The Midas Awards®
2014 Grand Jury

The Midas Awards panel of judges includes client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. These judges offer their perspectives not only on how well a message is delivered, but how it is received. Gold and Silver Midas ingots are presented to the highest-scoring entries, and a Grand Midas winner is selected as the competition's "Best of Show."

Nicole Avery

Business Leader, Consumer & Digital Marketing, MasterCard, Canada

John Barker

President and Chief Idea Officer, Barker Advertising & Interactive, USA

Adam Broitman

Vice President, Global Digital Marketing, MasterCard, USA

Dino Ceccato

CEO, webguerillas AG, Switzerland

Nandita Chalam

Vice President & Executive Creative Director, JWT, India

Dana Cohen Cullinan

Creative Director, The Jupiter Drawing Room, South Africa

Augusto Correia

Integrated Art Director, NBS / Dentsu Aegis Network, Brazil

Cheryl Daly

Broker, Halstead Property, New York

Burghard Drews

Creative Director, antwerpes AG, Germany

Chris D'Rozario

Executive Creative Director, Havas Worldwide, New York

Marco Eychenne

Executive Creative Director, Lavender, Australia

Ben Gartland

Creative Director, Bengar Films, Australia

Jon Goldberg

Executive Creative Director, kbs+, USA

Kobi Gulersen

Director of Digital Marketing, MasterCard , Brazil

Sandi Harari

SVP, Creative Director, BARKER, USA

Johannes Heldrich

Creative Director, heimat Werbeagentur GmbH, Germany

Ian Henderson

Executive Creative Director and Owner, AML Group, UK

MinYen Hsieh

Senior UX Designer, SapientNitro, USA

Devin Kennedy

Executive Creative Director, King James Group, Cape Town

Hank Kosinski

Partner/Executive Creative Director, Gardner Nelson + Partners, USA

Mark Lawson

Creative Director, Heat, San Fransisco

David Lennon

Creative Director, Bloomberg, USA

Erik Norin

Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy New York, New York

Venkat Patla

Associate Creative Director, Leo Burnett Business, USA

Will Payovich

Creative Director/Director of Art, Havas Worldwide Chicago ,

Richard Phillips

Executive Creative Director, thirtyfour, South Africa

Jim Piercy

Creative Director, Bloomberg, UK

Tahaab Rais

Head of Insights & Strategy, FP7/DXB (Part of McCann Worldgroup), UAE

Dave Roberts

Creative Director, The Partners, UK

Ian Schwey

VP, Executive Creative Director, Devon Island Group, Canada

Kirti Srikant

AVP, Director, Brand Marketing & Advertising - OppenheimerFunds, Inc., USA

Alec Vianu

Creative Director/ Design Director, HudsonRouge, USA

Blaz Vuk

Creative Director, Pristop, Slovenia

Liam Wielopolski

Executive Creative Director, DDB , South Africa

MengWen Xiang

Art Supervisor, CDM Group, USA

Nicole Avery

  • Business Leader, Consumer & Digital Marketing
  • MasterCard
  • Canada

Nicole Avery is vice president of consumer and digital marketing for MasterCard Canada. She has held this role since 2011 and has been with MasterCard since 2006. In her current role, she is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of all consumer and digital marketing activities. Nicole develops holistic marketing strategies to drive product growth, brand preference and revenue amongst priority consumer segments. Nicole is also responsible for MasterCard’s Canada’s Digital marketing strategy which includes CRM, social media and web platforms development.
Prior to her current role, Nicole was director, brand marketing, for MasterCard Canada and was responsible for strategy and delivery of brand marketing programs in Canada. Prior to joining MasterCard, Nicole worked in account management at MacLaren McCann on the General Motors Pontiac Business. There she held several progressive roles managing their loyalty direct mail programs and National ski sponsorships.
Nicole earned a Bachelor’s Degree in communications from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in marketing management from Seneca College. Nicole currently sits on the Print Measurement Bureau board as well as the Camp Oochigeas events committee.

John Barker

  • President and Chief Idea Officer
  • Barker Advertising & Interactive
  • USA

In 2003, John Barker left the ‘big agency world’ to start a new kind of ad agency: A place where people would look forward to coming to work, where creative ideas come to life outside of the big agency autocracy, and where others who felt the same could find a home.
John is a thinker, copywriter, artist and big idea strategist, which makes him invaluable to clients and the champion for bold ideas that emotionally engage consumers. His 20 years of experience have made him a regular speaker at industry conferences, and you’ve likely read John’s articles and contributions in many ad industry and general business publications.
John began his career in 1987 at Ted Bates, and later rose to become a senior executive with Sony Music and Grey Entertainment. As a creative director, he helped launch artists such as Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Fugees, Mariah Carey, and Jeff Buckley, as well as breakthrough TV series such as Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, thirtysomething, NYPD Blue and Twin Peaks, for which he wrote the famous “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” headline.
John later moved to Grey Worldwide as an EVP overseeing Hasbro and DoubleClick before establishing the Grey Digital Business Group in 2000.
A few little known facts about John: While at Yale, he was briefly the only “Puritan Studies” major in the world. He has received numerous awards for poetry, including an Academy of American Poets Prize. He is a Sporting Clays enthusiast, a die-hard St. Louis Blues fan, and an avid but futile golfer. He once hit a 343 yard drive (bounced off a sprinkler head). He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Adam Broitman

  • Vice President, Global Digital Marketing
  • MasterCard
  • USA

A digital agency veteran, Adam Broitman is tasked with overseeing social, mobile, local and other digital marketing channels around the world for MasterCard. Prior to joining the company, he served as chief creative strategist at Something Massive, a boutique digital agency specializing in content, community and loyalty.
Broitman was also the co-founder of Circ.us, a hybrid tech-creative firm, where he devised creative solutions for clients such as Cisco Systems, Red Bull, American Express, A&E, Ben & Jerry’s and Carl’s Jr. During his tenure there, Broitman co-founded social TV startup TV Dinner. Prior to that, he served as the director of strategy at crayon and the director of emerging and creative strategy at Morpheus Media. Broitman began his digital marketing career at Digitas working on the American Express team.

Dino Ceccato

  • CEO
  • webguerillas AG
  • Switzerland

In 1995 Dino began his marketing and advertising career and has held several different leading positions.
He has attended to national and international brands with the entire range of on and offline marketing mix with Young & Rubicam, JWT, Publicis and Nissan. to mention a few.

As a CEO of Webguerillas AG Zurich—a specialized agency for internet, mobile- and buzz marketing—since the beginning of 2013, he has been extremely focused on engaging creativity based on a unique strategy. He strives for a strong focus for the digital brand management, including the mobile business. Within his team he won the famous "Trend Honour Mobile Award“ and later, several prizes for cross-media/web/app awards.

Nandita Chalam

  • Vice President & Executive Creative Director
  • JWT
  • India

I have been with JWT Mumbai for over 14 years. I have worked on practically every category there is—food, consumer durables, financial, beauty, household care and more. I have won awards ranging from a Clio Gold, Silver and Bronze Canneslions, Spikes Silver, 2 Midas Golds and 1 Silver among many others. Many of the products that I have launched are now household names in India—among these are Kellogg´s Special K, Kellogg´s All Bran, State Bank of India´s Mutual Funds, Lux Body Wash, Lux Pink, Johnson & Johnson´s Shower to Shower, Rin Advanced and many more.
I love to create insight-based, slice of life advertising that moves you.

Dana Cohen Cullinan

  • Creative Director
  • The Jupiter Drawing Room
  • South Africa

Dana has 14 years experience in advertising and communications. Starting out her career in Tel-Aviv, she relocated to Johannesburg where, fondly known as 'Mrs. Jupiter', she has spent the last decade at the Jupiter Drawing Room building many local blue chip brands, for which she has received numerous international awards.

Augusto Correia

  • Integrated Art Director
  • NBS / Dentsu Aegis Network
  • Brazil

Hi. My name is Augusto Correia. I´m an integrated art director currently working at NBS (Dentsu Network), one of the TOP 10 agencies in Brazil.
I believe that advertising has only two ways to be relevant: being useful or being entertaining. If you can manage to do that you're good.
In the last couple of years I was lucky enough to earn more than 170 international and national awards, including Cannes Lions, One Show, Clio, New York Festivals, Midas Awards, Webby Awards, FWA, Young Guns, Smarties, Bees Awards and many more. I hope to keep them coming. :)
I'm also a member of FWA's Jury panel and an associate member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), which is responsible for the Webby Awards judging, and a professor at Miami Ad School.

Cheryl Daly

  • Broker
  • Halstead Property
  • New York

Cheryl Daly is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker for New York City’s Halstead Property LLC, a prominent Tri-State brokerage known for its innovative and award-winning in-house marketing and technology division. Working with her marketing and technology division, she develops uniquely tailored campaigns that fit the needs of properties and their target audience and that get the results her customers deserve. The advanced innovative thinking of this division combines marketing and technology to a new form known as Martech which constantly reinvents the direction the industry takes in marketing real estate.
Prior to entering real estate sales, Cheryl was a senior communications executive for television companies, including CBS, MSNBC, Group W and MTV Networks. She has also consulted for Oxygen and MTV Networks and for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which awards the EMMY for daytime, news and sports programming. She has served on the Board as communications vice president for New York Women in Film and Television. For more than a decade, she has applied the expertise and skills she acquired throughout her career to successfully serve her real estate customers—be they sellers or buyers of Manhattan and Brooklyn residences.

Burghard Drews

  • Creative Director
  • antwerpes AG
  • Germany

Burghard Drews, born in 1968, studied communication design at the University of Wuppertal.
During his studies he worked as a freelancer in various agencies in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Wuppertal.

He earned his Masters Degree in 1996 under Prof. Mihai Nadin and Prof. Hans Günter Schmitz.
Since 1997, he has been employed at antwerpes AG in Cologne and since 2000 as a creative director and head of unit design.

Awards / Prizes (many of them won multiple times):
Cannes Lions, ADC Germany, Midas, D & AD, if Design Award, London International Advertising Award (LIAA)
Red Dot Award, Clio Awards, Intermedia Globe, The Thing, NY, Emma Award, American Design Award, Comprix,
New York Festivals, The Globals NY, German Multimedia Award, BoB Award, Best 18/1, ARC Award, ECON,
European Excellence Award, and many others.

Member of the Jury:
Midas Awards
Bob Award
Health Share Award
Comprix

Chris D'Rozario

  • Executive Creative Director
  • Havas Worldwide
  • New York

Chris has made his mark as a writer and creative director in three corners of the world. His multicultural background gives him a global perspective and allows him to travel easily across cultures, technologies and changing media landscapes.
He began his career in India, where he twice won the Copywriter of the Year award and became the creative leader of India’s most admired agency while still in his twenties. Getting ahead of a globalized world, he spent three years in Singapore before moving to New York.
Chris has led the work for iconic brands like De Beers, Cadbury’s, Smirnoff, Rolex, OppenhemerFunds and NYSE, as well as global projects for clients like Unilever. Along the way he has won numerous awards and been featured multiple times in Adweek, Ad Age and the New York Times.
If working around the world has taught him anything, it’s that the world is always changing—and we’re only as good as the next thing we do.

Marco Eychenne

  • Executive Creative Director
  • Lavender
  • Australia

Marco is drawn to direct and digital because of its intelligent commitment to effective advertising and the endless possibilities of emerging technology. His integrated and digital work has been highly awarded, both in Australia and internationally—he has won most major response orientated awards.

Ben Gartland

  • Creative Director
  • Bengar Films
  • Australia

Ben Gartland is an Australian film director of commercials, documentaries and branded content for some of the world’s most trusted brands. He is founder and creative director of Bengar Films (Melbourne), a leading independent agency for film and digital media and member of the Australian Directors Guild.
Gartland began his film career producing television commercials in Japan, China and Southeast Asia. He has written, produced and directed commercials for international advertising agencies, including Young & Rubicam Shanghai for Sony, Wellcom Korea for Hana Bank and Lowe HCMC for Unilever.
In Australia, Ben’s work has a foundation in commercials and branded content, with marquee clients such as National Australia Bank, Telstra and Australia Post. In 2013 he was awarded with more than ten international film and advertising awards for his work, recently including the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.
Over the last decade, Ben has worked with Australia’s leading brands in helping to improve consumer perception. His direction style is human, genuine and authentic, choosing to work with real people rather than actors. It is this fine metering, which has made him a specialist in storytelling with an unscripted voice.
Gartland has directed hundreds of commercials, documentaries and branded films.
With a “show, don’t tell” approach, he has become a leading authority for brands to expand ways of connecting with audiences with a more helpful and genuine tone.
His goal is to deepen conversations and create more engaging relationships with audiences from all over the world.

Jon Goldberg

  • Executive Creative Director
  • kbs+
  • USA

Jon got into advertising by accident. In 1994, while not working as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, instead of waiting tables, he decided to visit friends in Portland, Oregon who worked at Wieden & Kennedy. Two years later, Jon had experience working on Nike, Coca-Cola and ESPN. Eventually, he ended up in the New York office of Wieden & Kennedy, continuing to work on ESPN, Nike and Brand Jordan.
He joined kbs+ in 2008 and has since become executive creative director, overseeing the agency’s financial services super group, which includes Vanguard, BMO, Goldman Sachs and FTSE. He also oversees Harman Audio and the rebranding of The Prudential Center.
Jon worked previously at CSTV, a cable sports channel now called CBS College Sports, where he learned about branded content as the director of content development. Before that, he was an associate creative director at McCann Erickson, working on Xbox, Rolling Rock and Bass Ale.
Some other brands that Jon has worked on throughout his years, freelance and fulltime, include Chase Bank, 21st Century Auto Insurance, Saab, Virgin America, the NFL, Hugo Boss and IFC (the Independent Film Channel), just to name a few.
Jon lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two kids, Charlie and Lucy. He continues to not work as a screenwriter.

Kobi Gulersen

  • Director of Digital Marketing
  • MasterCard
  • Brazil

Joining in 2011 as director of digital marketing, Kobi Gulersen is responsible for driving MasterCard Canada’s B2C and B2B digital strategy and execution, including mobile and eCommerce marketing, web marketing, social media and SEM/SEO. Kobi is currently on assignment in Sao Paulo as director of digital marketing, media and CRM for MasterCard Brazil.
Kobi has worked on everything from digital campaigns to traditional mass initiatives; website builds to promotional programs and sponsorship activations. Prior to MasterCard, Kobi developed communications programs for Nestle USA, Hewlett Packard, Glenfiddich and Gibson's at MacLaren McCann. Kobi has a passion for youth marketing, having pioneered new marketing strategies through a youth marketing agency he founded and later sold his ownership stake in. Kobi has developed marketing programs in Canada, the US and even the English Caribbean. His key client work experience included: Rogers Wireless, Scotiabank International, M.A.C. Cosmetics and L’Oreal Professionnel. Kobi was nominated in 2008 for BDC Entrepreneur of the Year, and was selected as Marketing Magazine’s Ones to Watch 2008 – Canada’s Top 10 under 30.

Sandi Harari

  • SVP, Creative Director
  • BARKER
  • USA

Sandi joined BARKER in 2006 as SVP, Creative Director, where she oversees integrated concepts across all media (print, digital, outdoor, Brand ID, packaging, etc). She is a 20-year veteran of advertising and design and along the way has established strong credentials in fashion, film, finance, hospitality, health & beauty and other lifestyle verticals.

At BARKER she leads a talented team of writers and art directors to create work for clients such as PepsiCo, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble, IDB Bank, PDI Healthcare, NBC Universal, Parx Casino, NYU Stern, Bloomberg, Conjure Cognac, History Channel and more.

Before joining BARKER, Sandi’s interest in film led her to create some iconic posters for films such as Monster’s Ball and several posters for Clint Eastwood, including the Oscar award-winning Mystic River.

Johannes Heldrich

  • Creative Director
  • heimat Werbeagentur GmbH
  • Germany

Johannes worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Coke, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Credit Suisse, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Lufthansa, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Siemens, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Sprite, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked and won.

Ian Henderson

  • Executive Creative Director and Owner
  • AML Group
  • UK

Ian is an experienced creative agency head who specialises in simple ideas for complicated businesses. Clients include finance and other complex organisations around the world, from startups to government. Ian has run several agencies for leading agency networks and now co-owns the fast-growing London independent AML Group. He also writes and comments on business and travel for international print and broadcast media. Ian lives in London and likes boats and bikes.

MinYen Hsieh

  • Senior UX Designer
  • SapientNitro
  • USA

MinYen Hsieh is an award-winning user experience designer and creative thinker capable of delivering strong user experiences across on- and off-line platforms and interactive products and devices. His work is integrated from print to digital with an international perspective. He has worked in legendary companies such as Ogilvy & Mather x IBM Design Lab, DigitasLBi, SONY Music Entertainment, and MTV.
Currently MinYen is working at SapientNitro as an senior UX designer to help fortune 100 clients expand their digital design territory. As also a digital artist, MinYen held numbers of group and solo exhibition around the world. His work has been featured in Adobe Design Award, PromaxBDA, A Design Award, etc. He was also interviewed by the Art Directors Club Tomorrow Awards for its "Voices of the Future" series.

Devin Kennedy

  • Executive Creative Director
  • King James Group
  • Cape Town

After graduating from the University of Port Elizabeth with a B.com industrial psychology degree and completing a post graduate degree at AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town, morbid curiosity and the need to pay the rent made Devin Kennedy take his first job in Windhoek, Namibia. After a year stint and winning the Grand Prix at Namibia’s local advertising awards he decided to return to Cape Town in 1999 where he joined the King James Group as junior copywriter. About 21914 cups of coffee later, he was appointed creative director and a member of the Board in 2007 and executive creative director in 2012.
For his sins, he has a generous helping of both local and international awards, which include golds at Cannes, Clios, One Show, London International, as well as Grand Prix and Ad of the Year in South Africa.

Hank Kosinski

  • Partner/Executive Creative Director
  • Gardner Nelson + Partners
  • USA

Growing up New York, Hank ventured west to start his career as an art director at Goodby Silverstein and Partners in San Francisco, California after attending the University of Arizona, the Art Center College of Design and creating the first trailer ever done for the Sundance Film Festival. While at GS&P Hank crafted award-winning work for Nike, Isuzu Motors and Pacific Bell and HP before moving to New York where he become a creative director at Lowe working on highly acclaimed work for Heineken, Coke, Got Milk?, Carfax and UPS. After Lowe, Hank went on to create highly acclaimed work for Tic Tac at Merkley + Partners as well as helped launch Women’s Professional Soccer’s “See Extraordinary” campaign for McCann Worldwide.

Hank is currently partner/executive creative director at Gardner Nelson + Partners where he oversees the agencies award-winning creative on Optimum, Charter, National Grid, Ramada Worldwide, Garanimals and Assured Guaranty.

Hank’s work has won numerous awards at Cannes, the Andy’s, the Clios’s, the Addy’s, and the London International Show to name a few.

When not immersed in advertising, Hank can be found hanging out with his wife and kids, off-shore sailing or skiing as a member of National Ski Patrol.

Mark Lawson

  • Creative Director
  • Heat
  • San Fransisco

With more than 15 years of experience, award-winning creative director Mark Lawson prides himself as an advertising professional who enjoys both art direction and writing, and draws his inspiration from the “daily pulse” of human interaction. For the past five years, Lawson has held a leadership position at creative agency Heat, providing his vision to brands such as Bank of the West, Jackson Family Wines and Conde Nast. Prior to Heat, Lawson spent time at BBH New York, JWT, Odiorne Wilde Narraway & Partners/SEE, and McCann Erickson. He has worked with companies such as Ford Motors, Samsung, Texas Instruments and Electronic Arts. While at BBH, his campaign for Lipton Foods (Unilver), which positioned Lipton Onion Dip as the perfect side for a communion cracker, drew the ire of the Catholic Church and won him a Cannes Gold Lion, among several other awards.
Passionate about mentoring art students, Lawson frequently teaches advertising and interactive concepting at the Miami Ad School. He enjoys going beyond the classroom to provide guidance to students who are in the process of cultivating their portfolio.
Originally hailing from the East Coast, Lawson holds a B.A. in communications from Loyola College in Maryland and attended ad school at The Creative Circus. He currently lives in San Francisco where he feels like he’s “found his people,” and spends his free time exercising and adoring his two daughters.

David Lennon

  • Creative Director
  • Bloomberg
  • USA

David Lennon is a creative director at Bloomberg, based in Manhattan, producing TV commercials, video content and multimedia sponsorships for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies. David joined Bloomberg’s London creative team in 2000, pioneering the concept of pitching and producing TV commercials for smaller European clients who hadn’t advertised on television before. This role expanded into producing integrated campaign solutions for external clients across all of Bloomberg Media, globally.
In 2007, David moved to Bloomberg’s New York headquarters to head up a dedicated custom creative team and help increase revenue growth for ad sales. Current clients include GE Capital, Delta Air Lines, Chase, Siemens, Porsche as well as many of the world's leading companies.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, David worked for four years at McCann-Erickson Manchester as a copywriter. David is a supporter of Everton Football Club.

Erik Norin

  • Creative Director
  • Wieden+Kennedy New York
  • New York

Erik is a creative director at Wieden+Kennedy New York. Before that Erik worked at R/GA New York—named ‘The Digital Agency of the Decade.’ At R/GA Erik worked with clients such as MasterCard, McCormick, Microsoft and Impulse. Before joining R/GA Erik worked as a senior creative and creative director with Swedish agency Farfar for 8 years. Farfar was one of the world’s most successful digital agencies, ranked by The Gunn Report among the top 5 for the last five years, peaking at #1 in 2007. Erik has created numerous global, award-winning campaigns and worked with brands like Absolut Vodka, Adidas, Bjorn Borg, NGage, Nokia (including the pitch that won owners of Farfar, Isobar, the Global Digital Nokia account), Red Bull, Heineken and a bunch of Swedish brands. Before Erik joined Farfar he worked at awarded agencies Houdini (Sweden) and Dennis Interactive in New York. Erik has also acted as everything from CEO to janitor of his own company. Erik has as background as a Flash artist/Interactive designer and have studied script development, drama production, motion graphics/design, advertising, media, communication and more. Erik has been a frequent member of national and international juries and he’s held workshops in Cannes and other places. He was also in charge of the Farfar Academy—an education set up with renowned ad school Berghs in Stockholm, Sweden—educating young (digital) creatives and strategists. Erik was also recently shortlisted as Sweden’s most influential digital creatives and in March of 2011, W&V Magazine listed Erik as the 9th Best Creative Director in the World.

Venkat Patla

  • Associate Creative Director
  • Leo Burnett Business
  • USA

In 18 years as a writer, Venkat has covered just about every type of advertising challenge for brands including Avis, Mack Trucks, DeWalt Tools and more.

Venkat focuses on bringing wit, charm and interest to business brands. Critically, he appreciates the importance of creating specific messages for different professional audiences. And he brings the intellectual commitment required to do so – whether it's bringing Options to life, or launching a cure for Crohn’s disease.

Prior Leo Burnett, Venkat worked at agencies in India and the U.S. including Mudra, India and Cline Davis Mann.

Will Payovich

  • Creative Director/Director of Art
  • Havas Worldwide Chicago

As a creative director, Will has delivered impressive results for many iconic consumer brands including, Citi, Sonic Drive-Ins, Western Union, Sprint, and Sears. As a senior creative executive at Havas Worldwide Chicago Will frequently serves as advisor, designer, writer, and strategist across the agency’s diverse roster of clients.
In 2011, Will won the international design shoot out for the cover of Who Cares Wins, the now bestselling book from Global CEO of HAVAS, David Jones. In April 2013, Will served as a judge for the prestigious Cannes Young Lions Competition.

Richard Phillips

  • Executive Creative Director
  • thirtyfour
  • South Africa

Richard studied at AAA and then began his career as a junior designer at Lowe Bull Calvert Pace. A brief and unsatisfying flirtation with freelancing followed, but was quickly put to one side as he began his search for an agency who truly believed that great creative work can lead to great sales results. The search has taken him from Tequila Cape Town to TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, TBWA\Fusion and eventually becoming a founding partner at thirtyfour.

Jim Piercy

  • Creative Director
  • Bloomberg
  • UK

Jim Piercy is a creative director for Bloomberg covering EMEA and Asia Pac, based in London, producing TV commercials and multimedia sponsorships for a wide variety of clients, primarily within the financial services industry. Jim joined Bloomberg’s London creative team in 2000, initially to work on Bloomberg content then gradually moving exclusively into client creative.
Current clients include Saxo Bank, HSBC, Commerzbank, VTB Capital, and Russian Railways as well as many of the world’s leading financial companies.
Jim can often be found riding his bike up mountains for fun.

Tahaab Rais

  • Head of Insights & Strategy
  • FP7/DXB (Part of McCann Worldgroup)
  • UAE

Tahaab is a data and new media fanboy, and one of those advertisers who loves, eats, sleeps and adores the banking and finance industry. His industry experience in creative strategy and connections planning spans Asia, the Middle East, and Africa with a portfolio of successful multinational brands as well as emerging local and regional brands across telecommunications, FMCG, technology and mobile, travel and tourism, real estate, petroleum, sports and entertainment, and banking, finance and insurance. He has worked on global and local strategy for HSBC, HSBC Amanah, ICICI, Standard Chartered Bank, Al Hilal Bank, Emirates NBD, MasterCard, and Daman Insurance, among others.
He believes that empathy is central to effective communication. Hence, he is always enthusiastic about the art of making brands more relatable, more tangible and more enjoyable.
As head of insights and strategy at FP7/DXB (Part of McCann Worldgroup) in the MENA region, he is focused on finding untold, culturally relevant human truths and telling them in an effective and daring way for the agency's brands across the region. He has been integral to the agency's recent successes at regional and international awards and its climb to the top of the charts in the world's most effective agencies.

Dave Roberts

  • Creative Director
  • The Partners
  • UK

Dave is a creative director for The Partners London design studio, and for over 20 years he has been helping global clients solve complex brand challenges. With his passion for bridging the gap between strategy and creativity, Dave has advised some of the world’s most famous international brands, including HSBC, Samsung and Investec as well as creating and crafting work closer to home for Molton Brown, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks and Argos. At The Partners Dave leads brand identity and personality programmes for clients across various sectors.

Prior to joining The Partners, Dave was at Fitch London, where he led one of the design teams, receiving numerous awards for brand identity and environmental design.

Ian Schwey

  • VP, Executive Creative Director
  • Devon Island Group
  • Canada

Ian is a rare blend in this industry, where he is the perfect mix of strategy, business design and creativity. He is in constant search of the next big idea, and his philosophy is to engage consumers through insight and innovation, while remaining channel-neutral. By collaborating with clients, this belief has helped him create successful campaigns for brands such as General Motors, Nestle, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Rogers Communications, Canada Goose and Goodlife Fitness. While Ian’s focus has always been centered around creating transformative work for the brands he touches, his work has also been recognized by Cannes Lions, One Show, Clios, London International Awards, New York Festivals, ADC, and Communication Arts. Before joining Devon Island Group, Ian spent years honing his craft at reputed shops such as Zulu Alpha Kilo, DS+P, Zig, JWT, Y&R and MacLaren McCann. On the side, he performs magic, over-charging lawyers at company parties, and also does stand-up comedy (think Seinfeld meets Steven Wright, minus the killer material).

Kirti Srikant

  • AVP, Director
  • Brand Marketing & Advertising - OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
  • USA

Kirti Srikant joined OppenheimerFunds as AVP, director of brand marketing & advertising in September 2010 to digitize the advertising and media strategies for the firm. She oversees brand marketing, advertising, media strategy and agency relationships. Her approach to advertising for the “Globalize your thinkingTM” campaign earned over 30 accolades. Most recently, “Growth.Income.Protection.*” has earned over 8 industry awards for digital and multi-media advertising and Gramercy Institute’s ‘Best Media Strategy’.
Previously, Ms. Srikant spent over 4 years at Citigroup overseeing digital advertising and marketing strategy. She also held roles where she designed and oversaw online advertising strategies, cross-sell, event sponsorships / marketing and acquisition marketing across the manufacturing and entertainment industries.
Ms. Srikant is the recipient of ‘Gramercy Institute’s 20 Rising Stars in Financial Marketing 2013’, ‘AWNY’s Advertising Working Mother of the Year 2012’. Kirti volunteers her time as Board of Director for the Financial Communications Society, supporting charities through the organizations’ works.
Kirti received her MBA from the Columbia Business School and a B.S. in corporate communications and marketing from the City University of New York. A native New Yorker, Kirti lives with her daughter and husband in FiDi.

Alec Vianu

  • Creative Director/ Design Director
  • HudsonRouge
  • USA

When Alec was a teenager his love of fine arts motivated him to move to America. He dabbled in photojournalism and architecture which led him to study in Los Angeles at Art Center College of Design. While there, he fell into a deep passion with advertising and design. Upon graduation, he embarked on an adventurous advertising and design career. Alec has worked on various projects for clients in the financial industry and beyond ranging from OppenheimerFunds and NYSE to Lincoln Motor Company, Jaguar and Exxon, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Heal-the-Bay, Potlatch, and Siemens.
He has had the pleasure of working on notable campaigns with fellow advertising professionals at Hudson Rouge, Merkley+Partners, Euro RSCG, Concept Soup, BBDO SF, Leo Burnett, Katsin-Loeb Advertising, Citron, TeamOne Advertising, Rubin Postaer&Associates.
His contribution to art direction and design were part of many national and international campaigns which lead to numerous awards such as OMMA Awards, MFEA, MarCom, Mobius, London International Advertising Awards, Clio, Best of Show Art Directors Club, Automotive Design and Advertising Awards, and the Lucie Awards- nominated for best art direction.
Alec now resides in New York City and divides his time between his passion for advertising, photography, and his beautiful family.
For more information about Alec you can visit his personal website: https://alec-vianu-x30t.squarespace.com

Blaz Vuk

  • Creative Director
  • Pristop
  • Slovenia

Blaž started to work in advertising 12 years ago after graduating from social sciences. First 7 years he worked as a creative director at Publicis and Saatchi&Saatchi Slovenia. Afterwards he joined the biggest Slovenian communication group, Pristop, as creative director. He worked for almost all important national clients as well as numerous international ones, and was rewarded for his work at international and national festivals. He won gold and silver awards at Golden drum, Eurobest Award, Cresta Award, European Excellence Awards, Midas Awards, Webby Award, Silverlight Award and numerous Grand Prix at domestic advertising festivals.

Liam Wielopolski

  • Executive Creative Director
  • DDB
  • South Africa

Liam is responsible for maintaining the high creative bar at DDB in not only Johannesburg but the rest of Africa & the Middle East as well. Having cut his teeth on global brands such as Guinness, Land Rover, Virgin Atlantic Airways and P&G he’s more than ready to once again take on his favourite challenge of building a network of strong creative thinkers, producing great results with great creative work.
Both in his own right as an art director and as the lead of several creative departments over the last 20 years, Liam has collected an impressive array of international and local awards. In the little spare time he has, he likes to chase a little white ball with a big stick around beautifully manicured lawns.

MengWen Xiang

  • Art Supervisor
  • CDM Group
  • USA

Mengwen Xiang is a multidisciplinary group art supervisor and creative thinker living and working in New York City.
Mengwen’s work has been awarded internationally, including recognition by the AAF Addy Awards, American Design Awards, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, International Design Award, Creativity International Award, Summit Creative Award, and Graphis Annual Award. Because of her outstanding expertise, she is also invited to contribute her expertise opinions in kinds of international creative competition, such as Creativity International Awards, Spark Awards, International Design Awards, A’ Design Awards, Art Director Club’s Tomorrow Awards, etc.


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