Jury President

Tara Mckenty
Creative Director, Google APAC
Sydney

Tara Mckenty is our Google Digital Communication Jury President for 2019. She’s known for challenging and disrupting the status quo using her creative mind and mediums for social good, and has collected over a hundred awards during her advertising rebellion.

After casting a career in politics aside, Tara found her calling in the halls of Whybin\TBWA Auckland. It was here that she was named in Campaign Magazines Top emerging talent portfolio. Her Saatchi & Saatchi era was equally as decorative and the think-tank where she created a children’s book for OPSM testing children’s eyesight, a campaign that was recognised by the WARC 100 as the most effective in the world in 2016.

Tara now finds herself at Google where she thinks up smarter, creative uses for Google’s products and platforms for some of the biggest clients. Her work has included reuniting lost dogs with their owners for Pedigree, building immersive story-time platforms for Disney, creating LIVE AR space experiences in living rooms for the ABC, and co-founding the diversity initiative RARE supported by D&AD.

Elad Gaizler
Creative Director, Leo Burnett 
Israel

As Elad Gaizler was about to start his career in finance, he was given the opportunity to change paths and start as a digital copywriter at a local digital agency. He took the plunge, quickly developed a passion for advertising and later on transferred to McCann Tel Aviv. After three years at McCann, Elad moved to Leo Burnett Israel, where he currently serves as a Creative Director.

Over the past eight years, he has had the chance to work with big local and international brands, including Samsung, Burger King, Honda, Domino’s Pizza and many more. Elad has experience working with clients from a wide range of industries – from food to fashion, alcohol and cars (not simultaneously), ecommerce to banking and everything in between. His work spans different disciplines, including brand experience and activation, brand engagement, direct, social media, PR, integrated, film and more.

Elad has received awards for his work at ADFEST, New York Festival, One Show, Clio and the Webby Awards, among others.

 

Oje Ojeaga
CEO/CCO, Up in The Sky Nigeria
Lagos

Oje Ojeaga has more than a decade’s experience as a creative professional. As a Copywriter, he has won over 50 Advertising Awards in Nigeria, Africa and the United States for work done for clients across a distinguished professional career. A Lawyer by training, he has a gift with words and the ideas that they inspire. He has been on the jury twice for the Pitcher Awards, West Africa and is on the Jury panel for Ad Stars in Busan, Korea 2019.

He is the CEO/CCO of Up in The Sky Nigeria, a young Agency that has been listed 11th on the Loeries 2018 ranking of agencies in the Middle East and Africa region (excluding South Africa).

Jacquie Mullany
ECD, VML South Africa
Johannesburg

Jacquie is a writer of words, lover of ideas, and a trainer of unicorns. She began her journey as an art director, did some coding, then fell into copywriting as she moved her way TTL. In addition to having her work recognised at multiple award shows, she has also had the honour of judging a few of them as well. She is fluent in three languages, including Emoji and Giphy and has made herself at home as Executive Creative Director at VML South Africa. 

Veli Ngubane
Co-founder and Group MD, Avatar
Johannesburg

A strategist turned creative, Veli is the co-founder and Group MD of Avatar. Avatar is part of the M&N Brands network, a holding company with diversified investments in leading advertising, media and communication businesses. 

Veli serves as Advisory Board Chairman at the Red & Yellow School, sits on the IAB’s Transformation & Education Council, is a DMA Board Member and has judged the Loeries, Apex, Bookmarks, PRISM, Pendorings and AdFocus Awards. 

He was also named in this year’s Mail & Guardian Top 200 South Africans. Veli holds a BSocSci (Politics, Economics & Law) from UCT and a postgraduate Marketing & Advertising diploma from the Red & Yellow School. 

A born entrepreneur taking advantage of the two very economies he was exposed to, Veli is also a brand man (his experience includes BMW, Apple and Investec), deeply committed to disrupting and challenging the advertising industry, “Just being black is not enough; we need black- owned and managed agencies to be world class.” 

Constantly learning, constantly innovating, 36-year-old Veli has also learnt the pitfalls of success, “I have learnt that one must define what success means to oneself, as there is a great danger with conforming to the one society creates.” 

 

Tseliso Rangaka
ECD, Ogilvy Cape Town
Cape Town

Bio pending.

 

Brendan Arries
Senior Developer, HelloFCB
Cape Town

Along side my partner Iain Alaman we operate as Heads of Development  to run the development offering of HelloFCB+.

In addition I operate as Creative Technologist, partnering with our creative team to deliver digitally-led solutions and consumer experiences clients need to meet their brand and business objectives.

I've been a developer for 9 years, working with various forms of technology on various project types. From making use of my skills in I.O.T, SEO, Development Architecture, User Experience and Front End development.

 

Daniel Pinch
ECD, King James Digital
Cape Town

Bio pending.

 

Dee Chetty
Design Lead, Accenture
Johannesburg

Dee Chetty is the Lead for Accenture Interactive: Africa. His career has spanned across technical, product design, digital marketing and experience design roles both locally & abroad.  

Elizma Note
Regional Marketing Manager, Facebook
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

 

Germari Steenkamp
Head of User Experience, VML Y&R
Johannesburg

Germari started her career in digital in 2010 after completing a degree in BA Communications (Graphic Design) at the North-West University. Immediately thrown into the practice of User Centered Design as a junior digital designer, she played the role of UI and UX designer for 3 years before making the decision to focus on User Experience alone. Having been mentored by some of the best in the business, she has designed and defined solutions for retail, automotive, logistical and financial clients alike. Since joining VML SA in 2015, her project count includes brochure websites, transactional prototyping, various self-service solutions, campaign sites and e-Commerce and consistent usability testing, to name a few. Leaning into the evolving UX industry she is building out experience consulting and agile project team practices. While she manages a team of powerful UX designers across various clients, she does her part to contribute the mentorship of new UX'ers as well.  

 

Justin Gomes
ECD, FOX P2
Cape Town

Bio pending.

 

Kalliebree Neale
Head of Social Media, Joe Public United
Johannesburg

Kalliebree has over a decade of digital and social media experience. She is the head of social media at Joe Public United and is responsible for guiding the agency’s overall social excellence. She leads a team of social media managers working on a range of brands, including Chicken Licken, Anglo American, AB InBev, Nestle, Revlon and Jet. Whilst working as head of digital at Meropa PR & Communications, Kalliebree developed the award-winning social campaign and platform #RatherbeinMauritius for Mauritius Tourism SA.  

A key highlight of her career was being the social lead on the Volvo Car relaunch and turnaround strategy in South Africa.

Linda Farr
Operational Country Head for South Africa, IncuBeta
Cape Town

Bio pending.

 

 

Lloyd Wybrow 
Head Of Social Media, Digitas Liquorice
Durban

With over 10 years’ experience in the digital marketing industry with a focus on social media, I’ve had the privilege of working across many verticals on several of the largest brands in Africa. A dedicated leader I’ve worked with Vodacom, Nedbank, Unilever and Distell to name a few, navigate the challenges and opportunities of the social media era of marketing through strategy, content production, community management and insights. As a pioneer in the industry, I helped to provide thought-leadership, industry reporting and research, while being a guest speaker at numerous digital and social media conferences that push the boundaries of social media understanding in South Africa while forging new frontiers. I continue to have the honour of judging numerous industry awards that recognise and acknowledge the great work that continues to inspire and motivate me to challenge the status quo.

Lorraine Landon
Head Of Agencies, Google
Johannesburg

LorraineLandon is the Head of Agencies at Google and it is her job to make sure that the agencies in South Africa are excited about partnering with Google to explore the best business and creative solutions for their clients. 

Before joining Google 4 and a half years ago, she worked as a Digital Media strategic consultant to agencies, after 6 years within the media agency space. She is a committed digital advocate, playing an active role in digital education across agencies, as well as getting involved in programs where people are introduced to job opportunities within the digital space. Strategy (media, marketing, and communication) is her passion and luckily, at Google she is given the opportunity to indulge this on a daily basis. 

 

Lucas van Vuuren
ECD, The Jupiter Drawing Room
Johannesburg

Lucas van Vuuren began his career in design, but made the switch to art direction to satisfy his love of storytelling, film and big concepts. 

With 17 years experience in the ad industry, Lucas has worked at some of the best agencies in the country, and has won a raft of awards, nationally and internationally. 

Lucas has been at the Jupiter Drawing Room for 10 years, and his experience across the agency’s brands is a massive benefit to the creative studio’s newer arrivals. 

His experience, knowledge, and attention to craft is applied across the agency’s brands, empowering creative teams to make the most of every brief and every project.

Lucia Maseko
Head Of Brand Integration, Nike
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

 

Melissa Attree
CD, Ogilvy Cape Town
Cape Town

Melissa Attree is a Creative Director at Ogilvy Cape Town, where she has specialised in digital, social and PR work for the past 11 years.  

Over the past 22 years, Mel has worked on both client & agency side in the market, PR, content strategy & creative spaces. She’s worked on: ABSA, ABInbev, Adidas, Audi, Coca-Cola, Dove, 5FM, KFC, Gumtree, MasterCard, Mondelez, Nando’s, Nedbank, SAA, Tiger Brands, Tracker, Toyota, Unilever, Vodacom, Volkswagen and Woolworths. Mel is a thought leader in the Social Media space in SA and is regularly invited to present at public conferences. 

 

Melissa Carney
Head of Digital, Ogilvy Johannesburg
Johannesburg

Currently heading up Digital for Ogilvy, I am a Digital Native with a 15+ years’ experience. I have worked in media and publishing building digital products, and now work in advertising developing digital solutions for clients. Skilled in Digital Product Management, Data and Analytics, User Experience Design and Platform Development.  

 

Mpumi Ngwenya-Tshabangu
Creative Group Head, Network BBDO
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

 

Nicola Taylor Garrett
CD, TBWA Hunt Lascaris
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

Nomacala Martha Mpeta
Head of Learning, Digify Africa
Johannesburg

Nomacala Mpeta is the Head of Learning at Digify Africa. In the 3 years that she has been there, she has trained over 5000 people in digital marketing skills which range from basic to professional level. She has also managed and developed various digital marketing training programmes for DG Murray and Facebook supported programmes at Digify Africa - to name but a few.   

She has built up her reputation in the industry as a Digital Marketing Specialist with 8 years experience working with international brands such as Anglo Platinum, BMW, SAB (ABinBev) and Huggies." 

 

Ntsikelelo Nukwa
ECD, Mortimer Harvey
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

 

Ricky Hendricks
Digital Marketing Manager, Tencent Africa 
Johannesburg

Ricky has always enjoyed creating things - whether they're great ideas or amazing stories, once they're out there it makes him feel all warm inside.

As Digital Marketing Manager, Ricky is responsible for how Tencent products are represented and marketed online in Africa. For context, Tencent in 2018 was one of the ten largest companies in the world.

From marketing, creative concept, production and digital media strategy to global media partner management, he’s the one that ensures Tencent is a pioneer within digital and can continue to innovate. Ricky co-founded award winning entertainment website MyCityByNight and has previously held senior positions at global agencies Ogilvy and Vizeum, so has deep digital marketing experience.

One of the brands he’s responsible for is JOOX, the music streaming app taking Africa by storm.

Thibedi Meso
ECD, House Of Brave
Johannesburg

After completing a BA in Graphic Design, Thibedi went on to pursue a career in Copywriting. He landed his first job as a copywriter at M&C SaatchiAbel, where he spent two years before moving on to JWT and TBWA Hunt Lascaris. He then went on to join Black River FC in February 2015, where he has made his home and the work he’s most proud of, some of which has been recognised at One Show and Loeries.