Jury President

Sebastian Padila
Co-Founder, Anagrama
Mexico

Sebastian was born in Monterrey, Mexico with an affinity for architecture and design thanks to the influence of his father – a prominent architect. After much thought, he decided to study Graphic Design at UDEM because it was the most noble branch of design, one that would permit him to reach out to other disciplines with ease.

After graduating, he worked at an advertising agency in Monterrey for a year. There, he met his Founding Partner Mike Herrera, who is now Creative Director at Anagrama. In 2008, he started to work as a freelancer, and than decided to start his own design studio together with his two associates Gustavo Muñoz and Mike Herrera.In the beginning, Anagrama's three partners worked out of a tiny bedroom in Gustavo's house. Now Anagrama has offices in both Monterrey and Mexico City and comprises a team of more than 30 people, including architects, designers, programmers and software engineers.

Ryan Atkinson
Creative Director, Impact BBDO
Dubai

Ryan Atkinson is a multidisciplinary designer whose experience has seen him work across three continents, and many cities. Currently Creative Director at Impact BBDO Dubai where he leads the design department.

Prior to his time in Dubai he was a design director at Frost*Collective and Re Sydney respectively, leading teams and projects across the various disciplines with a primary focus on branding.

His work has received global recognition and numerous awards including accolades from D&AD, The One Show, Cannes Lions, The Art Director's Club, NY Type Directors Club, Graphis, London International Awards, AGDA, NY Festivals, AWARD, Dubai Lynx and The Loeries. His projects have been featured online, in publications and exhibitions throughout the world.

Ryan served on the AGDA New South Wales subcommittee in 2015/16 and regularly guest lectures and talks at industry events.

Brian Mtongana
Design Director, Woolworths South Africa
Cape Town

Brian Mtongana is currently Design Director at Woolworths South Africa’s marketing department. It’s a crucial portfolio that includes Branding, Communication Design; Packaging Design for the WHL group for South Africa and Australia at David Jones, which includes, Food, Clothing, Beauty and Homeware.

He also is a creative custodian of the Woolworths Brand as he has the task of maintaining and upholding the Woolworths brand personality through design and consistent application of the Woolworths Corporate Identity across different marketing platforms externally and internally. As a Senior Manager in the business, he also lends his creative expertise across the whole business, and collaborating with colleagues in the Advertising, Digital, VM and Store Design teams as well as creative strategic input in the different areas of the business.

Bronwen Rautenbach
Co-Founder & Creative Partner, Sunshine Gun
Johannesburg

With an Honours degree in Information Design, Bronwen is a brand design expert with 18 years experience in multi-national design agencies. In 2010 she founded Sunshinegun with George Rautenbach. This inspirational studio, based in sunny South Africa (and not so sunny London), delivers illuminating work for clients around the globe. The studios purpose is rooted creating brilliant work from Africa for the world.

Over the years, Bronwen has won numerous local and international awards, including a Loerie Grand Prix Award for the new Global Visual Identity System for Nando’s. Bronwen has judged at several local and international design award shows. Bronwen was elected a board member of Think (South African Graphic Design Council) in 2009. She plays an active role in growing the South African design industry, lecturing and running workshops at universities and educational institutions whenever possible. Growing and mentoring young women into creative leaders is an area of personal passion.

Bronwen has led projects for the following clients; Nando’s, AB InBev, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Tiger Brands, Media 24, De Beers, Standard Bank, FNB, Famous Brands, Kerzner International.

Carmen Kelly
Design Director, Georgette Black
Durban

Carmen graduated from DUT in 2004, launching her own interior design practice in 2005. In 2010, she joined forces with THB Disturbance and proceeded to work with them for the next 7 years. In 2017 she noticed a gap in the market and took the opportunity to start Georgette Black, a dynamic and progressive interior design studio focusing on collaborative projects.

Carmen has worked across a wide range of industries and sectors from corporate to retail and education. She has collaborated with some of South Africa’s top architects and designers and lives to create spaces that are as functional as they are inspiring.

Jiniel Kandasamy
Executive Creative Director, Grid
Johannesburg

Bio pending

Maciek Michalski
Design Director, Hitchcock Michalski
Johannesburg

Bio pending

Ndabo Langa
Founder, DGIT Architects
Durban

Ndabo Langa founded DGIT architects multi-disciplinary design firm—20 years ago. The year was 1997. He was 23 years old. He had graduated from the then University of Natal (now UKZN) with a Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture (P G Dip Arch). His natural desire to experiment and curiosity meant that a conventional architectural practice would inhibit his vision of influencing a new wave of creative outfits in the architectural space in Durban.

As a multi-disciplinary firm, DGIT and Ndabo’s involvement in strategic Durban projects goes way beyond architecture. They were part of the team that conceptualised the People Mover buses. They were also involved in early projects to make Durban pedestrian and bicycle-friendly. He is currently committed to unlocking Durban’s “immense cultural heritage”. The Chairman has been crucial in regenerating the city’s music scene. This translates as livelihood for artists and keeping people in the city who would otherwise have left “for greener pastures”.

Sindiso Nyoni
Founder, Riot
Johannesburg

Sindiso Nyoni is a Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) born, self developed Graphic artist who has been described as a contemporary illustrator, activist, street-artist, and multi-disciplinary graphic designer. He obtained a BTech degree in Graphic Design from the University of Johannesburg and has worked as an illustrator and art director in the South African advertising sector.

Also known as R!OT, his work has been published locally; exhibited at International Biennial Poster Exhibitions and he has collaborated on projects which have won Cannes Lion awards. The Johannesburg based graphic artist, tackles some of Africa’s most pressing issues in the form of visual art. His work primarily consists of a pencil, ink, pastels, gauche, acrylic and digital media fusion, to create a subversive ‘street’ style. His work has been showcased locally as well as far afield as New York, London, Berlin, Madrid, Teneriffe, Zagreb, The Vitra Design Museum, The Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City.

With a portfolio that comprises local and international brands, he is a member of The South African Mint Design Advisory Panel, The Loerie Awards Communication Design judging jury for 2017, has been part of the Design Indaba mentorship programme, The Botswana based Ideas Expo judging jury for 2014, The African representative for Icograda’s 50th/World Communication Design Day showcase 2013, as well as an ISS (International Security Studies) Alumni from the African Centre for Peace & Security Training in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

Sulet Jansen
Creative Director, Switch
Johannesburg

I am Creative Director at Switch. Over the past 14 years I’ve had the privilege of working on brands such as Coca-Cola, MTN, Investec and SAA. A recent highlight is a new cosmetics range for Kelso. I have judged twice at the Loerie Awards, and once at the Cannes Lions, the latter being a personal highlight. I also like shiny things, and have won 4 bronze Loeries for identity design and a silver Loerie for publication design.

I am passionate about design, especially great concepts, beautiful packaging, architecture and craft. At the core, design that surprises and delights in the simplest way makes me happy. I am looking forward to seeing work that makes a big statement in a simple way. If it gives me that “I wish I've done this” kind of feeling it is normally a good sign. In my free time I still enjoy making mud pies - some call it baking. I also compete in ‘crazy’ trail runs, and sometimes even a triathlon or two. I get a thrill from doing side-projects, and believe that it is crucial to push yourself (apart from your 9-5) in order to grow and stay curious.

Tsepo Makate
Senior Art Director, Metropolitan Republic
Johannesburg

With over 13 years in Advertising, Tsepo Makate brings more than just experience to the industry, but also his love for design and passion for crafting. A Graphic Design graduate from the University of Johannesburg he’s had the opportunity to design and shape local and international brands like Virgin Money, Sasol, Castle Lite, Nandos, Jack Daniels, MasterCard, Coca-Cola, FNB and MTN.

His unique style of merging design and illustration and a strong conceptual strategy is what makes him one of the best Graphic Designer/Art Director in the country. When asked, what is his one key driver for success, Tsepo replied: “Life is design & design is life".

Veejay Archary
Executive Director, Black Africa Group

Johannesburg

Stanger born, Durban trained and Mauritius based, Veejay Archary is a founding partner of Black Africa Brand Consulting based both in Jozi.

From the murky world of brand design to the boardrooms of African businesses, Veejay has made a career out of seeing the point and pointing the way. Fortunately for the rest of us, the good life in Mauritius has not clouded his critical eye nor softened his cynical style. 

Vumile Mavumengwana
Creative Director, VM DSGN

Johannesburg

Vumile Mavumengwana has been sharpening his skills and expertise in Visual Communication for well over ten years. Working on a wide range of brands and disciplines, he sees himself as an integrated Creative with a keen focus on Design. He has worked for some of the country’s top creative agencies; Ogilvy, The Jupiter Drawing Room, Black River F.C and Joe Public as a hybrid Art Director & Designer, growing rank to Creative Director of Design at M&C Saatchi Abel - where he was part of the integral team that established the M&C Saatchi brand in South Africa.

He’s been working independently as a Creative Specialist for the last two years, partnering with brands, clients and agencies - consulting in Branding, Packaging, Publication, Visual Identity and Product Design. He judged Cannes Design Lions earlier this year, "... an enriching experience being exposed to international design, big brave thinking, masterfully crafted." He is honoured and excited to be judging the Loeries once again and looks forward to seeing human-centric work that is innovative and disruptive with a slant towards making our world a better place for all into the future