Take Your Exclusive Seat on the Muse Creative Awards Panel

Muse Creative Awards has made a special effort to find them, our panelists. We searched the U.S. East and West coasts, international agencies, and chose from among freelancers, educators and creative directors, copywriters, photographers, and illustrators. They are volunteering their time and knowledge to judge the 2017 Muse Creative Awards. You know that serving on an awards jury is a labor of love, and we are truly appreciative of all of them, who are giving so generously of their time and talent.

United Kingdom

Samantha Fay

SVP Global Brand Strategy, Guinness World Records

Sam is responsible for Guinness World Records' global brand strategy, new product development, strategic partnerships and also heads up the innovation division, The Records Lab. She develops creative campaigns with top agencies and brands all over the world to take the world's best-known brands to new, record-breaking heights! Her favourite moments over the years have included presenting Michael Jackson with his certificates, meeting the Queen and sharing the lawn at the White House with Michelle Obama. Sam is an experienced keynote speaker and in the last 12 months has delivered sessions at various prestigious industry events including Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, Festival of Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer Europe Summit, Chief Strategy Officer Summit New York, and the China International Advertising Festival. She is also a regular on judging panels and sits on the jury for the European Sponsorship Awards, UK Public Service Sector Awards, PR Moment Awards, Creativepool Awards and the Brand Film Festival.

United States

Jon Meakin

Global Business Development Director, Grayling

Jon has 25 years of public relations experience, encompassing consumer, corporate, business-to-business and crisis and issues management. In his current role, Jon is responsible for co-ordinating Grayling's response to multi-market briefs, working with colleagues from all disciplines throughout the agency' s international network to develop strategies, and ensuring the right resources are brought together. He previously established and ran Grayling' s EMEA-wide account for PayPal. Before joining Grayling, Jon's career saw him develop and run successful UK and international campaigns for clients including Associated British Foods plc, Baxters Food Group, The Gleneagles Hotel, Hasbro, ICI, Marriott International, McCain Foods, News International, PepsiCo, Red Bull, Scottish & Newcastle (now Heineken), Shell, Unilever and Weetabix. Jon is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK and has previously judged several PR industry awards, including the CIPR Excellence Awards, PRCA Awards, the PRWeek Awards and the Romanian PR Awards. Jon is currently resident in San Francisco.

Germany

Claudia Goergen

Managing Director, FILMUNIQUE Medienproduktion GmbH

Claudia Goergen is the managing director of FILMUNIQUE Medienproduktion GmbH and has already worked in and for many different media in her professional career. She has many years of relevant professional experience in the field of public relations, web and film and worked as a person in charge within companies as well as a creative for companies. Claudia is able to perceive the strength of a campaign, but also the deficiencies when it comes to viability or reaching the intended target groups.

Japan

Masanori Eto

Creative Director, ADBRAIN Inc.

At the beginning, he had worked on advertising. After, he had developed the Package Design business by oneself. And, he has worked on the package design for over a quarter century. Now, he is the Creative Director of Package Division at ADBRAIN, and working for many Japanese brands and Global brands to Japan. Masanori is Board member of Japan Package Design Association (JPDA). He is the Director of Public relation, and Regional development by design, and international exchange about Package design, and he has been teaching about package design and branding for some Art schools and College in Japan (Tokyo, Sendai, and Tottori) and China (Beijing and Shanghai). His next challenge is the management of the Asia Student Package design Competition 2016 (ASPaC). In addition, he participates as a jury for some international design awards, A' Design Awards and Competition (2014.2015.2016), The Vertex Awards for retail brands (2015.2016), The Dieline Awards (2015.2016), and Kiev International Advertising Festival (2015).

China

Birger Linke

Group Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather

As the Group Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather (Beijing), Birger Linke has a global perspective, having worked across countries and continents in companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi (Singapore), TBWA\Vietnam, Leo Burnett (Shanghai), to name a few. He is an experienced judge, having judged many international awards shows. His works are featured in numerous publications around the world, as well as on national television in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc.

Qatar

Nikolina Popovic

Creative Drector, Grey

Nikolina currently leads the creative team at Grey Doha as Creative Director. Joining the team just over two years ago, she single-handedly overhauled the creative output of the agency through her keen insight, vast experience, and leadership skills. Nikolina has been exposed to diverse cultures throughout her career; beginning with an internship in China, followed by a stint as Art Director at Ogilvy-Cactus Communications in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her career then found her moving from the Horn of Africa to Bratislava in eastern Europe with Muw Saatchi & Saatchi. With the travel bug hitting her again, she moved to Doha, Qatar as Senior Art Director with Leo Burnett before settling to her current role in Grey Doha. She has worked on a big accounts, such as: Pilsner Urquell, Qatar Telecom, Qatar Airways, Ministry of Health Qatar, etc. Nikolina holds a graphic design degree from the University Of Belgrade Academy Of Applied Arts, Serbia, and focused on advertising, editorial graphic design, and art direction in the Accademia Cappiello in Florence and Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, with a specialty in calligraphy. Nikolina has been regularly recognized for her work, with accolades from several awards shows including 'SAPPI-IDEAS THAT MATTER' in South Africa, the MENA Crystal, Dubai Lynx and Lisbon International Advertising Festival.

Greece

Maria Afroditi Patsi

Creative Director, Patsi® Art & Design

Maria Afroditi Patsi is an award-winning creative and the Founder, Creative Director of Patsi® Art & Design based in Athens - Greece. Maria's artwork has been published and exhibited globally in prestigious design museums and art galleries. "To hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly and to decide impartially" is what describes Maria fittingly as a judge.

Brazil

Fabiano Sanroma

CEO, Menttoo

Fabiano believes that the experience he has had during 9 years as an art director in two different markets, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, helped him develop an advertising vision for both retail and corporate marketing, as well as for governmental advertising, which adds to the experience of the team of judges. He is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he could work for some worldwide known customers such as Globo Television, Petrobras and the EBX Group. At this time, he was the winner of national and international awards for campaigns developed for these clients. In Brasilia, he opened his own business, which provided marketing services for the Ministry of Sports. He also worked as the Director of Creation of the Digital Group, in which he was able to develop pieces for government entities such as Caixa Economica Federal (a federal bank) and the Ministry of Health. In this last account, he developed a campaign called #PartiuTeste, which was released on Tinder to warn its users of the necessity to use condoms. The campaign was publicized both in the New York Times and Reuters and, due to its huge success, he was awarded the national Columnists Award prize. In 2009, Fabiano won gold in Columnists Award Rio & Columnists Award Brazil, bronze in Brazilian Advertising Festival Rio. In 2010, he was the gold award winner for AMPRO Globes Award. In 2015, he won Columnists Award Brasilia and silver in Pororoca Award. He left the work at marketing agencies in 2016 and opened the first social network focused on mentoring for the advertisement market called Menttoo.

Malaysia

Alex Tan

Creative Director, Nokua Design

Alex is the Creative Director at Nokua Design, an award-winning agency, with more than 10 years of experience in both advertising agencies and in-house teams in various roles, including design, art direction, and creative direction. As a Creative Director, Alex has created successful initiatives for international brands such as Walt Disney Licensee, Dreamworks Production Licensee, Herbalife, Nu Skin, Cartivia, Avon, Singapore Expo, MPH Bookstores, Garnier etc. Alex is also responsible for company strategy, creative vision, and user experience. He works directly with clients to leverage concept and idea in order to create meaningful experiences designed that inspire and improve clients' brand and peoples' lives. Alex brings his passion for design to Nokua Design's office by creating a work environment that fosters collaboration and personal growth, and a culture that celebrates a healthy work/play balance. With a focus on creative design, his goal is to create work that is not only beautiful to look at but produces the results a client needs.

Taiwan

Mel Hsieh

Film Director & Visual Artist, AniMel Studio

Mel is a Visual Artist and an Experimental Filmmaker who constantly exploring avenues of expression that combine New Cinema and Contemporary Art. At age 17, Mel was nominated for the award of British Young Designer of the year (2005). He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London (2009) and won 1st prize winner for the D&AD student Awards in their Music Video category. He got involved in making music videos, participated in MTV channel idents and was officially selected and screened at Adobe Design Achievement Awards, D&AD New Blood Talent and Rushes Soho Short Festival, etc. Mel received his SVA Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement in MFA Computer Art at School of Visual Art (2015) and student winner of Red Dot Awards in their Film Art category. His film "iNTERFACE" has won numerous of international awards and continues to screen at art and film festivals world wide such as Scope Art Miami, Brooklyn Film Festival, Visionaria Festival and Amsterdam Experimental Film Festival and The Artist Forum Festival of the Moving Image, etc. Mel continues to expand his animation vocabulary with American Digital Artist, Lillian F. Schwartz (1927) to corporate on a short animated film "Pangloss" (2015). He now works as an independent moving image artist and the founder of AniMel Studio to corporates in the art, music and fashion industry such as Jenn Lee, Chiehms, Young Art Taipei, Bito, Taipei Legacy, HIM International Music and EMI Music. His works related to subjects of Identity and body, phenomenology, surrealism and lucid dream as representation of reality that animation could facilitate a film-taking place within the mind.

United Kingdom

Anthony Jones

Creative Director, Upp B2B

Anthony has spent over 16 years driving insightful and impactful creative solutions at some of the most well known creative agencies in the UK. He has also spent a deal of this time specialising in creating industry-class digital communications and user experiences. Obsessive and passionate when it comes to quality and effectiveness, Anthony revels in moulding large and small scale creative solutions to business problems, making sure that a blend of perspective, real craft and insight-driven strategy remains a central theme. During his career he, and his teams, have produced award-winning work for some of world's most recognisable brands. Some past clients include ghd, BP, EA Games, DHL, Financial Times, Michelin, Nissan, Barclaycard, CITI Financial Europe, Shell, Crown Paints, Virgin, and LG. Anthony admits he is a design geek spending much of his personal time immersed in all areas of the creative gamut. He also lectures at the University of Leeds (UK), teaching the next generation of creatives and designers about interactivity and user experience.

Germany

Leonardo Zakour

CEO & Interaction Designer, BONS

Leonardo Zakour is an Argentine Product Designer currently living in Hamburg, Germany. After getting his degree in Graphic Design, he worked as a freelance branding and interaction designer with various international brands and agencies. In 2009 he founded BONS, a digital agency working with startups and forward-thinking companies to build amazing digital products. For the past eight years, Leonardo has been building new products of his own and helping entrepreneurs build successful startups. He is a full-stack Product Designer, capable of taking concepts and ideas all the way to high-quality finished products. Leonardo is passionate about UI/UX and technology. If not at his desk, you can find him in conferences and meetups around the world. He is highly focused on quality and innovation, always searching for new and exciting products that solve real problems and give great value to the user.

United States

Jarvis Grant

Imaging Specialist, Jarvis Grant Imaging

Jarvis Grant is a creative strategist with over 25 years of experience working extensively in the f ields of arts educat ion, commercial photography, journalism, digital multimedia and fine art. Recognized as an industry expert who designs solut ions integrat ing my extensive toolset. Solid experience managing innovat ive models maximizing client expectat ions through open communicat ions, project management and joint applicat ion design sessions. Advocates for team members' voices to be heard during the design process and champions both thought leaders and implementers during the process. Transforming organizational emerging digital media goals by expanding existing assets onto platforms that will extend the reach of the potential user's experiences beyond the physical walls of your institution. Produces captivating content that allows all parties involved to benefit from the power of generating dynamic digital media. Collaborates with digital innovators, K-12 and higher education academicians, writes digital content and technical material, and training curricula for public and private partnerships, and small businesses.

United States

Greg Abel

Founder, Tailfin

Greg's career began in advertising at McCann-Erickson and Fitzgerald+Co in Atlanta, then jumped to the digital space, with digital marketing mega-consultancy US Web/CKS (later marchFIRST) where he helped to develop digital strategy and online user experiences for a range of consumer brands. In 2002, Greg cofounded Tailfin, which has grown into a diverse, award-winning marketing and creative services agency. In his spare time, Greg is an avid (or maybe "rabid" is a better term) Atlanta sports fan and a single-engine airplane pilot.

Italy

Jurij Plavnik

Creative Director, F4F Creative Factory

Jurij Plavnik is the founder and CEO Creative Director of F4F Creative Factory, Italy. With 20 years of experience and passion for branding, graphic design, web design and advertising, he has worked with international clients like Castelli Cycling, Lumberjack, Calzedonia, Spalding, and so on. Jurij received multiple international awards like the Italy Web Award, Mediastars (where he participated as a juror), Davey Awards and WebAwards.

Brazil

Daniel da Hora

CCO, DH,LO Creative Boutique

Considered one of the most important creatives of his generation, Daniel da Hora is a multi-awarded creative with 20 years of experience in the industry. He built successful regional and national cases for brands such as Apple, Carrier, Castrol, Honda, GM, and others. He majored in Graphic Design, with postgraduate (Master's / Doctorate) in Communication and Semiotics. Daniel is an awarded speaker and member of the jury at several global creativity festivals, such as Cannes Lions; Clio Awards, New York Festivals, London International Awards, A-Design Awards, Cristal Festival, El Ojo de Iberoamerica, among many others. Named one of the "Ten most influential creatives in Brazil in 2009" by AdvertLatina. In 2014, Daniel was named by the Brazilian media as the "Brazilian creative that most attended to creativity juries in the early 21st Century" and was appointed the "Number 1 Creative Juror of the World in 2015" by The NextGag Magazine. He is also a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (iADAS), The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), and Art Director's Club (NY/USA). In 2016, he was named by Creativepool as the TOP 3 Creative Directors of the world.

Canada

Donald Samson

Creative Director, Cartier Communication Marketing

Donald loves innovation. He likes to follow the news for global advertising and be able to compare the trend was. A Graphic Designer by trade, he quickly transformed himself into an Art Director thanks to his talent for perfectly merging rigour with inspiration. The superior quality of his work, both print and TV, has repeatedly earned him the respect of his peers who have rewarded his work with over forty honours, including being chosen as a finalist at the prestigious International Advertising Festival in Cannes. Donald is now Creative Director at CART1ER, where he easily wins the top prize for the most communicative laugh in the building. He was recognized and awarded at prestigious competitions as Cannes Lions, Crea, Marketing Awards, Applied Arts, Media Award, etc.

South Korea

Felix Genzmer

Global Creative Director, Group IDD Seoul

Felix Genzmer has been working as a Digital Creative since 1999 in the advertisement industry. Started as an Art Director but discovered his passion for creative concepts, campaign creation and brand lead. He has worked in Germany, South Korea and have work experience in the USA, China and the Netherlands. Felix's recent work in South Korea consists mainly of international campaigns in- and out-bound. His core strength is concept development and campaigns creation for global premium and automotive brands. He is also a recipient of several global awards in the past.

United Kingdom

Greg Wixted

Chief Amazement Officer, Global iLabs Ltd

Greg is a dynamic and committed, award-winning innovation and marketing professional with 20 years of experience. He founded Xpert back in 2010, a London-based Innovation and brand marketing business. Over the years, he has enjoyed building management teams with wide sets of skills, getting strong-minded and talented individuals to collaborate and has gained invaluable experience of devising innovation, business and marketing and digital strategies.

United States

Kyle Johnson

Principle/Creative Director, BlkMrkt. Cr8tiv Labs

As a creative director and marketing manager, Kyle helps clients understand complex ideas, motivates them to action, and cooperates with media outlets to carry out successful strategies. He is also the recipient of numerous international industry awards hosted by AVA, MarCom, Hermes, etc. Kyle is also a competent judge and had opportunities to utilize his passion for meaningful, quality design to give constructive criticism and appropriate advice where needed.

Canada

Marshall Lorenzo

Creative Director, Marshall Lorenzo

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Marshall is an Art Director with ten years experience in digital design, branding and art direction, currently based in Toronto, Canada. He studied Communications at Auckland University of Technology, and have been working in the web industry for five years. He has worked on a wide range of projects with clients such as Target, Jetstar, Holden, Tourism New Zealand, History Channel, CBC, CTV, IFC, Steinlager and Visa. He is also a writer, and enjoy watching hours of "bad" television, Celine Dion's insane stage choreography and people jogging down hills too fast. He was the Webby Awards 2014 Television Honoree, Canadian Screen Awards 2014 Cross Platform Project Non Fiction, Silver award winner for Atomic Awards 2014 in Digital Engagement.

India

Deepti Kshirsagar

Founder- Creative Strategist, WOW Design Pvt. Ltd.

A purveyor of the thought that good design is the one which impacts lives. Deepti has over a decade of experience in Design and Branding and has been instrumental in launching few notable, global brands in India. She believes that Design is evolving with culture and perspective of looking at design merely as a good looking piece of art needs to evolve too. New energy is pumping in exploring the undone in design and communication, and its imperative to channelize that energy in the right manner. She believes in the ability to nurture and hone the new breed of design basis the experience and intuit. She has done so as a founder of WOW Design, for last 6 years, honing the best talent and delivering some path breaking brand experiences across category.

United States

Matthew Fitz-Henry

Founder | CEO, Genome

For over 15 years, Matt has been immersed in the convergence of digital media, entertainment, and brand. Matt is the Founder & CEO of Genome, an experiential digital innovation agency based in lower Manhattan, NYC. Genome currently works with clients ranging from early stage start-ups, to Fortune 100 brands, in addition to being a digital production partner for larger agencies and holding companies. Before starting Genome, Matt was the EVP / GM of the digital agency startup HYFN that grew to over 55 people and was acquired by LIN Media (NYSE: LIN), a broadcast television company. In his role at HYFN Matt was responsible for overseeing business development, operations, and client services and worked directly with clients including Google, Microsoft, Intuit, Levi's, Pepsi, and many others. While at HYFN the company was the recipient of numerous awards including, the 2012 OMMA Award for Best B2B initiative (Google Gomo), the 2012 Golden Tweet Award (Wendy's), and the 2012 Promo Award (Olympus Pen Ready Campaign). Prior to joining HYFN Matt was the head of digital for Disney Music Group where he was responsible for the digital business and content deals for Hollywood Records, Lyric Street Records and Walt Disney Records. The roster of these labels include such artists as: The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Rascal Flatts, Breaking Benjamin, Plain White T's, and Selena Gomez, in addition to the franchise properties such as: Tron, High School Musical, Cars, The Chronicles of Narnia, Hannah Montana, Alice in Wonderland and many others. While at Disney Matt also co-produced "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat: Disney Jazz, Vol 1" a collection of Disney standards re-imagined by jazz artists including Grammy award-winning Esperanza Spaulding, Gil Goldstein, Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, the Bad Plus, Regina Carter, Gilad Hekselman and many others. Matt holds degrees in both Jazz performance and Music Business from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He is a voting member of the Grammy's and the CMA's. He is also an active speaker, company advisor, and product development consultant. Matt also owns and operates a restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.

Germany

Philipp Nottelmann

Visual Designer, Nottelmann Art Direction (Design Studio)

Philipp is a freelance Designer, running his own studio in North Germany's beautiful harbor city Hamburg. His career started at the award-winning agency Hi-ReS! and took him into several creative fields of the industry. He gained knowledge about Animation, Photography and Film at the Post Production Optix, developed digital campaigns and applications at deepblue networks and eventually learned the essence of classic advertising at JungvonMatt in Beijing, China. After coming back from China with a new global perspective Philipp decided to start a business on his own and to offer his skills to brands, creative agencies as well as local businesses. Over the recent years, he worked with a diverse range of clients like Mercedes, Smart, BMW, Volkswagen, Jagermeister, Red Bull, Tuborg, Haribo, Ferrero, Micros, Swatch, Siemens, Henkel, and P&G. Philipp is a Conceptual Designer and loves interdisciplinary working, learning new skills and to network. He always tries to challenge the status quo and his work is best described as transforming ideas into visuals and vice versa.

Portugal

Leopat Magnus

Art Director, Infinit

I'm Leandro (aka Leopat Magnus) a self-taught Designer & Maker from Lisbon. Founder & Art Director at INFINIT, Design Lead at GadRing, Smatch and member of the AWWWARDS jury. With over 12 years work experience I worked with some pretty great people at some pretty awesome companies.I also spend about 3 months a year working on self-initiated projects.

Canada

Romaicia Naser

Creative Director, Kukoon Media Inc.

Being a creative with a passion for visual arts, it has always been natural to implement an 'out-of-the-box' approach to marketing, design and branding. Nothing has been more rewarding for me than to be able to embrace this freethinking, creative mentality coupled with my advanced, adaptive and ever-growing skill set, to excel in my professional career as an Entrepreneur, Creative Director and Brand Developer. Stepping out of my comfort zone, on many occasions, has resulted in recognition on a broader scale through national awards and honours including a nomination for the Top 40 Under 40 class of 2016 for Calgary, Alberta. With over a decade of investment in the design trade, I have acquired the reputation to lead multi-platform marketing and branding for all digital esthetics and their counterparts across new and established businesses. Building and sustaining a strong unity and balance in art & design as well as streamlining ideas and establishing creative teams is where I thrive. My persistence and continuous drive to push compelling and creative ideas forward have expanded Kukoon Media's reach in to new markets on a global scale.

United States

Jon Reil

VP, Creative Director, MullenLowe U.S.

Jon Reil is a Creative Director at MullenLowe. He's passionate about creating innovative work, art & creative direction, experience design, and finding the simple in the complex. He'd like to continue to help make the web and the world a better place for people through simplicity and smart design. In addition to agency life, he had led internal marketing and product development teams and consulted with a number of startups in Boston and Los Angeles.

China

WenJun Zhou

Founder & Design Director, 524 Studio

Zhou has been invited to United States and Italy as Design Jury for several international design awards. Such as SPARK Architecture and Design Awards (2013.US), A' Design Awards (2013-2014.IT), Vertex Awards (2014-2015.US), A' Design Awards (2015-2016.IT), and Vertex Awards (2015-2016.US). His work has earned a plethora of international awards, mainly including: The Art Directors Club Cube (US), One Show Design Pencil (US), Red Dot Awards (DE), Cannes Lions (FR), Tokyo Type Directors Club (JP), HKDA global design awards (HK), A' Design Awards(IT), International Photography Awards (US), Japan Typography Association (JP), Design For Asia Awards(HK), GRAPHIS Gold Award (US), China National Art Exhibition highest prize (CN) and other awards. He graduated from the School of Architecture at China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). He then majored and graduated with a master's degree in urban image design at the School of Design, also at CAFA. He is a Cube Awarded Member of New York the Art Directors Club (ADC), Pencil Awarded Member of New York The One Club, Member of The Architectural League New York and Member of the China Artists Association. Zhou's work has been published and exhibited globally, such as United States, Japan, Germany, British, Brazil, China, South Africa, India, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria, Chile, South Korea, Slovenia, Thailand, Argentina, France, and Switzerland.

United Kingdom

Graeme Hall

Creative Director, iFour

Graeme set up ifour in 2006 with a vision for making great design accessible for everyone, an ethos that is still subscribed to today. To date, Graeme has over 15 years of experience working in all aspects of then design sector including print, social media marketing, animation, video, and SEO to name a few. Graeme started his creative career working for exclusive motor giants such as Porsche and Ferrari, this gave him a solid foundation for developing inspirational designs that really stood out and inspired audiences in this fast moving brand world. He then took the leap of faith and founded ifour ten years ago with the vision and motto to "make great design accessible to everyone" and to this day he stands by this adage. As Graeme often mentions "it's easy to make something look pretty" but what does design actually mean and how will it impact on a client bottom line? This is and always be the utmost consideration when Graeme gets creative with a brand, website or piece of collateral. He is always looking to push the creative bar with his innovative and inspiring designs and ensures there is always a strategic reason behind everything he creates and this offer clients maximum impact and ROI. As the saying goes you are only as good as your last piece of work and this is never truer than in the world of design and creativity. Last year, Graeme took to the stage to collect the national Recommended Agency Awards for "Creativity & Innovation".

United States

DJ Summitt

Motion Designer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

DJ Summitt is the award-winning Creative Director of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's Application and Content Globalization team and Founder, Motion Designer of Summitt FilmWorks in San Diego, CA. Sitting at the juncture of generations and the edge of nations, DJ fuses bleeding-edge techniques, proven design theory, international experience, and heaping dose of the x-factor to help his clients' projects and products leap out of the screen and into the audience's lifestyle.

Ecuador

Jimmy Landaburu

Creative / Senior Art Director, Creacional AAG / Carat Dentsu

Through his career he's had the opportunity of working in some of Ecuador's top agencies such as Maruri Grey, Norlop JWT, Lowe and Y&R. Always aware of the need to acquire different perspectives to expand his knowledge about the advertising industry he worked as an intern in top agencies Agulla & Baccetti, Y&R (Argentina) and Grey Brasil. Jimmy's creative portfolio includes some recognitions and awards in both national and international festivals, such as New York Festivals, El Ojo de Iberoamerica, Condor de Oro, Festival del Caribe, Diario El Comercio, among others. Has had several publications of his work and interviews in diverse advertising and design sites like Latinspots, Abduzeedo and Fubiz Recently in 2016 he had the honor of being invited by The One Club to participate as a Mentor on the Creative Bootcamp New York hosted by Wunderman & Creative Bootcamp London hosted by Wieden + Kennedy, and chosen to be part of preliminary jurys on Adstars Festival in Korea. As also it represents Jury in FEPI Festival Independiente de Publicidad. This year Jimmy was confirmed like Grand Jury on New York Festivals, Jury on Festival Iberoamericano FICE, Mentor & Jury on Adobe Design Awards and Preliminary Jury on Cresta International Awards in New York. At the present time he works as a Senior Creative Art Director in Creacional AAG, On line Academic 3D teacher in Crehana creativity school, Academic Mentor on Bendita carpeta Argentina and Associated C.C.O. for online magazine.

United States

Michael Russo

Cheif Creative Officer, RUSSO Branding Agency

Michael Russo has over 20 years of creative experience with a vast array of clients from coast to coast. As an award-winning Art Director, Copywriter and Designer, Michael has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation, the Silver Microphone Awards, the AIGA, the PIAS, the W3 Interactive Awards, the Horizon Interactive Awards, the Pelican Awards and is a Silver TELLY winner. In addition, Michael is a member of the American Advertising Federation, the AIGA, a past voting member of the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences (Grammy) and a Silver Council member and Judge of the International TELLY Awards. After receiving his BFA from the University of Louisiana, Michael worked as a Graphic Designer and Copywriter in Seattle, WA. In 2001, after returning to his hometown of Lafayette, LA, Michael co-founded RUSSO - is a strategic branding agency with offices in Lafayette, New Orleans and Nashville. RUSSO uses consumer insight to develop branding initiatives that effectively change the conversation - forming emotional connections between the consumer and the brand.

United Kingdom

Andrea Foresi

Senior Creative, Art Director, Ogilvy & Mather

Andrea Foresi is an award-winning senior Creative and Art Director based in London. Over the years he has honed his conceptual, tech-driven approach, always pushing into new ground, especially in digital. He has worked for a variety of global and independent agencies, from Publicis Milan to Wunderman UK, and tackled the big issues for many major brands, including Microsoft, Shell, Heineken, Renault and GSK.

Malaysia

Joe Hui

Project Manager, Creative Department

Passionate about design and digital technology. A graduate of University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Joe has over 5 years of experience crafting strategy, creative direction and project management for global clients including Herbalife (U.S), ABB (Switzerland), Ice Watch (Belgium), Monier (Luxembourg) and IPA (Australia), Celestial Pictures (Hong Kong) & Cocomas (Indonesia). Joe is enthusiastic about motivating and mentoring team members and tapping into the essence of creative passion that lies at the heart of every visionary. He is committed to staying on the forefront of the latest trends and emerging technologies, and continues to expand and evolve his capabilities based on the changing needs of the industry and his passion for innovation.

Italy

Alessandro Miasi

Senior Creative, A-Tono dmcs

Alessandro - or Ale - is an award-winning copywriter with international experience. As a Senior Copywriter, he mentors young creatives through their first years in the business. Throughout his career, he worked for big networks and independent agencies, on a wide range of global and national accounts, and had the chance to bolster and broaden his experience and business understanding, working on different media, and always manage to deliver top quality ideas and solutions.

United States

Shangning Wang

Freelance Designer, Business Owner

Shangning Wang is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, and all around creative. He focuses on commercial art, typography, illustration, branding, and poster art. He also sits on the jury for a number of design contests, such as Poster hero 6th, Vega Digital Awards, Muse Creative Awards 2016, COW International Design Festival: COW: ILLUSTRATION 2016, and International Reggae Poster Contest 2016. In past two years, he received more than twenty global awards for his work. His poster designs were exhibited in many cities around the world including Dnepropetrovsk, La Paz, Seoul, Suzhou, Taipei, Sarasota, Bradenton, Phoenix, Trnava, Melbourne, Lublin, etc. His design works have been published in many design magazines and featured on more than thirty graphic design blogs. "To hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly and to decide impartially." is what describes Shangning appropriately as a design judge. He always believes good design can save the world with passion, dream, and love!

Italy

Patrizia Burra

Professional Photographer MQEP (Master qualified European Photographer), Patrizia Burra Photography

Patrizia Burra began his career in art as a painter first and then, self-taught as a photographer. Specializing in portraits and Digital manipulation, Patrizia has received during his career, and in particular the last three years, numerous international prizes and special mentions, has been published in prestigious journals such as 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2014/2015 by Lurzer's ARCHIVE 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide 2013/2014 by Lurzer's ARCHIVE or Vogue, and has exhibited his works in Italy and abroad. She is MQEP MASTER QUALIFIED EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHER.

United States

David Valenzia

Creative Director, ThoughtLab LLC

With a decade of experience - 5+ years in leadership roles - driving campaign strategy, messaging, and art direction, David Valenzia directed communications across a variety of functional areas including branding, advertising, and interactive (display, email, search, social, and web), including the conceptual development of global, integrated campaigns. In these roles, David directly engaged with and managed teams of graphic designers, writers, content strategists, experience strategists, UX designers, interactive producers, front-end and back-end web developers, and software engineers. David challenges assumptions: an explorer, investigator, listener and adventurer ambitiously curious about the outside world. He focuses experiential design and engaging others: individual and organization engagement, motivation, and goals should be at the core of every idea. Long lasting solutions can be created with dialogue, honesty, inclusion, and hard work: exploring ideas and innovations will shape the future of design by rethinking form, function, and aesthetics. He is currently the Head of Creative Strategy for ThoughtLab, developing internal systems, marketing strategies, and client design.

United States

Brad Abrahams

Creative Director and Filmmaker, Curator Pictures

Brad Abrahams is a documentary filmmaker and commercial director based in Canada and the USA. He has previously worked as a creative director for Digital Kitchen in Seattle, and is now on the roster of Curator Pictures. He documents and create films on esoteric and offbeat subject matter for the wider masses. Brad's professional and independent work has been seen by millions and covered by Fareed Zakaria on CNN, Fast Company, Wired, Vice, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Gawker, LA Times, The Onion AV Club, The Verge, Indiewire, and more. Recently, Brad has also been making film projects with Bill Gates for his philanthropy work.

China

Jing Liu

Art Director, Moving Station

Jing Liu is a Beijing based Art director, Branding design specialist, design thinker, design researcher and co-founder at Moving Station Design Lab and Non Form Branding Design and Strategy. Jing studied Philosophy and Visual communication design in mainland China and the Netherlands. He found the THEATER Research Team with China Northern Jiaotong University and TUB (Technical University of Berlin) after he came back from the Netherlands. In the beginning of his career, he spent a could of years doing research and practicing on Information system architecture theories' application on Visual Communication Design. In 2014, he found Moving Station Design Lab and Non Form Branding Design and Strategy, focus on Brand strategy and Branding design.

Russia

Aleksandr Tikhonov

Director, Contorra Family

Aleksandr Tikhonov was born and raised in Sochi, Russia. He entered the IT world in 2005 while living in Ukraine with his 2nd wife. Started as a translator, rewriter, and copywriter, he then continued his career in the customer service line, junior marketer, and business development specialist. In 2008, Aleksandr founded Contorra, a web agency in Sochi with big love for Drupal. It was a small team of dedicated people who made some of Russia's most impressive Drupal sites. Later they mastered Magento and WordPress, and by 2017, there's a big number of 150 active customers' websites - not to mention numerous logos and identities. He now resides in a wooden house in a picturesque village of the Sochi outskirts with his wife, little son and red dachshund.

Poland

Tom Koszyk

CEO/Founder, Hologram

Tom Koszyk is a multidisciplinary designer, focused on digital products and has ten years of experience. During that time, he had the pleasure of working with startups, software houses and interactive/advertising agencies from around the world. His designs were featured in many opinion-forming media sources including Gizmodo, Engadget, Creative Bloq, Behance and Abduzeedo. He's also a member of the Jury of KTR Design Contest, the biggest polish competition for creatives held by Polish Advertisers Association. Tom has been working as a Head of Digital Design at Mullen Lowe Warsaw, part of the prestigious agency network Mullen Lowe with their headquarters in Boston, USA. He also teaches UX/UI design at Envato and had served as a guest lecturer at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. Tom is also a co-author of Affinity Designer Workbook published by Serif. Now he's the founder and creative lead of Hologram, one of the most appreciated Polish digital design studios.

China

HuiMin Su

Designer, HMSUEDesign

Huimin Su, born in 1992 in Shandong Province, China, graduated from Bohai University as a graphic designer. His design works have participated in the Russian Golden Bee International Graphic Design Biennale, Beijing International Design Week "2016 Contemporary International Ink Painting Exhibition", Ukraine "4TH BLOCK" Eco-International Poster Triennial, Milan Design Week - China's institutions of higher learning design disciplines Teachers and students outstanding works exhibition and so on. His works were also showcased in Ukraine, China, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, China Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Serbia, to name a few. Su was also a member of the Ico-D International Design Council (2015.03-2016.05) and ADCK-Asia Chinese and Korean Design Association (2016.03).

Hong Kong

Junjie "Jake" Zhang

Professor of Animation, Savannah College of Art and Design

Junjie "Jake" Zhang is an independent animation artist, illustrator and educator living in LA and Hong Kong. He likes to explore and develop different visual styles to express his artistic opinions and stories. Most of his films are dark-humorous, ironic and fantastic, reflecting social and political issues indirectly. Jake Zhang holds a BA in Digital Media from China Central Academy of Fine Arts and a MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from University of Southern California. His films have been awarded and selected in festivals all over the world, including Storytelling Designation Winner in Adobe Design and Achievement Award (2015),Nomination in 58th CINE Golden Eagle Award (2015), the Best 2D project in The Vision Feast, Distinction Award in Athens Animation Festival (2016), Winner in Animaze Animation Day in Cannes Film Festival (2016), Official Selection in Ann Arbor Film Festival (2017), KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival (2015), Corfu Animation Festival (2015), Cutout Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival (2015), Animasyros International Animation Festival (2015) and Melbourne International Animation Festival (2014). Currently, Jake lives in Hong Kong, where he is a professor of animation at Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong.

United States

Echo Chernik

Advertising Illustrator, Echo-x llc

Echo Chernik has over twenty years of experience as a professional commercial illustrator in the advertising field. She is best known for her art nouveau and decorative styles. Clients include: Celestial Seasonings Teas, Miller, Camel, Coors, USPS, Nascar, Trek, Publix, Disney, Random House, Penguin, DeKuyper and many more. On the book publishing side, she is equally known for her work in the rpg industry, especially for the rpg Shadowrun. She currently resides in Seattle, WA. www.echo-x.com

United States

Dan May

Associate Professor of Art and Design, University of Nebraska- Kearney

Dan has been involved in juries for student work across the midwest. He has 20 years of professional experience in the music and entertainment design industry in San Francisco, and Chicago. He has designed for Eric Clapton, John Lennon, and many others. He also did merchandise design work on the 'Kill Bill' franchise. Dan has been in internationally acclaimed juried shows, and have been involved in design at nearly every level of experience from web to print. His hallmark has been finding the humor in the sublime world of power, politics, and religion. In that vein, his ironic work parodying the nuclear civil defense posters of the 1950s entitled "Thank God for the Atomic Bomb," and "Dr. Mutato Explains it all," was published in the "International Show Against Nuclear Testing," Catalog as well as being part of the United Nations exhibition in New York and Vienna. Pieces of his work Pin Ball Philosophy Series were featured in the 'New York Now' exhibition in 2015 where he depicted religious icons as the subject matter in pinball game displays. But he does take his work seriously in that he endeavors to understand human attraction to things, his article on sustainable design, and how to combat the process of creating desire when a need does not exist was published as part of a journal on new approaches to educating in the Library of Congress in 2011, and his continuing research into the neuroaesthetics realm attempts to begin the process of quantifying the concepts of beauty for use in the design field, and the classroom.

China

Zhonghao Wu

University Professor, Zaozhuang University (ZZU)

Wu Zhonghao enjoys the domestic black and white graphics and the psychological feeling and effect of the first to explore the diode color independent creative expression, and enjoys a high reputation in the International Festival of graphic design, has been invited to 2014, 2015 for two consecutive terms as Italy a international design award for the final assessment of the judges, 2015, 2016 for two consecutive terms as K-DESIGN Award International Design Award Gold Plaque Award competition unit the final judges, 2015 Mexico International Poster Exhibition international jury, 2015 International Poster reggae music festival international jury, 2015, the 12th Ukrainian COW- International Design Award for the final judges, the eleventh session of the Shenzhen Fair will digital creative design exhibition judges. He also guide students to participate in domestic and international design competition awards: Twelfth Ukraine COW- International Design Award cow themed competition unit first, free poster unit first, commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Design Fair Gold Medal of the establishment of Shenzhen, the 9th Ukraine International Poster Triennial Award nomination, the 8th Skopje international student Poster Exhibition 100 best Works Award, the ninth Turner tile Slovak International Poster Triennial merit award, eighth Czech virtual Prague International Design Biennial award of merit such as. Individual design works international awards: the graphis "Grand Prix, Leipzig International Poster Festival Grand Prix, the German Political Poster Biennial award, Italy a international design award silver, bronze, HIIIBRADN font competition silver, bronze, American Los Angeles IDA International Design Awards Jury Award, eighth session of the Ukraine International Poster Triennial review on Book Award, first prize in the international exhibition of graphic design, Italy, Italy GOOD50X70 best design award, Iran Weibula International Poster Biennale best design award, etc. In the twenty-fourth Poland Warsaw Biennale, Finland Biennale eighteenth, nineteen, three in Lahti exhibition, the thirteenth Mexico Poster Biennale, nineteenth Colorado Biennale invited, eighth, the nine session of the Slovakia Biennale eleventh three watt Turner, Moss cockin bee Biennale, fourth Poland Political Poster Biennale, eighth Czech virtual Prague International Design Biennial, fifth Bolivia International Poster Biennial, fourteenth Poland International Poster Biennale Reshufu drama, the seventh Sophia international exhibition stage for three years, the eighth session of the Aarhus International Poster festival in Denmark, the eighth Asian graphic design exhibition in three, the fifth Beijing International Art Biennale, etc.

United States

Leslie Walsh

Creative Director / Founder, Gifted Creative Group LLC

Leslie Walsh is a 2005 magma cum laude graduate in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Leslie has over 11 years of experience in Illustration, design, advertising, branding, and hand-lettering. She has worked an art director in small and worldwide agencies, as a freelancer, and in the creative group she founded 4 years ago. She has had several national ad campaign concepts come to fruition, and has been invited to speak with students at her alma mater (multiple times, on stage and in the classroom). Leslie was a portfolio reviewer at SCAD (in Admissions, and for scholarships), and she work with my interns to help them find their voices refine their styles. Leslie mentors and teaches, and provides creative direction and guidance to her interns (18 total). She has always enjoyed being involved in extracurricular activities and has held leadership positions, as well as founding and organizing groups and mobilizing volunteers throughout her life. Leslie has curated gallery shows for herself and groups of artists, produced fashion shows, and collaborated in a multitude of projects including fashion styling and painting, in her free time. Leslie is also a representative for illozoo.com, a visual communication agency with 150 creatives worldwide, founded by illustrator (and her former professor), Mohamed Danawi. Leslie loves all things creative and is excited about the opportunity to review the work of talented individuals and determine what stands out from the crowd.

India

Vidya Sharma

Director & Partner, Rocketscience Lab

Vidya Sharma is a directing team of music videos, commercials and films. With an uncanny eye for detail and pretty straightforward concepts, their videos cleverly plays off their obsession ideas and technology. The duo joined forces in 2010 and formed ROCKETSCIECNELAB to create colorful creative work, mixing live action, stop frame and animation for commercials, virals, music videos n anything creative. RocketscienceLab is a director driven mixed-media production company. Since its launch, RocketscienceLab has become recognised for its combined interests in ideas and technology to present unique creative pieces of work. Founded in 2010 by Directors Vidya Sharma & Rajesh Thomas as a mixed media production company with an experimental flair, its built up an outstanding portfolio and a reputation to go with it. The lab's works has been picked up by Fastcodesign, BBC Music video festival, London International Animation Festival, East End London Film Festival, Holland animation film festival and has been showcased in international magazines and websites like Stash, IDN, Computer arts (D&AD article), Promonews, bloodyloud, Desktop, File, HugoBoss, The creators project and many more. Today, RocketscienceLab is one of the most innovative production companies, consistently producing beautifully crafted intelligent work while maintaining a distinctive style working across the traditional and emerging mediums. With an emphasis to producing original content, the lab designs moving image works that include Commercials, MV's, Shorts & Idents. We surround ourselves with talented artists, who create exceptional work in collaboration with our passionate team, to produce hyperreal visuals.

United States

Jong Jik Kim

Lighting TD / Senior 3D Designer, Blue Sky Studios - 20th Century Fox

JJ (JongJik) has worked at Dreamworks Animation, Blue Sky Studios (FOX) and various commercial works, and his works have been published in magazines and awarded in various foundations. In 2015, he received various top recognitions for his expertise in 3D Total Creative Magazine, CG Society Editor's Choice and Dope Award 3D. He was also the selected Reel in the Outreach Program Winner for DreamWorks Animation in 2014. His works as an official Dreamworks Animations Presentation have been presented to many universities in the USA. He has professional experiences, but also he has good eyes on details to judges.

Canada

Michael Saravia

Brand & Digital Strategist, elGrafiko

Michael creates and guides the development of content that furthers a brand online, to engage and excite users while encouraging them to make a purchase either online or in-store. He helps break through the clutter and delivers digital brand experiences and content that is industry leading, engaging, relevant and on a trend that resonate with their audiences and drive sales. He loves websites that are beautiful to look at but also functional to experience on any device size. After having been on the field for ten years, experienced the web on various screen sizes. Having an understanding of what the web could be and not what it should be. It's a great pleasure to share that experience with others.

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