Jury President

Dawn Rowlands
CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network sub-Saharan

Dawn Rowlands, CEO Dentsu Aegis Network sub-Saharan has unsurpassed experience and expertise in the marketing, advertising and media industries in sub-Saharan Africa. Rowlands has been responsible for the growth of the SSA Network expanding the footprint in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and in the final phases of finalising Uganda. She has been strategic in expanding Dentsu Aegis Network’s vision of being 100 % digital by 2020 with a number of acquisitions in the pipeline. Under her leadership the Network has seen immense growth across SSA and continues to be a leader in the industry. ​

Dentsu Aegis Network has gone from almost obscurity in sub Saharan Africa under Dawn’s guidance to having 10 owned businesses across SSA. Dentsu Aegis Network SSA has seen rapid growth, growing from only 7 businesses in 2010 to representation in over 51 Markets and over 1500 talented people, with $400m worth of billings collaboratively. Dentsu Aegis Network’s offering includes brands such as; Carat, Vizeum, Isobar, iProspect, Amnet, MKTG and John Brown across the SSA region. Dawn has continued to lead the market with innovation - the biggest one has been the conception.​

Dawn has played a pivotal role in Dentsu Aegis Networks Thought Leadership Programmes, hosting monthly Thought Leadership events. She has gained local and global recognition for her leadership and innovation and has been named Business Woman of the Year 2012, Maverick of the Year, Innovation Through Technology Awards for the Dentsu Aegis Network Thought Leadership Digibates in Africa, a global STEVIE award for both her personal marketing performance and the Digibate concepts, has served as a judge at Cannes Lions and Cristal Media Festival Awards. She has also been appointed as the South African President of the Global Marketing Network (the only woman to be appointed from the African continent). In 2016 she walked away with the title of Communications CEO of the Year for Sub Saharan Africa for the CV Magazine's African Corporate Excellence Awards.​

Dawn is a mother of two, a founding partner of NotaBene, and the founder of Posterscope SA – leaders in the Out of Home arena. From a personal perspective Dawn has set very clear goals for the company and keeps linking these to their overall vision and values. She has however accentuated one value, Ambition, to ensure that everyone knows and buys into where Dentsu Aegis Network is heading. Her personal ambition is for Dentsu Aegis Network to be the leading communications network in Africa. ​

Panel TBC shortly.