Yash Deb
Chief Creative Officer & Managing Director, Isobar

"Advertising is like penicillin. It may cure some things but there are better remedies out there now."

Art lover, book hoarder, idea generator, knowledge seeker, award winner and an experienced agency nomad who helps brands align with their consumer’s passions through the power of ideas.

Yash is a 30 year old, award-winning creative professional currently living and working in Nairobi, Kenya. Yash has had the privilege of working on some of the world’s most loved brands with some of the world’s biggest agencies and at inspiring creative shops over the past 12 years. He is currently the Chief Creative Officer and Managing Director at Isobar Kenya. In the last 3 years, he has set up the creative department and played a pivotal role in winning and servicing all the accounts that are currently at the agency. The work they have done has seen Isobar ranked as the No.1 Creative Agency in Kenya by the APA Loeries.

Sarah Berro
Executive Creative Arabic Writer, Impact BBDO

I started my journey in advertising in Dubai in 2004.  14 years on, working as a creative writer, I enjoyed my fair share of success in creating regionally relevant campaigns for clients like Emirates, Mars, KFC, Johnson's, Pepsi Co, Amazon, Google and NGOs like Red Cross, "Law 3andak Dam" and 28TooMany. My work has been recognized at award shows like the D&AD, the One Show, Cannes Lions, Loeries, Dubai Lynx and EFFIES among others.

Dawn Rowlands
CEO, Dentsu Aegis Africa
Cape Town

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. ​ 


Devin Kennedy
ECD, King James Group
Cape Town

Bio pending.


Matthew Barnes
ECD, Ogilvy

Bio pending


Peter Gabriel Khoury
Chief Creative Officer, TBWA \ HUNT LASCARIS
South Africa

Peter Khoury is currently the CCO of TBWA\Hunt Lascaris and the Chairperson of the Creative Circle - the highest decision-making body for advertising creativity in South Africa. He sits on the Loeries Board – Africa and the Middle East’s premier advertising award show and also sits on the FaceBook Creative Council for the EMEA Region.

He joined TBWA\Hunt Lascaris in 2000, where he launched the BMW 6 Series global campaign and repositioned Sasol as a company of infinite possibilities. He also worked with TBWA\Chiat Day to launch the Pedigree Worldwide “We’re for Dogs” campaign in 2004/2005. In 2007 he played a pivotal role in starting hotshop MetropolitanRepublic. As ECD he helped change the global lexicon forever by leading his team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup “Ayoba” integrated campaign for telecom provider MTN.

In 2014 re re-joined TBWA\Hunt Lascaris as CCO, with the intention of taking South Africa’s most iconic agency to new heights. He has already guided the agency to Best Individual Agency in South Africa in 2015 and 2018 and to South Africa’s first ever Webby Awards. He has accumulated well over 250 statues at local and international awards shows. His work is also featured in Cannes Lions Game Changers – The Evolution of Advertising, The Good Report and multiple times in the elusive Gunn/Warc Report.

Peter has also sat on various local and international awards juries including Cannes Lions, The One Show, Loeries and Ciclope Africa. In 2018 Peter was named as the most admired creative leader in Johannesburg in the annual Agency Leaders poll by Marklives.

In addition to Advertising, Peter has used his creative energy to formulate his own clothing/lifestyle brand, Zero One One and has also dabbled in the movie business as a creative and marketing consultant to local film “Stone Cold Jane Austin” and the DSTV series “Ayeye".

Ryan McManus
CCO, VML South Africa

Bio pending.


Suhana Gordhan

Bio pending.

Vaughan Croeser
Brand Director, ABINBEV Africa

Vaughan joined the South African Breweries in 2003 and has over the last 16 years built a strong track record of delivering excellent business results in the fields of sales, trade marketing and brand marketing. He joined the Castle Lite brand in 2012 and was instrumental in the development of integrated campaigns and communications that won numerous marketing awards and doubled the brand’s sales. Vaughan is currently the Brand Director of Castle Lager for the Africa region and has overseen several award winning campaigns including #SmashTheLabel, #OneNationOneBeer and #HomeGrown. 

Xolisa Dyeshana
CCO, Joe Public United

Xolisa Dyeshana is a Chief Creative Officer and partner at Joe Public United. His passion lies in the world of creativity and it’s evident in the many accolades he’s received, both locally and internationally.

Xolisa is currently ranked as the joint most creative CCO in Africa and the Middle East. He is the former Chairperson of the Creative Circle - the highest decision-making body for advertising creativity in South Africa. He served as Chairman of The Loerie Awards, South Africa’s premier advertising awards show and he also sits on the international board of the One Club, the premier advertising show in the United States.

He has won numerous creative awards in his career, from Cannes Lions, D&AD’s, One Shows, Loeries and many more. One of his personal highlights was opening the 20th annual Design Indaba Conference, along with founding member of Joe Public, Pepe Marais, in 2015. Xolisa has been named one of the Top 6 People To Watch In Advertising by Finweek and has sat on the juries of almost every renowned advertising award show around the globe.

More than anything else though, Xolisa is passionate about creating social change through communication and he’s been part of many industry efforts and interventions set up to help young people from underprivileged backgrounds gain access to the communications industry. He was also one of the creative minds behind the creation of Brothers For Life, one of South Africa’s biggest and most successful behavioral change campaigns.