Take Your Exclusive Seat on the
MUSE Creative Awards Panel

The MUSE Creative Awards Jury is exceptional in the depth of expertise it draws on from its extensive judging community, composed of highly respected and experienced professionals who have distinguished themselves in their field.

Judges are handpicked from a diverse range of marketing and advertising companies as well as disciplines from around the world, bringing industry knowledge and category-specific skill sets to evaluate every entry.

It is with great gratitude and honor that we celebrate these amazing judges for dedicating their time, knowledge as well as hard work to maintain the awards at the highest standards. Without this prestigious group of industry experts' commitment and enthusiasm, the award program would not be possible.

United States

Jon Meakin

Lead Consultant, Coldharbour Communications

Jon has almost 30 years' communications agency experience, gained on both sides of the Atlantic. He has worked for independent boutiques and international networks alike, advising and representing clients across a range of sectors.

For the past decade, Jon has been focused on Technology clients, and after moving from London to San Francisco, led the West Coast team of international PR firm, Grayling, and then held the position of President, North America, for emerging tech agency, Clarity.

Jon now runs his own brand communications consultancy, Coldharbour Communications, and sits on the international board of the Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC).

United States

Chuck McBride

Founder/CCO, Cutwater

Chuck founded Cutwater in 2007 with Omnicom. Under his leadership, Cutwater developed iconic work for Ray-Ban, Levi Strauss, American Giant, Ariat, Jeep, LensCrafters, and BNP Paribas.

In 2011, the partners took the agency independent. Prior, Chuck was the Creative Director of North America at TBWAChiat Day, where, alongside Lee Clow, he won Sprint, Mars, Adidas, and Agency of the Year, twice.

While running the San Francisco office, it became the most awarded agency in the world. Chuck also worked at Wieden + Kennedy running the Nike account, and at Goodby Silverstein and Partners where he worked on Isuzu and the “Got Milk?” campaign. Chuck has had the pleasure of working on both Men and Women’s sectors of the Levi Strauss brand at three different agencies.

Chuck has been nominated five times for an Emmy, and was awarded once, with more outstanding achievements at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, D&AD, One Show, Communication Arts, NY Art Directors Club, Andy’s, and Effies.

United States

Joel Kaplan

Executive Creative Director, MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER

Joel’s path to Executive Creative Director at MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER was not all that traditional which gives him a unique perspective on creativity. Before starting in creative advertising, Joel had experience as a receptionist, a cook, a construction worker, an accountant, a teacher, and a sound engineer. But in truth, all of these careers in their own odd ways helped Joel quickly succeed and ascend the ranks in advertising and played a vital role in his approach to advertising, which focuses more on cultural insights and personal interaction than data sets and character counts.

Joel’s entry into advertising began with his role as a copywriter at AKQA and Crispin Porter + Bogusky, followed by a role as senior copywriter at Pereira & O’Dell. From there, Joel was able to show his creative prowess and expertise in various creative director roles at agencies like Eleven, AKQA, and eventually, MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER.

When Joel Kaplan first joined MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER as a Creative Director, he helped launch the award-winning Netflix “Spoilers” effort, shape the messaging for Method Soap’s “Fear No Mess” campaign, and develop Audi’s live episodic content series, “Think Faster”. Joel now plays a lead role in the agency as Executive Creative Director & Associate Partner, making innovative connections, platforms, products, and marketing for the agency’s growing roster of brand partners and clients.


Dmitriy Glazyrin

Production Director / CGI Generalist, Mondlicht Studios GmbH

Dmitriy Glazyrin is an experienced freelance Creative Artist with a demonstrated history of working in the art and advertising industry. After graduating from Realtime School (3D Generalist), he has a highly developed skillset in CGI, art direction, digital matte painting, and retouching.

Dmitriy has been working in the advertising industry for more than 10 years and has worked with creative agencies such as Platinum FMD (Brasil), Lightfarm (New Zealand), Cream (Australia), RecomFarmHouse (UK), Western and Jack (Russia) to name a few.

During his time at these agencies, Dmitriy has worked on projects for household brand names including Coca-Cola, Wacom, Netflix, Toyota, Ford, Lexus, Philips, Nestle, Lego, Adidas, and many others.

Dmitriy is also a teaching artist at Unhide school and Skillbox online university and continues to service his global list of clients.

United States

Alice Crippa

Creative Futurist, Zeus Jones

Alice Crippa is a true believer in the power of creativity to build a better future where we can all live in a more equal and nourishing society. With 10+ years of experience built working on the toughest clients’ challenges, she has a passion for complex projects inspiring deep industry shifts and the creation of new ways of working.

After winning awards at Leo Burnett Milan and FCB Chicago, she’s now one of the Creative Futurists at Zeus Jones (a B Corp!) actively partnering with audacious US companies focused on building today the best possible tomorrow, not just for themselves but for everyone.

As a passionate advocate of innovation as creative and economic multiplier, she dedicates a lot of time to study and champion the efforts previously made by her colleagues. She believes that striving to elevate standards of the creative industry is the first step to enable a more transformative role for ideas in our future.

As lecturing professor at Polytechnic University of Milan, she studies alternative brainstorming methods that help non-creatively-trained experts to be active, transformational forces in future-making.

An immigrant and firm advocate of the value of non-native talents, she is passionate about helping her fellow jurors appreciate cultural nuances and subtle insights that might provide even more context on the hidden potential of a good idea.

Alice Crippa is a relentless champion of timely human insights, value-building innovation, and culture-shifting executions.

United States

Gabriel Barrea

Associate Creative Director, Energy BBDO

Gabriel Barrea is a Brazilian Senior Art Director with 10+ years of experience in advertising, currently working at Energy BBDO in Chicago. Before joining Energy BBDO, he worked at Havas Chicago and in some of the largest agencies in Brazil, such as Ogilvy, TBWA, and FCB. Throughout his career, he had the opportunity to work with local and global brands, such as Coca-Cola, Jack Daniels, Nivea, ESPN, Gatorade, and many others. Gabriel’s work has been recognized in some of the industry's most prestigious awards.


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.

United States

Toygar Bazarkaya

Global CCO, Optimist

Being the Chief Creative Officer of We Are Unlimited, Toygar’s experience in advertising spanned for over a decade, where his ingenuity won him 31 Lions for 15 brands in 12 different categories running brands like Visa, Gillette, Campbell’s, HP and Major League Baseball.

His previous works in BBDO and CCO allowed him to become a member of the Cannes jury in 2015 and is one of the members of the Digital 40 over 40 list in Campaign in 2018. He believes in the power of collaboration of all disciplines in the services of great ideas and the endless possibilities from the integration of media and data.


Steve Savic

EVP, Executive Creative Director, Critical Mass

As the EVP, Executive Creative Director for digital experience design agency Critical Mass, Steve Savic has been creating breakthrough experiences that span the entire digital spectrum for over 20 years. His expertise in branding, motion design, and creative use of technology allows him to turn a single idea into a cutting-edge digital experience that puts people right in the action -- transforming the way consumers interact with brands and creating deep and meaningful connections in the process.

Steve’s results-focused tactics put technology into the hands of consumers and create the interactive moment - the “sweet spot” - between the customer and client. Throughout his career, Steve has been called on to create these immersive brand experiences and integrated campaigns for notable brands such as Dell, Apple, Rolex, Nike, AT&T, and Nissan, which have earned him dozens of industry awards. His work in the digital space has received accolades from programs including Cannes Lions, D&AD, The One Show, The Effies, New York Festivals, The Creativity International Awards, The Tomorrow Awards, and many more.

As an industry veteran, Steve has a deep-rooted passion for evaluating creative work on judging panels alongside his peers. He understands what it means to create an award-winning project, and his experience sitting on juries for industry awards including Cannes Lions, Applied Arts, and Strategy’s Agency of the Year Awards has deepened his appreciation for that collaboration process.


Alessandro Sciortino

Group Executive Creative Director, McCann Worldgroup

A Creative Director with more than 15 years of international experience, Alessandro Sciortino had the opportunity to create integrated campaigns for clients like MasterCard, Honda, Opel, Alitalia, the FAO, and Poste among others. He has led international creatives in Belgium, Germany, and Italy, starting as a copywriter and actually guiding McCann and MRM Rome as a CD on traditional and digital advertising.

Alessandro won more than 30 awards worldwide including Cannes, Epica, Eurobest, Eaca, ADCE Awards, to name a few. He also served as a jury member at ADCI, ADCE, and NY Festivals. His professional experience includes knowing 4 languages and involvement in the Scientific Committee of the University of Rome - Master in Media Management.

United States

Daniel Lobaton

Executive Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi NY

Daniel Lobatón is the Executive Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi New York, where he garnered critical acclaim for clients such as P&G, Wendy’s, Mars Chocolate, Colgate, Chevrolet, and Major League Baseball.

A native of Lima, Peru, Daniel’s best work is with Tide, where his Super Bowl 2018 ad campaign, ‘It’s a Tide Ad’, generated so much interest that it was recognized by the industry’s top award shows including Cannes Lions, and more.

United States

Barney Goldberg

Executive Creative Director, INNOCEAN USA

Barney has led Hyundai's entire Super Bowl efforts for several years. This included leading multiple teams, selling the work through the Hyundai network and producing all the spots.

He also co-creative-directed the integrated campaign for Hyundai’s partnership with The Walking Dead. The Chop Shop App created enabled fans to customize three Hyundais with over 700 different weapons. The Chop Shop became the #1 car app on iTunes, had over 500K downloads, and won numerous industry awards. It also led to a 150% increase in Hyundai.com traffic.

Additionally, Barney also creative-directed the campaign for Hyundai’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup. The hashtag, #becausefutbol, enabled Hyundai to be a part of the World Cup conversation. The #becausefutbol campaign netted a 40% increase in Twitter followers for Hyundai and was recognized by Mashable as one of three brands “getting it right” during the Cup. Hyundai finished second only to Adidas for the most popular brand on Twitter. Partnering with Tumblr, we created 170 pieces of art for fans on our 'becausefutbol' page leading to a 300% increase in brand impression and Hyundai’s highest July sales ever.

He also creative-directed Hyundai’s branded partnership with TNT’s Inside The NBA, moving the partnership from product placement to social engagement with Kenny, trending on Twitter the night it aired.

He's judged The 2015 One Show for Branded Entertainment and The New York Festival 2015 for Branded Entertainment, and was also a panelist at the 2014 4As Conference, discussing Branded Content and its future in advertising.

Recent awards include 2 Bronze Pencils for Hyundai's The Walking Dead partnership, as well as: a Silver Effie, 2 Cannes Shortlists and Webby Award for Integrated Mobile Experience.

United States

Laurel Stark

Creative Director, The Sims franchise

Laurel Stark is a creative director and change-maker who straddles brand, experience, and product. She has worked for agencies, in-house teams like the Google Brand Studio and Intel's Agency Inside, global architecture firms like Gensler, and one of the biggest DEI firms in advertising (the 3% Movement).

She has won multiple international awards for her work for clients like Google and Avon but also does a ton of work off the clock to make the industry more equitable, representative, and fair. She's the co-founder of The One Club's Next Creative Leaders competition, which shines a light on up-and-coming women and non-binary talent that's changing the work and the world for the better.

For Mental Health Month, She launched Our Silent Partner, a crowd-sourced reflection on mental health aimed at getting creatives to break their silence on their struggles. Her LGBTQ+ work for Google was named a World-Changing Idea by Fast Company and a jury of her peers recently named her a Pitch 100 Superwoman for the work she does to make the industry great.


Fizza Shah

Creative Director, IAL Saatchi & Saatchi

Passionate about her work, Fizza is a hard-working individual who has been part of the Creative team at IAL Saatchi & Saatchi since 2014 and is now working as a Creative Director on multiple brands. She is known to bring out-of-the-box ideas to the table and has developed creative concepts for many of Pakistan's leading brands like Tapal, National Foods, Continental Biscuits, and Dalda Foods to name a few. Her campaign to reposition the classified section of Jang newspaper won a PAS Award in the year 2017 and the overall image of the newspaper got a facelift in today's digital-savvy world. She is fascinated by hot air balloons and has a large collection of unused notebooks.

United States

Sinan Dagli

Executive Creative Director, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners

Sinan is the Executive Creative Director/Partner at Sausalito-based, full-service agency, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP). Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, Sinan has worked with the world’s top brands and athletes producing culturally relevant work that has been lauded by industry awards time and again.

Throughout his career, Sinan has written poems for LeBron James with 2Chainz, Rapsody and Jurreau, welcomed the next generation with Anthony Davis and Zion, trash-talked with Kevin Garnett and Michael Rapaport for NBA2K, rapped with CHIKA for ESPN, defied Labels and stereotypes with Serena Williams, Abby Wambach and Harvey Keitel for MINI Cooper on Super Bowl 50, delivered 1.4MM meals in partnership with Feeding America and launched MINI's Rio Olympics campaign with Team USA, gotten into a swordfight with Aaron Eckhart, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Fan Bing Bing for Evony on Super Bowl 51, helped Ryan Lochte make a clean start for PowerBar. He's called all drivers for Uber, negotiated deals with William Shatner for Priceline, and executed Columbia Sportswear's biggest digital campaign for its Omni-Heat technology release.

Sinan's work has been recognized at The One Show, Art Director's Club, The Clios, Communication Arts, Effies, Graphis, Addys, 4A's, and AAF. Most recently, Sinan has been chosen as one of Adweek's Top 100 Creatives and by MediaCat (Turkey's AdAge) as one of the top 50 creatives. Additionally, Sinan has served on the juries for the Clios Sports Awards and the Effies North America.


Masanori Eto

Creative Director, ADBRAIN Inc.

In 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 a Board member of Japan Package Design Association (JPDA). He is the Director of Public Relations, 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).

United Kingdom

Greg Wixted

Chief Amazement Officer, Global iLabs Ltd

Greg is a dynamic and committed, innovation and creative entrepreneur with 25 years of experience. He has been a board director at two of the world’s leading creative agencies, he is a trained advertising planner. In 2010 he founded Xpert, a London-based creative innovation agency with 3 offices. He has also founded 4 start-ups including; a Tech start-up, an artisanal Ketchup brand, a boutique resort brand and Crypto Insurance company in the USA and in 2018, opened Xpert Sports, a decided sports innovation business in the Middle East.

He has won over 40 awards for his work and is a recognized speaker on a wide range of subjects from innovation to tech-ups to future consumer trends across many sectors.

He is a visiting co-professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina in in London and he is a mentor at the International School for Creative Art. He is a member of the jury at several global creativity festivals and awards. Over the years he has developed marketing, brand, digital and innovation strategies for clients including; Orange, Diageo, Tesco, DFE, Mars, Sanrio, Sky, Dell, Hearst, Hachette, Famous Grouse, Zahid Group, Lexis Neixis, Bakkavor, Starbucks and Amex just to name a few.


Birger Linke

Group Creative Director, DMG / Hylink

With two decades in the industry, Birger has worked on both, agency and clients' side, as a creative and marketeer for Peter Schmidt Group, Springer & Jacoby, Saatchi & Saatchi, JWT, Leo Burnett, BBDO Interone, DMG, set up TBWAVietnam, is a partner in two startups, and currently the Global Group Creative Director at MindChamps - the company leading the revolution in education.

Working across disciplines, incl. advertising, digital, and (interior) design, Birger has won more than 120 national and international awards, incl. Gold at Cannes, the first-ever D&AD for Vietnam, was named most awarded DM creative in Asia, "hottest" creative in Vietnam, and ranked in the Top 100 of “Hottest Creatives in Asia”.

Birger's “TransMariner” campaign for the Republic of Singapore Navy was ranked No.4 in the world (Won Report), his Coke "Olympic Beat" campaign garnered 400 Million views within the first month on air. He created the world's first WeChat ad for BMW, helped make Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore the most awarded direct marketing agency in the world, and TBWAVietnam the most awarded agency in the country.

Birger became a member of the advisory council of the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City.

Birger is a member of D&AD and The Design Society. He was a judge at London International, New York Festival, Adfest, Award, Young Guns, Pinasthika, AdStars, Golden Bell, Vega Digital Awards, Chillies and Creative Circle Awards.

In his free time, Birger lectures and speaks across Asia on marketing and advertising, and works on design projects. He holds a Private Pilot License.

United States

Evan Jones

Director, Brand Design & Marketing, Meta Financial Technologies, Meta

Evan Jones is a creative director with over 12 years of experience creating award-winning work for some of the world's most recognized brands. He has worked at leading agencies across two continents including DDB, Tribal, Blast Radius, Huge and Elephant.

With one foot in integrated campaign work and the other in platform-based design, he has lead teams to create purposeful brand experiences that people want to be a part of.

Throughout his career, Evan has been recognized by nearly every major creative award show with highlights including Cannes Lions, The One Show and D&AD pencils.

United States

Jenn Szekely

Managing Partner, USA, Coley Porter Bell

Jenn leads Coley Porter Bell’s US business, based in New York and is a member of the Coley Porter Bell Board. She brings over 20 years of B2C and B2B branding and marketing experience across a variety of industries, including retail, technology, hospitality, FMCG, nonprofit, manufacturing and healthcare.

Prior to joining Coley Porter Bell, Jenn was Executive Director, Marketing & New Business for FutureBrand where she led the marketing and new business team in North America. As part of her role, she helped expand the business to the West Coast and worked with clients such as Cisco, Peloton, Honeywell, Tupperware, Hard Rock International, Microsoft and Forever 21.

Previously, Jenn was Senior Vice President at Siegel+Gale, working in both New York and London with clients such as PepsiCo, Target, Carter’s, J.Crew, Choice Hotels, Procter & Gamble, Sony, and Seamless GrubHub. A highlight of her time at Siegel+Gale was working on the branding of Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company, Blue Origin, where she had the opportunity to work with the Bezos family and learn about the amazing world of space travel.

Jenn’s experience spans a variety of strategic and creative initiatives, from brand strategy, brand architecture and naming to creative executions including, visual identity, packaging, digital and trade show experience to hotel and retail interior design.

Jenn has been a judge at the North American Transform Awards and before her career in branding, she ran her own company, which included two retail stores in Boston, Massachusetts, specializing in fashion, art, antiques and design that won numerous awards and received critical acclaim in national newspapers, magazines, books and television.


Alejandro Calero

Chief Innovation Officer, ONU / UN WOMEN

Alejandro Calero graduated in advertising and marketing at FADP - Colombia. He was the Executive Creative Director at MULLEN LOWE, McCANN, and SANCHO BBDO, and is currently a consultant in Innovation and Communications for the United Nations UN Women.

He has led multidisciplinary processes and teams for brands such as Coca Cola, Alpina (Alpinito, Boggy, Alpin) Renault, Unilever (Rexona), Tigo, Avianca, Bayer (Alka Seltzer, Aspirin 100, Apronax, Tabcin) Mercedes-Benz, Sony, Pernod Ricard (Chivas Regal - Absolut Vodka), Movistar, United Nations (UNHCR, UN Women, UN verification mission), AV Villas and Mercado Libre.

He has obtained mentions and awards at festivals such as El Ojo de Iberoamérica, New York Festival, FIAP, LUX, Cannes Lions, EFFIE Colombia, and EFFIE LATAM, where it has been the main protagonist in the appointments of Sancho BBDO as the most effective agency in the world for 5 years.

United Kingdom

John McPartland

Creative Director - Health, The Leith Agency

John is a Creative Director with a background in Design & Art Direction.

Having worked in healthcare for over a decade, he has seen a huge transformation within the industry and has picked up multiple awards along the way, including D&AD, Lion’s, Clio’s, LIA’s and in 2019 was the winner of Cannes Young Lions UK.

John is passionate about how we move the healthcare industry forward, always looking for the problems that people face everyday and how we can use creativity to solve them. With a special desire to see craft elevated at every opportunity.

United States

Juan Luque

Founder, 3DUS

Juan Luque has worked in the architecture, art and branding industry since 1996, providing services to a broad array of industries including entertainment, hospitality, residential and luxury retail. As a Founding Principal of 3DUS and Graff3D, Juan leads both 3d studios and oversees workflows between clients and production teams.

United States

Min Lu

Marketing Manager, Facebook

Min Lu is a New York-based award-winning artist who has been creating a variety of art forms throughout her life including graphic design, painting, and drawing. She is the jury member of the International Creative Design Awards, member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), International Association of Designers, International Association of Designers, and International Association of Designers. Her works have garnered recognition internationally, including prestigious international design and creative awards like A’ Design Award, German Design Award, American Package Design Awards, AppliedArts Design Awards and etc. Her work has exhibited globally including United States, China, Italy, Korea, Israel, Taiwan, etc. Her artworks also published in various social and traditional media include GDUSA Awards Annuals, Art Reveal Magazine, Created magazine, Apero Catalogue and etc.

Min is a conceptually driven graphic designer whose work is inspired by her dreams and emotional states, which she abstracts into a subjective viewing experience by emphasizing line, color, and form. She devoted her time in exploring the connection between the traditional Asian art and western modern art. By blending the Eastern and Western techniques and aesthetics together, new connections can be made and an enhanced appreciation or awareness can be achieved. When creating her work, she uses various mediums including mixed media and a combination of digital imaging and graphic design.

Working at a global leading social media publisher, Min unreservedly believes that creativity is what drives innovation and helps brands tell the stories of tomorrow to the right people at the right time. Her mission is to inspire, provoke and serve the very industry that enables brands to connect to the people they care about while growing their business in a creative way. She has deep knowledge in creative strategy and best practices, media/marketing strategy execution, planning, and implementation of campaigns to deliver against Key Performance Indicators.

Min has created successful initiatives for international brands such as NBC Universal, Goldman Sachs, Comcast, Charter Communications, Cox, Discovery Financial Services, etc. She works directly with clients to leverage concept and creative ideas in order to create meaningful experiences designed that inspire and improve advertising/marketing performance. With a focus on creative design and achieving business advertising outcomes, her goal is to create work that is not only beautiful to look at but produces the results a client needs.


Alexandre de Mello Collares

Creative Art Director, Ogilvy Australia

Alexandre de Mello Collares is a Brazilian art director based in Sydney and an Australian permanent resident.

He's been working in advertising for over 10 years in big and medium-sized agencies such as DDB, McCann, Geometry Global, and Fox Sports, among others. During this time he's worked for clients like KFC, Pizza Hut, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Fox Sports, SC Johnson, Westpac and many others, learning and sharing experiences with lots of incredible people.

Alexandre is always focused and self-motivated, either working independently or collaborating with a team. Passionate about conceptual ideas and crafted execution, he believes his best project is yet to come.

United States

Eduardo Gomes

Senior Art Designer/Art Director, Publicis NYC

Eduardo Gomes is a hands-on Art Director and Visual Designer from Rio de Janeiro-Brazil. He lives in NYC and is currently working as a Senior Art Director at Publicis-NY.

He's passionate about craft and that’s the driving force behind his work. As a multidisciplinary creative, he's happy working with Art Direction, Visual Design, UI/UX, and Branding.

He's helped great brands like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Heineken, City, Cadillac, Walmart, Oracle, Anderson Silva, MAM-RJ, to name a few, and his work was recognized by major awards shows like One Show, ADC, Cannes Lion, AICP, FIP, Ampro and Colunistas.

United States

Boris Labourguigne

Co Founder, Left

Boris Labourguigne is the co-founder & president of Left, a full-service creative production company with offices in Los Angeles, Paris, and London. Boris began his career in France, in the late 2000s with the creation of 3èmegauche, a YouTube channel dedicated to acoustic live performances & interviews with major music artists. over a 7-year span, Boris went on to create more than 600 videos with 500 artists. he met in 2012 his eventual business partner Augustin de Belloy.

The two shared a mutual frustration with the current state of the video production industry, and the outdated barriers of entry. So together they founded left with the common goal of liberating creativity in the industry, and more specifically, developing a place where talents can fully express themselves with autonomy and support.

Since then, left has gone on to work with major brands like; Adidas, Nike, Cartier, LVMH, & eBay, as well as international artists; Megan Thee Stallion, Diplo, Saweetie, Christina Aguilera, Gary Clark Jr, & L'impératrice just to name just a few. and through it all, Boris's focus has remained the same - to support artists doing what they do best: create.


Martin Ng

Creative Director, Magna Digital

Martin Ng is currently working with Magna Digital as Creative Director. Over the years, he has been part of different international agencies, such as BBDO (Associate Creative Director) and OgilvyOne (Creative Group Head), producing digital solutions for clients including McDonald's, Carlsberg, AIA, Petronas, etc. He has a proven record developing digital products and marketing campaigns for the world's most recognized brands. He is also a leader in concept and strategy development for complex interactive initiatives.

United States

Eric Ortiz

Creative Director, O2 Advertising

Eric is a senior marketing creative with over 25 years of experience in building campaigns for digital and traditional advertising channels – with extensive work in healthcare, insurance, and food industries. His ability to develop and move creative concepts forward has earned him industry recognition and international awards for exceptional work. Eric is the founder of O2 Advertising, a boutique advertising, and marketing studio focused on bringing client insights and strategies to life while maximizing impact and ROI. He is passionate about blending traditional principles with digital experiences and committed to staying at the forefront of the latest trends and emerging technologies.


Lucho González

General Creative Director, Avión de Papel

Lucho is a Publicist, Bachelor in Comunication, postgraduate in Marketing and strategy. With 15 years of experience in the advertising industry both in Chile and Argentina, he is the founder and Creative Director of Avión de Papel and a member of the Board of Directors of ACAP (Association of Advertising Agencies of Córdoba).

Lucho has also been a member of the jury in national and international prestigious advertising festivals: New York Festivals Advertising Awards, The Lisbon International Advertising Festival, El Ojo de Iberoamérica, Premios CLAP, FePI Festival, Premios Jerry Goldenberg, Premios Obrar – Consejo Publicitario Argentino, Lápiz de Oro y Lápiz de Platino.

As Creative Director of Avión de Papel, Lucho has lead his independent agency to win awards, such as “Agency of the year” by Infonegocios twice and Top iberoamericano FICE once, and also numerous awards in advertising festivals: New York Festivals Bowery Awards, WINA (World Independent Advertising Awards), FICE (Iberoamerican Festival of Creativity and Strategy), CLAP (Internationals Awards of Design) EIKON (Awards for Excellence in Institutional Communication) FEPI (International Festival of Independent Advertising).

He has conceived iconic campaigns that have been exposed multiple times in media, even during COVID-19 in a specific gallery that highlights the creativity of the industry during this context, the “Creative Gallery” at Advertising Week JAPAC at New York.

United States

Takae Takahashi

SVP Associate Creative Director, Havas Health and You

Takae Takahashi is a Brazilian-Born Japanese Creative Art Director originally from Sao Paulo and based in New York City. With over a decade of experience working in the creative industry, she has won awards including Cannes Lions, One Show, among others.

Her most notable awards include winning the first Innovation Health Hackathon at Cannes Lions Festival and helping one of her former agencies win the “Best Healthcare Agency in Latin America” according to the Cannes Creativity Report.

United States

Soham Chatterjee

Global Associate Creative Director, WhatsApp - Creative X at Facebook

Soham was born in Calcutta, raised in Bombay, India. He is an alumnus of Miami Ad School, where he was declared as the most awarded advertising student in the world with over 120 national and international awards including multiple Golds at major shows.

Soham has worked in India, Miami, NYC and currently is a Global Creative at WhatsApp - Creative X at Facebook. He also works with Human Rights Foundation as a Creative Director. Soham has picked up plenty of metals at Cannes Lions, Cannes Lions Health, The One Show, Cannes Lions, Cannes Lions Health, D&AD, ADC Young Guns, ADC, The Andys, LIA, Facebook Global Awards, Epica Awards, etc. His work has been featured in top publications across the world and was even a part of the Tate Curated Exhibition He has served as a jury at The One Show, One Show Young Ones, Cannes Young Lions, ADC, Webby Awards, AdStars, Creativity International and the New York Festivals.

He has been a guest faculty/speaker and instructor at Miami Ad School, Miami, NYC, Mumbai, Portfolio Center, Atlanta, and currently teaches at Miami Ad School San Francisco. He often speaks at advertising conferences and educational institutions.

Soham has been named as one of the 30 under 30 most creative people in advertising by Business Insider. Twice!

United States

Imelda Suriato

VP, Brand & Creative Services, PubMatic, Inc.

Imelda Suriato is an award-winning creative visionary and strategist based in New York. She has developed creative solutions for global brands such as Verizon, Coca-Cola, Lexus, Revlon, Max Mara, and Pantone. Imelda is dedicated to fueling innovation, uncovering insights, and advancing B2B and B2C brands through user-centric, responsive solutions. Born and raised in Jakarta, she currently leads the creative operations for PubMatic (Nasdaq: PUBM), from global campaigns, to regional activations and branding for its 18 offices.


Muggie Ramadani

Creative Director, Partner, Bold Scandinavia

Muggie Ramadani is synonymous with Scandinavian design. His portfolio speaks for itself and is a personal testament to over 25 years of design dedication to simplicity and functionality.

In November 2014, he founded the Danish office of Bold Scandinavia located in the heart of Copenhagen. The agency is a part The North Alliance together with the most profiled agencies in Scandinavia.

Bold Scandinavia is a strategic design agency with offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo and work with Scandinavia's largest and most recognized brands such as SAS, IKEA, Danske Bank, CODAN, Telenor and Arla Foods. Today, only five years after Bold was created, the agency has grown to 60 employees.

Prior to joining Bold Scandinavia, Muggie Ramadani was hired as Creative Director to start up the Danish office of Scandinavian Design Group together with McCann Worldgroup - one of the largest design agencies in Scandinavia.

His international experience is more than extensive - creating identities all over the world in all kind of cultures for brands that really move people. His focus is to create pure expressions and always inspire. He also strongly believes that design craftsmanship is the most important parameter to differentiate and move brands forward.


Angel Iskrev

Creative Director, proof.

Angel Iskrev is the Creative Director at proof. (an independent creative agency based in Sofia, Bulgaria). He has more than eight years of experience in advertising, some of which he spends as a creative director at DDB Sofia.

His work for brands such as Telenor Hungary&Bulgaria, Carlsberg Bulgaria, TELUS International Europe, McDonald's, Somersby, to name a few, and has received more than 120 awards at national and international festivals.

His new-formed agency proof. won digital agency of the year at IAB MiXX Awards 2018 and 2020. This year, the agency won Gold at IAB MiXX Europe thus becoming the first Bulgarian agency to achieve this milestone. proof.’s work was recognized at ad festivals such as White Square, Ad Stars, Cresta Awards, Lisbon Ad Fest, IAB MiXX Awards.

Angel has been chairman of the creative jury at IAB MiXX Bulgaria for 2017, 2018, and 2020, a jury member at IAB MiXX Europe 2020, and many national festivals. Angel is also an IAB Bulgaria board member and visiting lecturer at New Bulgarian University and in his spare time, he is а sports commentator at Eurosport — having 5 Olympic Games behind his commentating back.


Felipe Paganoti

Art Director, VML Y&R São Paulo

Felipe Paganoti is an art director from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He's worked in many agencies in Brazil over the past 10 years, such as Mullen Lowe, Artplan, Havas, Agência3, and many more. He's also the former Vice President at Rio de Janeiro Creative Club.


Levente Kovacs

Chief Creative Officer, White Rabbit Budapest

Levente co-founded his Hungary-based indie agency 14 years ago after stints at HKB Bozell and JWT Budapest, moving from junior copywriter to being CCO at White Rabbit Budapest.

He is a strategic thinker and a problem solver, who has developed strong and compelling brand narratives for clients such as: Heineken, Shell, KitKat, Vodafone, WWF. His work has been recognized at multiple shows including Cannes, D&AD, LIA, NYF, Webby; he's also been honored to judge many of the industry's major contests from Young Guns to Cannes Lions.

During his career, he's achieved several 'firsts' for the Hungarian industry – including the first Hungarian piece of work to make the cover of Luerzer's Archive and winning the country's first Platina Effie for long-term effectiveness. Nowadays White Rabbit Budapest is the most awarded, internationally most acclaimed creative agency of Hungary.

While helping brands and businesses embrace purpose-driven strategies and ideas, he's a keen advocate of raising creative standards and nurture talented individuals. A guest lecturer at the Budapest Business University, he also runs a blog about advertising history (Advertising Chronicles) and translates marketing and advertising books into Hungarian.


Bob van de Gronde

Co-founder & Film director, Eyeforce

As one of the founders of Eyeforce and a guy who doesn’t need much sleep, Bob is a fundamental part of the team. Over the past ten years, Bob has proven to be an energetic director who always challenges himself, his team, and his clients creatively. His work often revolves around inspiring characters and transformational narratives and he has a great affinity with sports. He doesn’t care too much about phrases like ‘impossible’, or ‘difficult’. If you envision something spectacular, Bob is first in line to make it bigger and make it happen. And with over a decade of experience in creating, writing, and shooting films, commercials, extreme sports tv-programs, and online series, he knows his stuff well.

United Kingdom

Samantha Fay

Head Of Strategic Planning, Rank Interactive

Sam was responsible for Guinness World Records' global brand strategy, new product development, strategic partnerships and also heads up the innovation division, The Records Lab. She developed 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 favorite 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 NYX Awards, European Sponsorship Awards, UK Public Service Sector Awards, PR Moment Awards, Creativepool Awards and the Brand Film Festival.

United States

Stephen Brett

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, 500 Designs and Design Force

With more than 20 years of experience, Stephen has made a name as the go-to guy for digital strategy and online business development. As the co-founder of the award-winning design agency 500 Designs and sister company, Design Force, he has led strategy and design projects for Google, Cisco, 3M, Tik-Tok, HubSpot, Fresh Del Monte, KBS, Cantor Fitzgerald, and over 150 start-ups. Specializing as a business designer, he has innovated new business models interweaved with a sticky user experience to create compelling applications enjoyed by millions of people worldwide.

He led 500 Designs to be one of the fastest growing companies in the United States, ranking 426th on the Inc. 5000 list overall and 33rd in the Advertising & Marketing category.

Throughout his career, he has acquired a broad knowledge of business strategy and is vastly experienced in leading teams to success. As CEO of 500 Designs, he leads a 120+ person team across strategy, design, engineering, operations, sales, and marketing.



Creative Director, ECUST | Creplus Design

Hao Shan graduated from National Higher College of Fine Arts in Limoges, France, obtained DNSEP (diplôme national supérieur d'expression plastique). He served as Art Director of Publicis Conseil in Paris and Visual design Director of THOMSON Group’s headquarter in Paris. He returned to China in 2009 and founded Creplus Design studio in the same year.

Currently, he serve as the Director of the Department of Visual Communication, School of Art Design&Media, East China University of Science and Technology. He is also a visual design project evaluation expert of the Shanghai Municipal Government, a jury member at A' design award & competition. With oriental and western design art education background, years of design and management experience in French international first-class design corporations, rich experience in international brand design projects, such as L'oreal, Garnier, Nike, SFR, Dassault, Renault, Citroen, Clubmed, Nestlé, PMU, Disney, Banque of Communication, etc, the works he designed have won the Gold Award in Graphis International Advertising Design Competition, How International Design Awards, Platinum Award in MUSE Creative Awards, Award of Excellence in 2019 Communication Art Competition, Silver Award of “Corel” European Youth Image Design Competition, ChinaStar Design Award, etc.

His works have been published in professional magazines such as Graphis, Etapes, HOW, The Best of Design, New Graphic, Packaging and Design, Idea & Design, etc. Hao Shan has also been invited to serve as the design review in several important events and projects, such as Visual design of Shanghai International Film &TV Festival, Brand design of Shanghai World Expo Museum, International Tourism Image design of Shanghai, and Visual design of Shanghai Lawrence International Sports Award.

Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Ken Ip

Chairman, Asia MarTech Society

Ken Ip is an award-winning marketing and brand communications strategist who has worked with leading multinationals and conglomerates in a variety of senior capacities ranging from corporate consultancy to public affairs advising. Currently the Assistant General Manager and Group Head of Marketing at B.S.C. Group, where he is in charge of marketing, engineering, design, construction, wholesale, and retail businesses, which include over 200 lifestyle brands.

An active keynote speaker, columnist, and associate professor, Ken is a regular contributor on topics in MarTech, Branding, Real Estate, and e-Commerce. He is also the author of two best-selling titles, “Life Hacks” and “Growth Hacks”. Ken is presently the Chairman of the Asia MarTech Society and serves on the Board of Advisors for several marketing organizations, advising on industry growth problems.

United States

Kushal Birari

Creative Art Director, Mother New York

Born and brought up in Nasik, India today Kushal has worked in five major cities across three different continents. Through his Art Direction & Design, he has influenced multiple International brands such as OREO, MINI Cooper, Make in India, FIFA, Bosch, Instagram and others. His recent trending work on OREO pride campaign has resonated with different people from different communities across the globe. His work has received over 100+ National and International recognition and has won several accolades including Cannes, The One Show, Clio, D&AD, Webby, Effie, Art Directors Club Global, Art Directors Club Germany to name a few.

United States

Alexandre Kazuo Kubo

Associate Creative Director, McCann NY

Alexandre Kazuo Kubo is a craft-obsessed, design-based and conceptual thinker kind of creative art director. He has been working on advertising, design, and art directions since 2004, and spent most of those years in Brazil, while recently moved to the US in 2021.

Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to contribute to global brands such as Stella Artois, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, BMW, Peugeot, Citroën, Gatorade, Puma, and ESPN. Furthermore, he was recognized in some of the most important Festivals in the world, like Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, ADC, Clio, among others.


Pancho Gonzalez

Chief Creative Officer, Inbrax

Pancho González studied advertising at the Universidad de Santiago in Chile and MBA at the Berlin School in Steinbeis University, Germany. He has worked in the best Chilean advertising agencies and currently is Chief Creative Officer at Inbrax Chile; Director at Achap (Chilean Advertising Association) and Director & VP at IAB Chile.

He has been a judge at major worldwide advertising festivals, including The New York Festivals, Art Director's Club, LIAA, Mobius, Webbys Awards, Ad Stars, PIAF Awards, Grand Jury at Cresta, FIAP, FICE, Effie Awards, Golden Awards of Montreaux, Cristal Festival, Eagle Awards, El Ojo de Iberoamerica and Achap (Chile), among many others and was the first Chilean to chair the jury of AME Awards in New York and teaching at Miami Ad School. He has been a speaker in Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Mexico, Germany, United States, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Czech Republic, and Chile.

More than 100 national and international recognitions (Cannes, ADC's, New York Festivals, FIAP, Ojo de Iberoamerica, Effie, Grand Effie, Grand Prix FICE, Young Guns, Epica Awards, Cristal Festival, Creativity, Young Creatives One Show, Cresta Awards, Graphis, Eagle, AdStar, IAB, WINA Awards, Achap, Archive, Creativepool, The Indie Summit Awards, Creativepool, FICE, Fepi, Eagle Awards, Summit Creative Awards, A’Design Awards, Never Zapping Festival). Recently nominated in the Top 25 Worldwide CCO and Worldwide Top 100 Influencer by Creativepool 2017- 2018, London; Adlatina ranked his agency Chilean Top Ten at Crema 2014 and it was located at 7th place in WINA Festival 2016; Top One Creative Director, Top 10 ECD and Top 10 Creative Agency at Bestadsontv.com 2017; Top one worldwide CCO jury at TheNextGag 2017 and nominated MKTG BEST 2018 as Chief Creative Director in Chile. Throughout his career, he had worked for local and global brands and is happily married to Carolina whom he has a son called Caetano.

What happened in 2018?

First Chilean to be a jury at the World Media Awards (England), and also jury at Muse Awards (Germany), Mobile Web Awards (USA), Webby Awards (USA), Cresta Awards Grand Jury (USA), Lisbon International Advertising Awards (Lisbon), Web Awards (USA), W3 Awards (USA), The Indie Awards (England), Summit International Awards (USA), Golden Awards of Montreaux (Switzerland) and The Communicator Awards (USA); speaker at Academia Achap “Content Marketing” (Chile), Universidad Autónoma (Chile), Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile); and Global Trend Awards Panelist (Germany); shortlisted Small Agency of the year at Creativepool, In Book Top 200 Best Digital Arts at Luerzer’s Archive and Best of Show Summit Creative Award.

United States

Betsy Jemas

Executive Creative Director, Organic

Betsy Jemas is ECD at Organic in New York. Betsy has been creative directing since she was 4 years old. Now, as Executive Creative Director of Organic’s New York office, she leads the New York creative team by focusing on future-proofing brands through digital transformation rooted in human emotion, storytelling, and culture.

United States

Mohamed DiaaEldin Osman

Group Creative Director, Ogilvy NY

Mohamed DiaaEldin Osman is an Egyptian/Dutch creative that has been lucky enough to get deeper understanding of how true creativity surpasses any language and culture. He first started at JWT Cairo, Egypt in 2006, all the way to Wieden+ Kennedy Amsterdam and now Ogilvy NY. His proudest piece was for Nike Women Middle East "What Will They Say About you?" - not because it won a lot but because for a short but significant moment - it blew up Arab Twitter and started a conversation. A conversation that was picked up by CNN, Reuters and NPR to name a few.

United States

Emaneul Kapp

Director of Media, Stewards of Wildlife

Growing up in northern of South Africa on a farm, Emaneul has always had an immense love and respect for wildlife. During the past 8 years, his love for conservation has been unmistakable in everything he does. Recently, joining Stewards of Wildlife Conservation (SWC) as their Director of Operations, it has blossomed into a passion, growing with each new project. SWC has given him the platform from which he can make a difference, with not just African animals, but species from all over the globe. Supporting both in-situ and ex-situ conservation it has allowed him to further his expertise in conservation and make a difference on both sides of the spectrum. Being involved in the everyday planning, organizing and operating of several different projects are both exciting and rewarding. His recent trip to South Africa was a huge success in documenting information for their Rhino Forever Project and has brought them closer to bringing Southern White Rhinos to Texas. He also has the privilege to work with like-minded individuals in the industry by attending tradeshows to promote and raise conservation dollars for both SWC and our conservation partners. He believes in what he does, and what they do as a team at SWC does make a difference, and the proof is evident in all his projects.


Fatima Ansari

Senior Creative Manager, BBDO Pakistan

Fatima joined BBDO Pakistan after graduating, as a creative on the PepsiCo. portfolio and since then she has time and again proven that age has nothing to do with experience.

Within two years' time, she has won over 50 international advertising awards for two of her most noteworthy campaigns done in collaboration with UN Women; Bridal Uniform and Stop Dowrymongering. These include one of the most coveted awards; Grand Prix for Good in the Glass category at Spikes Asia 2019 for Stop Dowrymongering campaign, Glass trophy at Spikes Asia 2018 (Award for Change) and Dubai Lynx 2019 for the Bridal Uniform campaign along with bagging three Cannes Lions in 2018 and 2019 for it as well.

She continues to win metal at every festival that her work is entered - Cannes Lion, Mena Cristals, D&AD, ADStars, Loeries, Spikes, LIA, White Square, Effie APAC and Lisbon International Advertising Festival are the festivals where her work has been awarded numerous times.

She has been recognized as the country’s youngest superstar by Branding in Asia magazine for their ‘One under 30’ feature. Amongst a group of other seasoned and more experienced creatives, she won a Bronze (Media category) as a Young Lynx participant in 2019. Adding to this, is her acting as the youngest juror on the panel of Mobius Awards in 2018 for TVC and Public Relations category.

She is also frequently invited by local universities to serve as a thesis jury. In a short 2-year span, she has gotten her name on the WARC Rankings list (#56 for Bridal Uniform) and gotten published in the Communication Arts Advertising and D&AD Annual.

United States

Samantha Dolin

Executive Creative Director, Klick Health

As an industry leader, Samantha Dolin comes to Klick Health most recently from Ogilvy Health, where she was Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of North America. Sam leads her team with a boundless passion, committed to effective, innovative, and purpose-led work. With a reputation for being a builder of remarkable teams, she consistently inspires her crew to go beyond and find the unexpected. Sam believes that deep insights and a strong strategic foundation are vital success factors to all creative endeavors because the power of communication and inspiration is the power to change people’s lives for the better.

Sam started her career creating meaningful experiences for brands like Nike, Intel, Hewlett Packard, and Adidas. As she moved into the health and wellness space, she fell in love with making compelling creative executions that can transform the people it touches. Her extensive pharmaceutical marketing background spans patient, professional, and the broader health and wellness and DTC arenas. Sam’s work has been launched in the U.S. and worldwide for first-in-class and blockbuster brands in countless categories spanning CNS, cardiovascular, infectious disease, diabetes, oncology, respiratory, vaccines, and more.


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.

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.

United States

Ken Nakagawa

Associate Creative Director | Creative Solutions, International Monetary Fund

Ken Nakagawa is a cr8tivator at the in-house Creative Solutions Division of the International Monetary Fund. He is committed to trend-setting creativity and cutting-edge technology to create multimedia design solutions that solve challenges. With 20+ years of in-house and design agency background and experience with some of the world’s major brands, he is committed to producing and directing thoughtful, high-impact design solutions, built on sophisticated typography, dynamic composition, and human-centered design.

He is currently co-leading the brand and design movement within the 75+-year-old organization and facing the challenges of a multi-national financial institution.

United Kingdom

Stuart Wood

Co-Founder, Missouri Creative

Stuart founded Missouri Creative in 2013 with his creative partner Paul Brennan. Stuart spearheads the strategic and creative teams with a focus on identity and communication. He has experience across categories and continents and has worked with brands as diverse as Adidas, Footlocker, and Asics to Marriott, PepsiCo, TUI, and Estée Lauder.

Over the past 7 years, Stuart has worked with many global drinks companies; Pernod Ricard, Beam Suntory, Carlsberg Group, this includes working on brands catering to audience from UHNWI to Premium, to youthful urbanites. Highlights include winning a Design Week Gold, winning The Drum Design Agency of the Year.


Janis Verzemnieks

Creative Director, Founder, Corebook

Janis started his career back in 2010 when founded a graphic design and music marketing studio. Forbes Magazine recognized Janis in its 30 Under 30 Latvia ranking in 2014. Later he joined pan-Baltic advertising agency HAVAS as a Creative Director and founded Latvian Sound Designers association LSDC in order to develop an audio branding industry.

Now as a Co-founder & Creative Director, Janis is building a startup called Corebook for the global branding industry by reimagining how brand guidelines are built and used. With Corebook product he is serving brand studios and agency networks like McCann, Mackey Saturday, NORD ID, Monday Creative, et.al., and brands like Vauxhall Motors, Monitor Audio, Kaltura, Soundboks, et.al.

United States

Lucas Ribeiro

Associate Creative Director, McCANN NY

Lucas Ribeiro is a Brazilian copywriter currently working as an Associate Creative Director. He has over 15 years of experience in advertising agencies and has worked for big clients, such as Budweiser, Stella Artois, Brahma Beer, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroen, Harley-Davidson, Kia, ESPN, Puma, among others.

United States

Quynh Mai

Founder and CEO, Moving Image & Content

Quynh Mai, Founder of Moving Image & Content, has a unique, strategic understanding of creating digital storytelling for the modern age – and how they can be organically interwoven with new technology and brand identities.

She’s been at the forefront of the merger of digital and traditional fashion and beauty advertising, working with the world’s top directors, artists, models, and celebrities in both business and creative fields. As senior vice-president of luxury agency Lipman, she helmed accounts like Burberry, David Yurman, BCBG, Diane von Furstenberg. Prior, she was an executive producer for Annie Leibovitz and an agent at Art Partner.

Having merged her traditional branding experience with the new media world of digital, she founded MI&C in 2010 bringing digital strategy and marketing to H&M, Express, Sephora, Aldo, Fendi, COTY, Bed Bath & Beyond and Ultra Music, amongst others. She has proudly led the company through 2 award-winning projects to date.

Quynh is an excellent judge because of her ability to see and apply digital as a crucial aspect of a holistic marketing program. Along with MI&C, she thinks about digital in a way that is distinctive from other digital agencies in that they truly believe every piece of content they create for different platforms or channels (OOH, social media, etc.) should be unique from each other, but should be synchronized to tell a cohesive story about the brand mean to foster personal relationships with consumers,

Quynh's work showcases her incomparable understanding of digital as she’s propelled clients into new frontiers (first facial mapping lens with Snapchat for H&M and first-ever global live stream for Kanye West). She understands that the goal for brands and their marketing programs is to ultimately become people-centric and audience-specific across all channels as part of larger-scale strategies to solve business problems and demonstrate how marketing across digital can drive ROI.

In addition, Quynh has experience judging (Effies) and understands how to apply criteria in a fair and unbiased manner to ensure that the best works of creativity are properly recognized.

United Kingdom

Ray Del Savio

Creative Director, VCCP NY

Del Savio’s illustrious career features many highlights, including winning a rare and coveted Titanium Cannes Lion for Prudential’s ‘Challenge Lab’. Along the way, there have been many big and small stops, from classic shops like BBDO and DDB to small boutiques like TAXI. The most recent stop was a nine-year stint at Droga5, starting as a Copywriter and rising to Executive Creative Director. Del Savio has handled some of the biggest brands in the US, such as Prudential, New Museum and Google and has countless creative awards to his name.

As the Executive Creative Director at VCCP NY, Del Savio looks after creative and design sectors for clients such as Whiteclaw, Soulcycle and T-Mobile Magenta. Most recently, Del Savio principally challenged the VCCP challenger attitude with his creative work for SoulCycle with the‘F#ck it, let’s ride’ campaign and his ‘Bring the Wave’ campaign for Whiteclaw.


Maria Afroditi Patsi

Founder, AdvAge Advertising & NFT Cube Agency

Maria Afroditi Patsi is an award-winning creative innovator, and is also the Founder of AdvAge Advertising & NFT Cube Agency, based in Athens, Greece. Maria's artworks have been published and exhibited globally in prestigious design museums and art galleries.

Currently, she works as an Augmented Reality Engineer for Meta and enjoys the ride for her PhD in Computational Science and Engineering at M.I.T.

She's a designer by day, developer by night; Poet by evening, marketer by noon.

United States

Jonathan Winbush

Motion Graphic/VR Artist, Winbush Immersive

Since 2006, Jonathan Winbush has been working in motion graphics on many high profile properties for studios such as Marvel, DC Comics, Warner Bros, Hasbro, Happy Madison, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and many more. In 2011 he was rated as one of the top 25 artists in Hollywood by Inferno development and went on to win many awards (Promax BDA, Bafta, Tellys, and Pixie awards). Jonathan's work has also been recognized in publications such as Advanced Photoshop Magazine, HDRI 3D Magazine, Computer Arts Magazine, and several Art Institute brochures. Over the past several years, Jonathan has also done public speaking engagements for the Art Institute, Siggraph, The Rant Room Podcast as well as put on free workshops for orphaned and homeless kids through the Create Now Foundation. In 2012, Jonathan moved to South Orange County to start his own boutique in motion graphics but also began to experiment with virtual reality after being invited by Oculus to check out their hardware in its early stages. Winbush.tv


Mel Hsieh

Creative 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 Arab Emirates

Shadi Al Hroub

Founder & CEO (Chief Creative), menamonsters

Shadi Al Hroub, an award-winning leader and creative director with over 16 years of experience and 9 years of research in branding, has been recognized by the international community for his outstanding achievements and has earned 29 international awards.

He had the privilege of working with some of the most innovative brands and organizations in the world including Leo Burnett, Hilton Worldwide, Jordan Aviation, Royal Falcon, Jordan Duty-Free, Samsung Electronics, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, G2000 AG (formerly G2000 Clothing Group), Hublot Watches and The One by Young Couture as well as various NGOs including UNRWA, International Trade Center (UN), Global Health Development and USAID.

Additionally, Shadi was the chair of a Media Awards Judging Committee related to Women in Business, and a team facilitator for the World Design Challenge on Sustainable Packaging that tackles UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, and a peer reviewer for the Journal for Artistic Research. Finally, he was a judge for the next creative leader of the USA 2021 by One Club for Creativity, and Biennial exhibition 2022.

United States

Mike McKay

Executive Creative Director, Eleven

Mike is an experienced judge and has been on the jury for D&AD, The Effies, The One Show, The Digiday Awards and The Mashies social media awards.

Mike McKay is the CCO at Eleven Inc., with over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry. His diverse portfolio includes work on brands such as Apple, Google, Netflix, Sony PlayStation, Comcast, HP, Budweiser, Häagen-Dazs, Oakley, Toyota, and Nissan.

Prior to Eleven, Mike was an ECD at Saatchi and Saatchi Los Angeles, BBDO and was also a creative director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. Not only has Mike won numerous Cannes Lions, One Show pencils, and D&AD Awards, his global campaign for HP— “The Computer Is Personal Again”—was named U.S. Campaign of the Year by Advertising Age and became a Harvard Business School case study. His Toyota “Swagger Wagon” video was named one of YouTube's Top 20 Advertisements of All Time.

His work has also been featured at TED, The Museum of Modern Art, Time Magazine top spots of the year, The USA Today’s Ad Meter top ten commercials of the Superbowl, and his Comcast “Rabbit” spot was named “The most awarded spot of the year” by Creativity.

Previous Positions Held: Executive Creative Director – BBDO Executive Creative Director – Saatchi & Saatchi Creative Director - Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Associate Creative Director – TBWA Chiat/Day

United States

Renato Barreto

Associate Creative Director, MullenLowe

Renato Barreto is an Integrated Associate Creative Director with 10+ years of experience in advertising. Today he's working at MullenLowe. Before MullenLowe, he has worked at DDB Brazil, Ogilvy&Mather, Talent/Marcel, and Dentsu.

In 2015, his work helped Ogilvy Brazil become the 3rd most awarded agency in Cannes Lions, scoring some points with a Promo Silver Lion and some shortlists in other categories. Also, Ogilvy Brazil ranked 1st in the Cannes Promo Lions Category according to Cannes Global Creativity Report.

Some brands he has worked with: UNICEF, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Kimberly Clark, Itaú Bank (the largest bank in Latin America), Nestlé, Toshiba, and many others.


Michał Dunin

CEO & Managing Director, WebTalk

Michał Dunin is an expert in digital marketing, social media and integrated marketing, with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is the founder of the WebTalk agency, one of the largest independent digital marketing agencies in Poland, that works on the CEE market. He was the winner of a prestigious business award in the "Marketing Executive of the Year" category. He is also a speaker at many industry conferences, as well as being a judge of the Business Awards, and a lecturer at the University of Warsaw. Besides that, he is also a Co-founder of several start-ups, including two watch brands, Błonie and Chopin Watches.


Carla Neves

Marketing Manager & Account Executive, M&A Creative Agency

Considering the large experience working in the industry, Carla Neve is a Marketing Manager and more recently as Account Executive, especially with a recognized know-how and expertise in packaging design for the wine and beverage sector. Carla Neves's Agency has been awarded several times in the past years, and she leads a multidisciplinary, highly experienced and responsive team.


Nikolina Popovic

Creative Director, Liwa Content. Driven.

Currently, Nikolina is a lecturer at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan and founder of Brain Propaganda, the agency that uses principles and tools of neuroscience in advertising.

She has built her career in some of the biggest networks like Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Grey, Havas.

Nikolina has been exposed to diverse cultures throughout her career – from China, Italy, Slovakia, to Ethiopia and then from the Horn of Africa to Qatar. She has been regularly recognized for her work, with accolades from several awards shows. She is also part of numerous jury panels.

United Kingdom

Anthony Jones

Creative Director, The Drawing Room

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 specializing in creating industry-class digital communications and user experiences.

Obsessive and passionate when it comes to quality and effectiveness, Anthony revels in molding 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 the world's most recognizable 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.


Jae Leong

Judging Committee Chairperson, International Awards Associate (IAA)

As the chairperson of IAA's extensive judging committee, Jae serves as a leader within the organization, spearheading efforts to ensure quality and creative excellence in key areas such as design, creative advertising, marketing communications, video production, and business. She is also a primary award representative at IAA and has successfully administered assessments throughout her career.

Jae places particular emphasis on coordinating strategic arrangements across diverse jury panels, establishing herself as one of the industry's finest. With a keen eye for management, Jae has executed her role meticulously, making sure that each entrant receives the evaluations they rightly deserve for their efforts. Moreover, her work with professionals worldwide has positioned her at the nexus of specialization, allowing her to develop top-notch communication and relationship management skills.


Leonardo Zakour

Co-Founder & CEO, Refokus

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

Karoline Gebrael

Digital Media Planner, RPA

Karoline Gebrael has been working with digital media per more than 15 years and has worked in the biggest agencies in Brazil, such as McCann Erickson, DM9DDB, Africa, for the biggest clients in the segment (finance: Itau Bank, beverage: Guarana Antarctica, fashion: C&A with Gisele Bundchen).

She has a creative vein in which wherever she works, her co-workers always give values to her insightful focus on being out of the box with consistent results. She also loves technology and innovation. She studied to be a filmmaker and finished her certification at UCLA in business and Management for Entertainment. Today, Karoline Gebrael works at Universal McCann for Sony Pictures.


Ronn Lee

Creative Director, BEAMY

Ronn is a multidisciplinary brand and design creative with over 20 years of industry experience – leading concept, branding, graphic design, interactive and product ideation projects across different industry sectors.

She is the Founding Partner and Creative Director of BEAMY, a branding and multi-disciplinary creative outfit headquartered in Shanghai, with offices in Singapore and New York.

A fearless pioneer, she moved from Singapore to Shanghai and eventually co-founded BEAMY, after discovering China’s burgeoning market potential for branding and creative services. Prior to Shanghai, Ronn worked as an Art Director in Tokyo. Her experience in Singapore, Japan and China has exposed her to vastly different working cultures, creative and design sensibilities.

Till date, Ronn’s works have garnered over 100 international design and creative awards. She is also on the jury panel alongside some of the industry’s greats in a number of international award shows.

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.

United States

Akiko Yamashita

Immersive Media Artist / Creative Director, VTProDesign

Yamashita has produced award-winning multimedia works that go beyond technical wizardry to achieve an extraordinary level of artistry that immerse audiences in transcendent and meditative 3D experiences that few, if any, multimedia designers working today can achieve. Hana Fubuki interactive flowers projection exhibited in the Main Gallery at Artechouse DC as a part of In Peaks Bloom in Washington, D.C. Artechouse commissioned Yamashita’s multimedia talents based on her international reputation for creating interactive artwork that provide a unique sense of well-being to audiences. As one of the original members of VTProDesign, she has worked with many brands such as Google, Netflix, Meta, Nike and RayBan to create never-seen before immersive brand activation throughout the world. Her works combine storytelling with technologies such as projection mapping, LED, robotics to interactive audio-visuals. In recognition of her high standing and significant contributions, Yamashita was recently featured in a short film made for Apple MacBookPro launch keynote presented by Tim Cook as one of “the new generation of makers” recognized for trailblazing innovations.


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.

United States

Miles McWilliam

Brand and Marketing Director, Freelance

Over the course of his career in creative, marketing and production, Miles has worked with a huge range of brands across B2C and B2B; from luxury homeware to globally renowned FMCG labels, culture-driving sportswear and automotive to become lifestyle icons.

His hybrid experience on leading creative and production agencies, while working directly for brands on strategic principles and communications has given him razor sharp understanding of the industry, as well as respect for the process and manner in which great ideas and content come to life.


Przemysław Puchalski

Creative Director, WebTalk

Przemysław has been working in the PR and advertising industries for nearly 15 years, including 8 years at WebTalk, where he oversees and manages the creative team, developing projects in areas such as UX & UI, AR, 3D, frontend and many others. He has also been a judge for Innovation-related awards worldwide, and at the same time, is an author of many viral creations (a.o for Disney, Disney+, Panasonic or Triumph for 30+ markets).


Donald Samson

Creative Director, ZA communication

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.

United States

Shangning Wang

Design Project Specialist at UNDP, (Former Visual Communication Design Specialist at UNICEF), United Nations Children's Fund

Shangning is a New York-based 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 2016-2018, Muse Creative Awards 2016-2019, COW International Design Festival: COW: ILLUSTRATION 2016, International Reggae Poster Contest 2016-2018, GlobalTrend Awards 2017-2019, 2rd International Poster Competition by Graphic Stories Cyprus, The Rookies International Design Awards, and etc.

In the past few years, he also received more than twenty global awards for his work. His works were exhibited in many cities around the world. His design works have been published in many design magazines and featured on more than thirty graphic design blogs. His work has currently been featured by the Adobe InDesign 2020 as the Splash Screen.

He always believes good design can save the world with passion, dream, and love!


Larry Lim

Motion Director, Anchor Agency Pte Ltd

Larry Lim is a Motion Director of Anchor Agency with over 7 years of experience in motion graphics, broadcast, production, branding & social platforms. Prior to the founding of Anchor Agency, Larry has been with Facebook, as well as multiple productions and post-production houses, hence expanding his expertise beyond just motion graphics but also how social media is able to integrate design into our daily lives.

With his strong interest in design & entrepreneurship, he decided to embark on a new journey by starting Anchor Agency to pursue his ambitions to new heights. Being the Motion Director of Anchor Agency, he has worked with established clients such as Meta, Zespri, TikTok, Singapore Tourism Board, Conde Nast - The New Yorker Lab, MSIG, and Benjamin Barker. On top of illustrated animation and motion graphic content that live in both 2D and 3D spaces, Anchor's works can be seen as constantly redefining the animation art form with experimentation on different media, such as digital stickers or augmented reality.

United States

Vitaliy Yakin

Creative Director, Art Director, Motion Graphic Designer, Vitaliy Yakin

Vitaliy Yakin has been working in the field of computer graphics and motion design for almost 15 years. During this time, He took part in many international projects, and in various international events as a speaker. He has teaching experience and has repeatedly been invited as an expert for the defense and certification of diplomas in an art college. His clients include: Apple, Microsoft, Logitech, SAMSUNG, different Car's Brands and IT Corporations. He has a huge experience working on TV, Music Shows and Cinematography. He is also part of the Jury Panel of international awards such as - PROMAX, Vega Digital Awards, NYX Awards, Media Brand, TEFI Award and others.


Michał Kaleta

Managing Director, endorfina events

Michał Kaleta has been associated with the industry for several years. Since 2016, he has been managing one of the largest event marketing agencies in Poland, repeatedly awarded in competitions for the event agency of the year, both locally and internationally. Besides working for the largest Polish and foreign brands, he has also completed projects in several European countries. According to Michał, events are a key element of the brand experience strategy and one of the most effective and innovative parts of marketing communications. He was also a member of the jury of the Effie Poland Awards, Innovation and Kreatura competitions, and a speaker at, among others, Business Without Limits Congress and Eventex Creative Week.


Daniel da Hora

Professor, Universidade Federal da Paraíba

Considered one of the most important Brazilian creatives of his generation, Daniel da Hora is a multi-awarded creative with 25 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) 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, El Ojo de Iberoamerica, among many others.

Named one of the "Ten most influential creatives in Brazil in 2009" by AdvertLatina. 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). Also, in 2022, he’s been ranked by Creativepool as the TOP 5 Chief Creative Officer of the world.


Felix Genzmer

Executive Creative Director Digital , DDB Voltage

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.


Shashwat Das

Founder Director, Almond Branding

Shashwat Das has a rare combination of business logic and creative flair. His strong foundation in Marketing coupled with a decade of experience leading Design agencies has given him the skillset to objectively judge a subjective piece of design or creative - being able to differentiate between what only looks good vs what works well for the consumer or TG or the market.

He has worked with established brands as well as startups across markets with enriched experience of creating brands, leading teams and growing businesses.

While on the journey of helping companies in launching new brands, revamping existing brands, defining categories and achieving business growth, he developed the expertise in Brand Creation, Positioning, Brand Architecture and Strategic Design Consultancy.

Being an alumnus of Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA), he possesses strong foundations in creative advertising, design, PR, an eye for good branded content and have kept himself abreast with the latest trends in this field through blogs, journals and events.

Shashwat Das is capable of judging not only traditional forms like print and films and photography but also newer media and social media campaigns.

United States

Dave Benton

Founder / Creative Director, Metajive

In 1995, curiosity has lead Dave Benton to create his first web page, in the summer of 2000 he fell head over heels in love with flash and the process of interactive production. He started freelancing before he graduated from college and each project lead to another exciting opportunity. Organically freelancing turned into founding and growing Metajive. Metajive has been his labor of love for the last decade and allowed the opportunity to build a company, grow a team and collaborate with some of the best brands and agencies in the world. This has allowed him the opportunity of creating everything from websites, apps and digital products to social campaigns and digital instilations. After all this time he is still in love with the process of interactive design.

United States

Shahen Markarian

Head of Design, SugaringNYC

Shahen Markarian is a seasoned product designer with over six years of experience in the digital product design industry. Throughout his career, he has worked with a diverse range of clients all over the world, including big companies such as Prepply and MantraDao, led the design team in Shanghai, created digital products that greatly contributed to the growth of the company. Currently serving as a team lead within the design department of a Florida-based company, Shahen has consistently demonstrated his expertise in leading teams to create highly innovative and usable digital products. He also contributes greatly as a judge at the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. Known for his ability to create enjoyable and user-centered designs, Shahen takes great pride in delivering visually appealing solutions that address the specific needs of his clients. He thrives on the challenge of crafting designs that strike a balance between aesthetics and functionality, resulting in highly usable and impactful digital products. With a commitment to staying current with industry trends and emerging design practices, Shahen continuously seeks opportunities for growth and learning. His dedication to producing innovative and user-centric designs has established him as a respected professional in the field. In summary, Shahen Markarian is a dedicated and results-driven product designer with a proven track record of creating highly usable and innovative digital products. His passion for design, coupled with his ability to understand and address client needs, sets him apart as a valuable asset in the industry.

United States

DJ Summitt

Director, Summitt FilmWorks

DJ Summitt is an award-winning Art Director 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, meticulous process, international experience, and a heaping dose of the x-factor to help his clients' projects and products leap out of the screen and into the audience's lifestyle.


Marshall Lorenzo

Creative Director, Tawdry

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.


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.


Elana Rudick

Founder, Creative Director, Design Is Yummy

Elana Rudick has been working as a professional in the creative industry for over a decade. In 2009, she founded DESIGN IS YUMMY, a full-service design studio operating in Montreal, Quebec that offers print and web design solutions. Their clean aesthetic has earned them international recognition. As a Creative Director of the small but mighty studio, she is well versed in providing professional critique. As a Creative Director, she has her hands in the design process daily which keeps her up to date on the latest print and web design trends. Through her role in staffing their team with Graphic Designers and Illustrators, she has reviewed hundreds of portfolios over the years. She is a judge for the Creativity International Awards and in various local portfolio reviews.


Augusto Correia

Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi MEA

Augusto Correia is a Creative Director, currently working at Saatchi & Saatchi MEA. He believes advertising has only 2 ways to be relevant: being useful or being entertaining. With that in mind he was lucky enough to earn over 380 awards through the years, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, New York Festivals, Webby Awards, FWA, Epica, El Ojo, Young Guns among others. He also holds a chair as a Miami Ad School mentor, teaching creativity and case video storytelling. His work had several social impacts. The “What Family Means” project managed to change the meaning of a word in a dictionary. “Priceless Pets” helped more than 500 animals to get adopted in a year and became a bill to change the law. In Artplan, the biggest indenpendent agency in Brazil, he was key to raising the "digital creative" perception from 46th in 2011 to 7th in 2012. He topped 1st place worldwide on Creative and Art Directors Rankings in Best Ads website for 2014 and was named "Newcomer of the Year" by Creative Pool for 2016.

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 was 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.


Liliana Farinha

COO, WYcreative

With more than 10 years of experience in digital marketing, Liliana closely follows social media and web advertising projects as well as the more complex websites regarding specifications and implementation, among other communication projects.

Her portfolio includes clients such as NOVO BANCO, REN, Minipreço, Pestana Group, FOX International Channels, The Navigator Company, Casa da Música, Honda, MSD, Zippy, NOWO, BFA, LACS, L'Oréal, Sogrape Vinhos, and Bayer, among others. Dedicated and passionate about the Web, project management and team management, she does not dispense with music and travel in her life.


Philipp Nottelmann

Brand Experience Director, Landor & Fitch

Philipp works as a brand experience director for the creative network of Landor. He brings knowledge from several areas, including digital, brand identity, concept and art direction, as well as interaction and installation. He has a strong cross-cultural competence combined with an interdisciplinary skill- and mindset. Overall he developed his solution orientated thinking.
He is keen to find solutions for regional and global key clients, corporations of all size and individuals. Philipp takes interest in the environment, new technologies, emergent futures and advocates circular economy and polymath working. Therefore he offers impactful ideas and design with values.

United States

Jennifer Anderson

Creative Director, Founder, Jennifer Lian Anderson

Jennifer Anderson is a mission-driven Creative Director with more than 15 years of experience. She comes with a female perspective that helps to round out otherwise male-dominated judging panels. She has led accounts ranging from financial to tech. Startup to non-profit. She's also a mother, a daughter, a wife, and a kick-ass businesswoman who has been building brand after brand with great success. Lastly, and the most important thing to her is that she finds it extremely important to lift people up. Recognition and celebration of a job well done has been her true north for how she lead teams, both her own creative teams and the teams that she builds with her clients. She tries to lead with kindness. With compassion.

United Kingdom

Gary Szabo

Chief Creative Officer, Tag

Starting out in the industry as a Colourist, Gary Szabo has been lucky enough to work on award-winning projects like Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ videos and Tango's famous 'You've Been Tango’ed' spots of the 90's. It was then that he realized he was involved in something that was having an impact and he has since risen to become CEO of international post and content production company Smoke & Mirrors, which boasts offices in London, Amsterdam, New York, Bangkok, and Shanghai.


Leandro Peixoto

Head Of Design, Remote

Leandro (aka Leopat Magnus) is an independent designer based in Lisbon. He's driven by creating unique, innovative and fun digital experiences. His skills include product design, interactive design, aesthetic art direction, prototyping, mobile design, branding, front-end development, and team leadership.

He's interested in clean aesthetics, minimalism, unusual typography, photography and simplistic UX solutions. He co-founded Infinit in 2007, a Brand & Digital Design atelier and has won multiple design awards, from the AWWWARDS, CSS Design Awards, CSSReel, Design Licks and was featured in several industry publications.

He also had the privilege of working with inspiring brands in the past few years like IHG, InterContinental, Marionete, Ndiscover, Growin, Scalla, Thinkwide, Versatiles, Portugal Waters, RealFevr, Way Beyond, FFYN, and so many others.

United States

Ali Jaffar

Chief Experience Officer, Key Medium

Ali is a professional with vast expertise in human-centered design, UX research and design, creative direction and production, web design and web development. He's also a social entrepreneur and founder of the award-winning digital agency Key Medium, which is based in Philadelphia. Ali has been building dazzling websites and creating amazing online experiences for more than a decade. His mastery of the latest innovations in web development results in world-class website experiences set apart by show-stopping style and seamless functionality. A Google Mobile Sites and Google Analytics qualified individual and award-winning web development guru, Ali lends his talents to build and bolster digital experiences for a wide array of clients like J&J, DonorPerfect, NJ Department of Agriculture, and more.

United States

Justin Ahrens

Chief Brand Officer, Rule29 Creative

With his extensive experience in the creative industry, Justin possesses a unique blend of talent, vision, and insight that would greatly benefit the judging panel. As the founder of Rule29 Creative and Chief Brand Officer of Marrow, he has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of design principles, innovation, and effective storytelling. Ahrens' ability to push boundaries while maintaining a strong focus on purpose and impact makes him an ideal candidate to evaluate and recognize outstanding design work. His commitment to social responsibility and his dedication to fostering collaboration within the creative community further solidify his suitability as a judge.


Romaicia Naser

Founder & Creative Director, Monarch Collective

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

Senior Director, Brand & Creative, Toast, Inc.

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

United States

Michael Tiedemann

Principal, Brand Marketing Director, M! Brand Consulting

Michael Tiedemann is a senior level creative executive with a rich history serving brand name clients. Fluent in all media, Michael believes that only deep customer insights can spark great creative. Michael helps his clients win by leading teams in "big idea" generation, creative strategy, customer insights, brand positioning and social media activations. He understands how to judge not just the creative expression of the idea---but perhaps more importantly - the strategic value of the work in solving the business problem at hand. This involves looking at the work in question and backing out the customer insight and matching it to a relevant brand message. "If you can't do that then I think you're looking at art, not advertising."

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

Natasha Mozz

Creative Director, Natasha Mozz

Natasha Mozz is an experienced graphic designer, creative director, with 20+ years of professional experience in branding and marketing. Among her clients are brands and agencies such as Droga5, BBDO, Adidas, PayPal, Under Armour, Lincoln Center, Facebook, Bayer, NYU Langone, Grayling, Nissan, Sequoia Capital, Buck, Royal Canin, Nissan, Ideas On Purpose, SpotCo, Method Studios, Sidewalk Labs, Vichy, Salt, Oscar Health, and Opendoor. Also, for a few years, she was teaching Typography and Concept Development at the British Higher School of Art & Design and she has a well-developed skillset for evaluating good design.


Jimmy Landaburu

Digital Creative Director, Ludikom

Throughout Jimmy Landaburu's 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. He worked as an intern in top agencies like 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 Iberoamérica, Cóndor de Oro, Festival del Caribe, and Diario El Comercio, among others.
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, and the Creative Bootcamp London hosted by Wieden + Kennedy. Jimmy was also chosen to participate as a jury in some of the most prestigious advertising festivals in the world like: New York Festivals, EL SOL festival, El Ojo de Iberoamérica, Lisbon International Awards, Lisbon Healh Awards, Adstars Festival, Muse Awards, Cresta Awards, Luxury Advertising Awards, American Business Awards, Vega Awards, NYX Awards, Wina Awards, and FEPI Awards, among others.
Presently, he works as a Creative Director in Ludikom, as a Digital Consultant at PRESS NETWORK and is a Founder of Bross Studio.

United States

Michael Russo

Creative Director, RUSSO

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, Media.Monks

Andrea is an award-winning 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 Bentley, Renault, Microsoft, Heineken, Shell, and GSK.

United States

Scott Berry

President, MarketCrest, LLC, MarketCrest, LLC on behalf of Davis & Associates

Scott Berry has more than a decade of experience as a Senior Executive/Officer in billion-dollar Print Marketing and Direct Mail companies (including as CMO). Since 2011, he's the President of a Full-Service Digital Marketing Agency that he founded (MarketCrest). Scott’s perspective comes from working with both best-in-class Fortune 500 clients and entrepreneurs of niche small businesses. He first began judging for IAA in 2017 and his team of IAA International Award winners serve clients across the U.S. and Australia.


Diane Schulz


Diane Schulz started her career in advertising in 1999. As Account Manager, she worked at different agencies in Hamburg and Munich on clients such as Miller Beer, Danone and Payback/Plenti.

After finishing her Diploma in Marketing at the BAW, the leading German academy for marketing and communication at the time, she started as Head of Direct Marketing at Hubert Burda Media, one of Germany’s largest media companies.

In 2012, she joined the SERVICEPLAN GROUP to develop the group’s Innovation Team. In this position, she acted directly under the Global Chief Creative Officer Alexander Schill.

As International Account Director for METRO C&C and member of the Innovation Team, Diane was responsible for navigating the SERVICEPLAN brand while it expanded internationally.

This was achieved by managing creative excellence, innovation and pushing integration across 20+ countries, as well as handling all relevant participation in creative and efficiency awards.

In her current role as Business Director, she oversees the global key accounts of the group, is responsible to establish new structures and processes to steer and monitor clients globally plus developing strategic growth.


Deepti Kshirsagar

Partner & Strategy & Design Director, TCT Strategic Branding

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

Mark Minelli

President, Minelli, Inc.

Mark is an experienced professional with a singular sense of design. In his 30+ years running his brand strategy and design firm and managing a team of talented designers, he has maintained a keen sense of what the industry is doing and possesses an ability to discern truly stellar work. He is now president and CEO of Minelli, Inc., and has devoted his career to building strong and powerful brands for clients striving to make the world a better place. The brand consultancy and design firm has developed successful brand strategy, design and communication projects for Fortune 100 companies, popular destinations, 4th-sector businesses, higher education institutions, international NGOs and leading museums. A frequent speaker on branding, Mark has shared his expertise with audiences across the nation, including the World Brand Congress, the American Association of Museums and the American Marketing Association.


Alessandro Miasi

Senior Creative, Bcube

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.


Ashwin Kutty

President & CEO, WeUsThem Inc.

As a Marketer, Communicator, Advertiser, and overall Strategist, Ashwin Kutty has had the pleasure and honor of leading executions with a brilliant team at WeUsThem on a global stage (140 countries and counting) with a client roster that rivals our competitors near and far.

From running campaigns to delivering on web and mobile properties to advertising across broadcast mediums to delivering on retail executions across mediums to attending to behavior change while predicting and enticing consumer buying behavior patterns, our team is both uniquely positioned and internationally recognized for the work they have put out.

With a breadth of knowledge across industries such as Hospitality, Tourism, Healthcare, Academia, Oil & Gas, Fashion, Food and Beverages, Construction, and Real Estate, he and his company continue to expand their exposures across all three sectors spanning a wide spectrum of demographics and geographies.

As they explore the facets of our industry in Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Big Data, and Experiential Experiences to drive consumer engagement, his company is building the confluence of a brilliantly structured full-service agency that drives creative business level growth.

United States

Mark Bloom

Founder/Creative Director, A Willing Participant, Inc.

For over 25 years, Mark Bloom has been a creative professional who understands what makes a great campaign and how to bring it to life. He has won multiple awards and has worked on multi-million-dollar commercials down to simple one camera testimonials. His direct mail/response work helped him know early on how best to get better response for his clients on their emails. He has written for every medium, worked on everything from credit cards to cancer research foundations. His biggest accomplishment is setting out on his own to build an agency. No easy task in today's environment where there seem to be more and more shops popping up every day. But he has managed to be very successful and continue to grow with clients who trust what they do.

United Kingdom

Jemima Garthwaite

CEO, This Here

Founder and Director of This Here, a data-fueled creative agency and a member of IADAS and Lovies Judge, she is absolutely addicted to the inspiration and knowledge that she gains about the true creative innovators out there through the process of judging. She has also won multiple awards, including: Webby Award Nominee, Young Cannes Lions Winner, Social Buzz Awards Judge, General Assembly Lecturer, Digerati 2013, Shortlisted for Woman of the Future Awards, Drum 30 under 30, The Drum Inaugural Digerati. She was a speaker at Social Media & Internet Weeks, and an ex-International Lacrosse player.


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.

Hong Kong S.A.R., China


Assistant Professor of Practice in Digital Arts, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Junjie "Jake" Zhang is an award-winning 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 an MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from the University of Southern California. His films have been awarded and selected in festivals all over the world, including Jury Award in 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival (2017), 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 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. After serving as Professor of Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design for five years, he is now one of the founding faculties and Assistant Professor of Practice in Digital Arts at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Computational Media and Arts thrust area. His research interest includes storytelling in virtual reality, screen design & world-building strategies, Creator & user experience in process of creating. Besides, he has founded his artist studio Jake Weird Power in Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre since August 2019.

Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Thomas J Elliott

Creative Director, APV

Featured as one of LinkedIn's Power Profiles for 2018 for Marketing and Creativity in Hong Kong. Thomas Elliott has brought over 18+ years of international video and animation production experience to the table every time he receives a new brief and he is a well-respected thought leader and innovator in the field of Visual Content.

Here and throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and beyond, he has worked with an exciting list of international businesses, brands and agencies, including Aegis Media Dentsu, Alibaba, APV, The Australian Government, BBH, Buchanan Group, BUPA, Burninghouse, Coca-Cola, Creativa Videos, Disney, Heinz, IXL Appliances, KAO, Kraft, Maille, Manulife, NRMA, PZ Cussons, Reckitt Benckiser, Red Bull, Rolls-Royce, Shangri-La Hotels, STW Group, Subway, Unilever and many more. He has won over 63+ international awards throughout his career and he is highly sought after as a creative, strategist, director, educator and consultant.

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

Independent Filmmaker, Commercial Director, and Editor, Extrasensory 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.

United States

Ivan D Manolov

Art Director, MojoTech LLC.

Ivan D Manolov helps people solve tough problems and deliver products to market. He keeps himself busy with complex business & design challenges in industries like healthcare, aviation, government, and automotive. His design experience spans from digital products through branding, print, illustration and custom lettering to a few niche design subjects like calligraphy, heraldry, vexillology, and cartography. Currently, he's working as a digital product designer at Mojotech, a consultancy that makes software for big and soon-to-be-big companies. Besides his full-time job, he's trying to help out non-profit organizations and local governments with pro-bono strategy and design work.

United States

Yeon Sang Yoon

Creative, Snap Inc.

Yeon Yoon is a Los Angeles-based creative, art director, and designer, currently working at Amazon as an Art Director, overseeing various global campaigns and marketing initiatives. Yeon began his career as an Art Director at Elephant, a rapidly growing digital agency that served clients such as Apple, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, and Comcast. He then moved to Los Angeles to work for Grey West where he collaborated with Amazon, AWS, and Hasbro. Later, he joined Snap Inc., focusing on integrating Augmented Reality into branding and marketing efforts. During his time at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Yeon was one of the most decorated students, winning numerous awards. He was also the second winner in the school's history to win Cannes Future Lions. Recently, he has been nominated to serve as a jury member for Vega Digital Awards, LIT Commercial Awards and a few other prestigious names as well.


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.


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.


Roman Vynogradnyi

Head of Design, Censia

Roman Vynogradnyi is an award-winning designer with 12 years of experience in Branding, Advertising, and UI/UX Design. He has had the pleasure of working for such world-known companies such as Philips, Cisco, Samsung, LG, Volkswagen, Nescafe, L'Oreal etc. He has won several prestigious international awards, including MUSE Creative Awards, American Graphic and Web Design Awards, The Very Best Of Ukrainian Design, A'design Award. He started his career at one of the biggest agencies in Ukraine - DIALLA, and later worked at several prestigious advertising agencies (D.Babych Design Studio, 360 Branding, AV Group) and grow up to Art direction position. After that, he worked in San Francisco where he got international experience working on innovative projects including setting up online experiences for both web and mobile as well as establishing brand identities. Currently Roman is living in Ukraine, and successfully working with international clients, as well as his personal projects.


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.


Marcel Vrieswijk

Co-founder / Managing Director, PlusOne

Marcel Vrieswijk, is one of the founders and Managing Director at PlusOne, an independent production studio hailing from Amsterdam. It’s his aspiration to create memorable work with emotional impact. Hell-bent on the details that champion the difference between something good, and something great. Since opening the company's doors in 2009, they've grown into an award-winning company with an international in-house team of creative specialists looking forward to exceeding their client’s expectations.


Matei Curtasu

Freelance Creative Director, Serenade Studios

Matei Curtasu has had the experience judging for SXSW Innovative, New York Festivals, WebAwards, as well as being an Advisory Board member of SXSW. He has also worked in ad agencies around the world, and recently opened his own shop in Bucharest.

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.


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.


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.


Kiran Kumar C K

Sr. User Interface Designer, Media.Monks

Kiran Kumar C K is a Designer responsible for solving problems and making beautiful products and services for the world’s most recognized brands! Currently working at Media.Monks as a Sr. User Interface Designer for their international clients. As a designer, He develops concepts and strategies for complex interactive initiatives. And he is really passionate about finding the best tools to execute content-driven visuals, visually appealing designs, subtle details, and brand guidelines combined with innovative interfaces across various touch points. Kiran's projects have gained top-notch international recognition and attention many times, like Awwwards, CSS Winner and Unsplash Awards, etc. He is a judge at Awwwards, Webby Awards, The Gail Awards, Shorty Awards, Anthem Awards, The Lovie Awards, UK Creative Festival, W3 awards, Indigo Design Award, D&AD, and also a Regional Design Advisor of ADP. Kiran works directly with clients to develop strong relationships to deliver strategic, and emotionally-resonant creativity that also successfully achieves business goals!


Omar Qureshi

Creative Director, Sadapay

Omar Qureshi is a Creative Director at SadaPay, Pakistan, and a MarCom Professional who practices design thinking and expansive thinking to constantly drive innovation. Omar unlocked his way to becoming a Creative Director at SadaPay in 2020, and since then, he’s been spearheading a team of Creatives to take SadaPay’s branding and content production to the pinnacle of the FinTech industry in Pakistan.

Omar possesses a keen eye for aesthetics and detail, and his work is renowned for its thoughtfulness, precision, and consistency. His diverse agency and client experiences across a range of industries, including chemicals, transport, food, and publishing, have enabled him to craft both large and small-scale creative solutions to solve complex business problems and requirements, and be on Grand Jury panels for platforms ie New York Advertising Awards & Global Social Media Awards.

Post six, Omar can be found reading Marty Neumeier & David Airey, listening to the Crazy One, playing squash, or connecting local creatives & marketers with recruiters through Pakistan Creatives.