where he subsequently worked and developed campaigns for brands such as Bentley, McDonald´s, Compaq and Philips. 

In 2000, Erh returned to Brazil as Chief Creative Officer of DM9DDB. In late 2002, he founded his own agency: BorghiErh - the fastest growing agency in Brazil for four consecutive years. In December of 2006,BorghiErh merged with global network Lowe + Partners and Erh became co-Chief Executive Officer of the agency. 

In 2012, Erh left BorghiErh with the ambition of building an innovative project. Finally, in 2014, he founded the Brazilian unit of BETC.

In just 3 years, BETC merged with Havas Worldwide, becoming BETC/Havas - an agency with clients such as Accor Hotels, Citroën, Fox Films, Hershey's, Peugeot and Reckitt Benckiser. 

In 2016, Erh was elected by ABP (Brazilian Advertising Association) the best Agency Executive of Brazil. Erh was also ranked among the 10 most admired advertisers in the country, according to Scopen consultancy, and elected by GQ one of the 25 most elegant man in Brazil. 

During his 28-years career in advertising, Erh’s work has been awarded at all the key Brazilian and international festivals – including Cannes Lion, Clio's, FIAP, One Show, New York Festival awards and had more than 40 campaigns published on ‘Archive’ magazine. This year, has been jury member at the Cannes Festival for the third time at the Film category. He has also been jury on most of the awards shows worldwide. 

Thailand
Ruchi Sharma
Chief Creative & Culture Officer Brands For Humans Asia
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Ruchi Sharma

Ruchi Sharma is the CCO, Chief Creative & Culture officer, of Brands For Humans, which is a digital, integrated independent shop in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s a unique role that has a dual focus on Creativity and Culture.

Ruchi’s career spans more than two decades, working in New York, the Americas, Bangkok, South East Asia, Mumbai and Sri Lanka.

She has won several international, regional and local awards in creativity and effectiveness, proving that her work resonates equally on both scales.

Ruchi has served on many international juries. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, mentoring and encouraging the young talent of the industry, especially the women, to tap into their tremendous potential.

She is a staunch supporter of inclusion, diversity and equality. She co-created the first digital global campaign on Human Rights for the UNHRC and volunteers as a Personal Growth Officer with Women Empowered Global.

When she isn’t juggling her many hats, Ruchi is playing devoted mom to her five-year-old son. This is the job she enjoys the most. 

 

 

Germany
Doerte Spengler-Ahrens
Chief Creative Officer Jung von Matt/SAGA
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Doerte Spengler-Ahrens

Dörte Spengler-Ahrens, CCO at Jung von Matt/SAGA. Dörte studied Visual Communications and started her career as an Art Director, then switched to copywriting. After working in several agencies, she went to work at Jung von Matt where she became a Creative Director after only three years.

In 2000, she founded her own company MARIA. In 2001, Dörte came back as CCO and established the agency Jung von Matt/Spree in Berlin with two partners. Afterwards, she founded the first international branch of Jung von Matt: Jung von Matt/9. Later she founded Jung von Matt/Fleet with clients like Zalando, Sixt, Mercedes-Benz and DER SPIEGEL.

As of November 2013, she took on the direction of Jung von Matt/Elbe with partners and with additional clients like NIVEA, OBI DIY, Techniker Krankenkasse, EIS.de, Jim Beam and more. By the end of 2016, the agency was rebranded and is now Jung von Matt/SAGA. 

Dörte is one of the most awarded German creatives, presidium member of the Art Director’s Club (ADC), board member of the ADC Festival and Congress Hamburg, as well as a judge for the most important international award juries within the communication sector. 

She loves her work, her husband, and her son Bela. She also loves to travel and to meet people – if possible, everything at the same time.

USA
Jeff Stamp
Deputy Chief Creative Officer Grey Group
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Jeff Stamp

USA
Taras Wayner
Chief Creative Officer Wunderman Thompson
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Taras Wayner

Previously as Chief Creative Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi’s New York office, Taras was responsible for the overall creative vision of the agency. In his role, he guided creative teams, working in close collaboration across all disciplines including technology, media and strategy. Prior to joining Saatchi, Taras was Chief Creative Officer of R/GA’s U.S. offices. There he directed multi-disciplinary creative teams towards the creation of breakthrough products, services, and communications for brands like Nike, Samsung, Verizon, and Beats By Dre. Taras has a deep passion for storytelling. During his time at RGA, he has been instrumental in developing and shaping new ways to tell brand stories beyond the 30 second spot, as well as how a brand’s services can impact the way their story is told. In 2015, his commitment to creating the best work in the industry helped him be named one of the most creative people in advertising by Business Insider, as well contributing to R/GA being awarded Agency of the Year at Cannes. In 2017 the 4A’s honored Taras by naming him one of the 100 people who make advertising great. Prior to RGA, Taras created memorable work for brands including Fox, Coca Cola, Samsung and the NFL. His work for the NFL—featuring actor Don Cheadle—created a major shift in how the NFL markets itself and generated record ratings, leading to the work being named one of the top 20 Super Bowl commercials of all time by Ad Age.  His work for Fox Sports was honored with a Grand Prix at Cannes for film and included in the Clio Hall of Fame. Taras has been served as judge for the Clio awards, London International awards, Art Director Club as well as the Cannes Young Lions. He sits on the creative council of the Ad Council as well as Clear Channel and iHeartMedia, and enjoys returning to his alma mater Syracuse University to help shape a next generation of modern storytellers.

Germany
Gerrit Zinke
Managing Director Creation/Partner thjnk Hamburg Gmbh
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Gerrit Zinke

Gerrit Zinke is Managing Director Creation of the Hamburg office of the thjnk agency group working for clients like Audi, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bahn and REWE.

After graduating from the University of Applied Science in Hamburg in 2001, Gerrit Zinke started working for the agency Springer & Jacoby where he was primarily responsible for the clients Mercedes-Benz and smart. In 2006, he came to thjnk (then still called kempertrautmann). For meanwhile more than 10 years, he has been the creative lead for the client Audi. During this time, thjnk and Audi have received numerous accolades for their work, most recently for the case Mission to the Moon which has received several national and international awards – among them Gold and Silver at the ADC Germany and a Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2016 (category: promo & activation).

Gerrit is a member of the ADC Germany and the British D&AD. He has sat on several juries for creative competitions, among them the ADC Germany, Eurobest, New York Festivals, LIA Awards and Cannes Lions International Festival. Furthermore, he has been decorated with more than 400 national and international awards.

Gerrit is married and has two children. He finds relaxation from hectic everyday life and his two wild boys in the form of his hobby: fishing. Even if he is not successful – which ist the case most of the time.