Ian Mackenzie
Executive Creative Director, FCB/SIX
Canada

Across 15 years in the business, first as writer then creative director, Ian has worked at the forefront of digital and creative innovation. During that time, his work has earned more than 100 international awards for creativity and effectiveness, including One Show, D&AD, Clios, Webby Awards and a total of 17 Cannes Lions.

In 2014, he was ranked #1 Copywriter in Canada in Strategy Magazine’s Creative Report Card. Ian was also co-creator and writer of the influential “Our Food. Your Questions.” radical transparency platform for McDonald’s, which started in Canada then rolled out globally.

While at Tribal DDB, Ian was selected to receive direct and formal creative director training from industry legends Keith Reinhard, Amir Kassaei, Bob Scarpelli, Matt Eastwood and Lisa Bennett. As creative leader of the data-driven creative agency FCB/SIX, Ian recently led a project for PFLAG Canada (“Destination Pride”) that went on to become the most awarded Canadian campaign at the 2018 Cannes Lions – and the second most awarded campaign in Canadian history.

Major clients have included Honda, AB/InBev, Cadbury, Taco Bell and BMW.

 

Megha Dutta
Creative Director, DDB
Nairobi

With a career spanning 15 years, Megha Dutta has worked across two of the most challenging, complex and dynamic economies - India and Africa. She has worked with Ogilvy, Y&R, JWT and DDB (both in India and Nairobi). 

Her work has been recognised for creativity and effectiveness at both international and regional awards across both markets. She has been awarded at Cannes, Young Guns, Effie’s, SOAA, AAAI and Cristal making her a Creative Director within the first 7 years of her career. 

As one of very few women Creative Heads in Kenya, she champions the agenda for inclusion and representation in advertising.

Fouad Abdel Malak
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\RAAD

Dubai

With over 18 years of experience in the region, Fouad is currently serving his second stint at TBWA\RAAD, Dubai as Executive Creative Director, after holding the creative helm at BBDO, Dubai for 4+ years. His career highlights include key business wins and leading some of the most awarded teams in the region, as well as working on sought-after brands like: Nissan, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Infiniti, Pepsico, Emirates Airlines, MARS, Daimler-Benz, GE, among other notable names.

We think of his work as provocative, yet driving business results, scoring the agency: multiple Grands Prix from Integrated to Direct to Innovation, and Golds’ at major award shows on Louvre Abu Dhabi, Nissan, SCB, Domino’s, MARS, Merc, MTV Arabia and many others, from Cannes to the Dubai Lynx and beyond. Fouad loves to challenge the norms, a “disruptor” by nature, most passionate about integrated innovation and was named among the top 3 best Executive Creative Directors in the MENA Region, according to the official B&W 2017 Report, helping propel his agency to win both Agency and Network of the Year at the 2018 Dubai Lynx, with a record 8 Grand Prix.

Ahmed Tilly
Executive Creative Director, FCB Africa
Johannesburg

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Ahmed Tilly was born at the Coronationville Hospital in Johannesburg, grew up in Polokwane, studied in Johannesburg, lived in Lenasia EXT 1, moved to Cape Town for 6 years before settling back in Johannesburg.

Tilly has worked at a supermarket at the cigarette counter, at a clothing store called John Craig selling shoes, folded a million t-shirts as a casual at Edgars, did a stint as a switchboard operator and stood outside a pharmacy selling plastic kids sunglasses. Needless to say, his dream to become a pharmacist died a disappointing death. His focus shifted to architecture but he failed miserably at studying science. Realising that this dream too had died, he moved back to his very 1st love… words.

As a copywriter, Tilly worked at agencies like Lindsay Smithers, Publicis, The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town and TBWA/Gavin Reddy. In 2005 he started Black River FC where he created some of the country’s most provocative, most memorable, most audacious, most South African work for brands like Nando’s, MINI, 1st for Women, VUZU AMP and Channel O. In 2016 he joined FCB as Chief Creative Officer, the same year he was recognized as “The Most Admired Creative Boss” by marklives.com

As far as awards go, Ahmed thinks he’s won at pretty much all the major award shows but he’s not sure. See, he has never kept a record of the awards he’s won because he’s never looked at statues as a validation of success.

 

Archie Malinga
Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather
Johannesburg

Archie Malinga is a Creative Director at Ogilvy Johannesburg. He holds a Diploma in Visual Communication and Integrated Marketing. Studied at the AAA School of Advertising. He started his advertising career 11 years ago at The Jupiter Drawing Room. 4 years later he moved to FCB, in 2013 to Joe Public United as a senior Art Director and the Chairman of the Jnr Exco.

Throughout his advertising years, he managed to accumulate some prestigious local and international awards such as: Cannes Lions, One Show, Clio, Loeries, Promax, World Press and Pendorings. He has judged at the Loeries Awards on numerous occasions, Print Media Students Awards as well as The Creative Circle Ad of the Month and by the way, he has also ran 4 Comrades Marathons.

Cameron Watson
Creative Director, King James
Cape Town

Starting out as an art director, Cameron is now a creative director at King James Group, Cape Town. During his career he has worked across many of South Africa’s industries, allowing him to share sets on location with a F1 world champion at a racetrack and a UN water engineer in a remote Ethiopian village. The results of these and others have created some brand defining work, earning both local and international awards and even a permanent, internationally recognised day in the annual calendar.

With a focus on integrated, smart ideas he feels that communication can change the way people live their lives, but first it has to be understandeable. Simplicity is the key. Major clients have included SAB, Sanlam, Santam, Johnnie Walker, British Airways and New Balance.

Karin Barry-McCormack
Co-Founder, Nick&Barry
Cape Town

Karin is a Fine Art Ceramics major-turned-Art Director, with 20-something years of advertising experience under her belt. She has worked at some of the best South African agencies on a huge array of big brands: Land Rover, BMW, Audi, Levi’s, Lindt, Wonderbra, Huggies, Amstel, Castle Lager, Johnnie Walker and Ballantine’s Whiskies. She has worked on investment banking for Allan Gray and Sanlam, as well as insurance and life cover. And motor oil, cheese, milk, yoghurt, wine, tea, supermarkets, tomato sauce, mobile telecommunications, the national electricity provider, low-cost airlines and two small countries.

After 16 years in agencies, Karin and her copywriter, Paige Nick, started a very small agency of two, Nick&Barry: Proud Members of the Old Boy’s Club. Karin has judged The Cannes Awards, The Clio’s, The Busan ADstars (South Korea) and is often present on The Loeries Awards judging panels. Along the way she has also collected her fair share of awards at Cannes, Clio’s, D&AD, The One Show, Art Directors Club, The Midas Awards, as well as many Loeries Awards, including 2 Grands Prix. Although, it must be said that her greatest creation to date must be her platoon of Nerf® Snipers: Jack, Connor and Riley.

 

 

 

Kirk Gainsford
Chief Creative Officer, MullenLowe
Cape Town

Bio pending

Nkgabiseng Motau
Co-Founder & Creative Director, Think Creative Africa
Johannesburg

Nkgabsieng Motau holds a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Brand Communication. During her studies, she was awarded a gold Pendoring for the branding of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital which is currently the hospital’s official branding. Nkgabiseng began her career at Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg working on brands such as DStv and Cell C.

She has also worked at FCB Africa on brands such as Old Mutual, Wimpy and Coca-Cola for which she has won numerous awards. She has also served on judging panels for Creative Circle, Pendorings and Nestle Art. She has recently been appointed to the EXCO board of the Creative Circle. Nkgabiseng is Co-founder and Creative Director at Think Creative Africa working with clients such as Adcock Ingram, Italtile and Amka.

Roanna Williams
Executive Creative Director, Joe Public United
Johannesburg

Roanna Williams sees the world as one big canvas. By applying the imagination, you can create magic. With over twenty years’ experience, after working for some of South Africa’s best advertising agencies, she now resides with Joe Public United, South Africa’s largest independent advertising group as Executive Creative Director. She is instrumental in driving the creative output for clients such as South African Breweries, Nedbank and McCain.

She has won numerous local and international awards, including Loeries, Cannes Lions, Apex’s, One Show Pencils and D&AD’s. She has been a judge at Cannes and served on numerous Loeries and Creative Circle panels. She is also the curator, co-editor, creative director, designer and publisher of Migrate magazine. In between thinking of ideas, publishing a magazine and embarking on numerous personal projects, her ultimate ambition is to inspire her four daughters to grow up to be strong, creative and confident women in a very exciting world of boundless opportunities. She is also very passionate about the participation, growth and advancement of women in the advertising industry in South Africa.

Shane Forbes
Creative Director, TBWA\ Hunt Lascaris
Johannesburg

Shane has been in the ad game for over 16 years and is currently a Creative Director at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris. He has been lucky enough to collaborate with and be mentored by some of the sharpest minds in our industry. In the process he’s worked on clients like MTN, KFC, Investec, Durex, Flight Centre and DSTV, to name a few. His work has received global recognition from Cannes Lions, D&AD, The One Show, Clios, the New York Festivals and The Loeries.

He is obsessed with sub-cultures and spends his spare time finding inspiration from graphic novels, films, podcasts and music. He played for the band Pestroy for over 16 years and even opened for Metallica once. But the thing that he is the most proud of is his cat Harvey. No seriously. You should see his cat.