Jury President

Alan Kelly
Copywriter, CD, ECD and CCO, Rothco
Ireland

Alan has been at Rothco for 10 years as copywriter, CD, ECD and now CCO. During that time Rothco, part of Accenture Interactive, has become Ireland’s biggest and most successful creative agency, working with some amazing clients and brands. Along the way Alan has won Lions,D&AD and One Show pencils, Grand Clios and the prestigious Grand Prix in Cannes. He has also judged at Cannes Lions, D&AD, Dubai Lynx, LIAs, One Show, & Clios.

Gregory King
Integrated Creative Director, Promise
Johannesburg

Gregory began his career running his own digital creative & development firm where he produceddigital campaigns & online platforms for the likes of Wrigleys, Energiser, local insurance companies and consumer data organisations. He later joined digital agency Gloo in 2011 where he had the opportunity to work within a growing & talented team, leading on brands like, FNB, MINI, Nivea, South African Tourism and KFC. After several successful years, Gloo merged with Ogilvy South Africa where he headed up Ogilvy’s creative innovation team, spearheading integrated & special projects, most notably; KFC’s SoundBite Music platform & The World ’s First Baby Marathon for Huggies. Gregory has won many awards at local and international shows including Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Bookmarks, Apex as well as 2 Loeries Grands Prix. He is currently an Integrated Creative
Director at Promise, a fast-growing independent agency.

 

Innocent Bila
CEO, Kinga Global
Johannesburg

Innocent is widely regarded as one of Africa’s foremost thought leaders in digital and customer experience design. He is the founding chair of the Lore Institute of digital marketing (which has collaborated with bodies like the IAB to design, develop and deliver strategic digital marketing courses to some of the country’s top independent learning institutions. He also founded The Imaginashun Group, which owns 50% of Kinga, South Africa’s premiere experience design agency where he currently serves as a Chief Executive Officer. He often lecturers at some of the top independent brand and marketing as well as business schools in South Africa. He has also previously served as a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s transformation and education councils.

 

Mpumi Ngwenya-Tshabangu
Founder and Creative Director, 88 Eleven Concepts
Johannesburg

Founder and Creative Director at 88 Eleven Concepts over the past 10 years, I've been fortunate enough to do that with big and small agencies alike—from Ogilvy and FCB to leading South African brands like Telkom as an Associate Creative Director and Google Africa. In my years as an Art Director who also dabbles in writing, I've overseen integrated advertising campaigns across emerging channels, TV, radio, print, digital, and social platforms. In working directly with clients I've developed strong relationships to deliver strategic and emotionallyresonant creative that also successfully achieves business goals.

I'm very passionate about creating content for digital and social media, which lead me to start an online platform called "Missposhglam". I also run a foundation called the Missposhglam Foundation, which runs a distribution program that provides underprivileged female learners and women with sanitary towels to help keep them in school. We currently collect over 40 000 pads a month to help keep more girls in school.

Jacquie Mullany
Executive Creative Director, VMLY&R 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. She has worked on many brands over the past 16 years, including Standard Bank, Nando’s, Adidas, Appletiser, City Lodge Hotel Group and McDonald's.

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.

Most importantly, she is fluent in three languages, including Emoji and Giphy, and has made herself at home as Executive Creative Director at VMLY&R South Africa.

 

Munyaradzi Nyikavaranda
Head: Digital & Marketing Analytics, Standard Bank (SA)
Johannesburg

Munyaradzi is software engineer turned digital analytics specialist with 16+ years in
digital. His in-depth understanding of business, digital, data strategy and software
development helps him effectively drive value at different levels of the business value
chain.

Throughout his career, he has developed & rolled-out large scale digital-data
architectures for different organizations, which have helped generate 2,5+ billion in
digital revenue and improve marketing efficiencies by over 25–35%.

In 2018, Munyaradzi set the record for orchestrating the quickest (global) large-scale
Salesforce Audience Studio (DMP), completed in 4 months, for the Standard Bank Group which won him the Marketing Top Performer Award in 2019.

In 2013 he bagged 2 Loeries & 2 Bookmarks for work on the World’s Largest Interactive Mailer and Top Performer in 2014 at FCB/Hellocomputer.

Some of the brands he has worked on include Standard Bank, ABSA, Barclays,
Multichoice, Toyota, Jägermeister, Boschendal, Hino, Cadbury, Cell C and SAVCA.

 

Martin Magner
Creative Director, Ogilvy Social.Lab
Cape Town  

If you can handle me at my Instagram, you can get me at my LinkedIn. I’ve taken the scenic route through this industry and found myself in a position with a stunning 16-inch MacBook Pro surrounded by incredible minds locally and globally. We don’t need another headline telling us about this unprecedented time that was thrust upon us, what we do need are ideas that can create real change. We are living in a time where being creative has never been more powerful. My goal is to authentically place brands in the centre of culture through inclusive storytelling and value creation programmes. I believe we should be aiming to build platforms over campaigns and place the trust in the hands of the youth. If you can harness the power of youth, you can change the world.

 

Mnonleleli Mbabala
Visual Design Associate Manager, 
Accenture Interactive, Johannesburg

Mno is a Visual Designer with 9 years of industry experience. He has worked with some of South Africa’s top brands from both agency and client side. His background is in Digital Art Direction and Product, UX/UI Design. He draws inspiration from research, cultural observations, and the latest design trends and applies critical thinking and his passion for engaging visual concepts to craft innovative, user-centred design solutions. Mno is a firm believer in supporting young talent and dedicates time to mentoring junior creatives. In his current capacity at Accenture, he contributes to experience and product design.

When he is offline, you’ll find him building calluses from playing basslines!

Ally Behr
Creative Director, MakeReign
Cape Town

Ally is a Creative Director and Interface Designer at MakeReign, a product design studio based in Cape Town. Over the last 9 years she’s helped launch digital experiences, products and services for both start ups and internationally recognised brands, with a mission to make a difference by building brands and products that add value. She creates digital experiences for clients (with a focus on Interface Design, Art Direction, Interaction Design, and UX) and enjoys experimenting with interactive design trends and typography in her personal capacity. 

 

Chris Querido
Owner and Creative Director
Sonar Studios

Chris Querido is an award-winning music composer, producer and sound designer. As the owner and creative director of Sonar Studios, his work has been recognised numerous times at Cannes, D&AD and the Loeries. In addition to his work in film and TV, Chris is the creative force behind the enigmatic music artist ZYO, who recently had a number 1 hit on South African radio. Before being involved in film and advertising, Chris worked with Paul McCartney, N*E*R*D, Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol, Oasis, Kanye West, Mumford & Sons and Bloc Party (to name a few), during his 7-year stint working in the music business in London.

 

 

Germari Steenkamp
Head of CX
VMLY&R

Germari heads up the Customer Experience and User Experience teams within VMLY&R South Africa, advocating deep human understanding and designing solutions that meets real needs, for businesses and customers alike. With more than 10 years in the experience industry, she finds design thinking never gets old, and loves collaborating and learning from a vast set of clients and industries. At home she is an animal mom, with a passion for traveling and new experiences.

 

Asha Patel
Head of Marketing 
Google, South Africa

Asha Patel is Head of Marketing for Google South Africa and Head of B2B Marketing for SSA. She is a digitally savvy brand builder with over 16 years of emerging and developed market experience.

Asha has spent 9 years with Google and, in addition to her time in Marketing, has led global brand relationships with Unilever whilst at Google UK, and local and regional relationships with brands and agencies whilst at Google SA.

Prior to joining Google, Asha was one of the founding members of the Digital Marketing team at Standard Bank Group where she established their web and mobile presence, driving digital and mobile marketing across the bank's 18 African operations. Before this Asha worked in various B2B and B2C marketing roles at Primedia subsidiary, The Mobile Games Company.

Asha holds degrees in Informatics, Honours Cum Laude in Business Management, and multiple Henley and Wits Business Schools certifications.

She has been recognised as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, is a One Young World Ambassador and a member of the UN's Unstereotype Alliance. She serves on Adweek Africa's Advisory Council as well as the Marketing Achievement Awards Council.

Her great loves are family, reiki and meditation and she has recently become a mother for the second time.

Angie Hattingh
Head of Digital Strategy
Ogilvy

Angie Hattingh is a digital strategist who was once a creative director. She has extensive digital experience having worked on results driven and award-winning campaigns locally and into Africa across industries with a number of brands including: Carling Black Label, Audi, FNB, MTN, GSK, and Durex. She has a great passion for understanding humans and our interactions with brands, ideas and technologies.

 

Kalpesh Patankar
Chief Creative Officer
VMLY&R, MENA

Kalpesh is Chief Creative Officer of VMLY&R, MENA where he was named amongst one of the top 10 Global Agency Leaders by ADWEEK.
Over the past decade Kalpesh has consistently been one of the most effective and awarded creatives in the region. 

He helped create campaigns such as Coca-Cola "Hello Happiness" as well as celebrated work for Harvey Nichols, Landrover, Colgate and many others. 

Prior to VMLY&R, he was in Asia with Saatchi & Saatchi Mumbai and Ogilvy Singapore.

At Saatchi & Saatchi his work for Procter and Gamble made him the No.1 Ranked creative in India and the agency to be the most awarded in the year 2000. 

Kal has been named as one of the "Creatives to Watch" multiple times. In Cannes Lions, VMLY&R Dubai become Agency of the decade - MEA in 2020.
He is also a member of VMLY&R's Global Creative Council.

Ntsikelelo Nukwa
Executive Creative Director
NUKWA

Currently hold the title of Executive Creative Director (ECD) at NUKWA dealing with innovative art direction, design, copy, strategy, digital and ect. My wealth of experience has been garnered at some of leading South Africa’s top agencies across a wide range of local and multi-national brands, which range from beverage and FMCG to financial services, telecommunications and automotive. 

During my career, I have served as an integral part of various creative teams whose accolades include a Gold Media Lion Cannes Awards, One Show Awards,a Roger Garlick Gold Award, several Gold Loeries, The Bookmarks Awards, Assegai Awards, Pendoring Awards and I have recently been invited to be an international guest judge at the Ad Stars awards in South Korea and as well as being invited to judge at the Loeries 2020. Just done The One Show Online Portfolio Review 2020 judging.

On weekends you’ll find me at record shops, sharing music with my friends or in my garden of love having a braai with a glass of red wine. Kamnandi."

Wendy Moorcroft
Senior Writer

Wendy began her career as a copywriter in Johannesburg and now works in Cape Town. She has been a copywriter and creative director at agencies in both cities, including TBWA Hunt Lascaris, JWT and Ogilvy. She also spent five years teaching copywriting students at the Red & Yellow School before becoming a freelancer in 2015. Wendy has judged several South African awards shows and has represented South Africa on international awards show juries, including Cannes Lions and Clio. Her industry accolades include Loerie Grand Prix, Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Art Directors Club, Clio, and Creative Circle.

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Adepoju Bakare
Co-Founder / Executive Director 
Beyond The Visual

Award-winning Strategist, Digital Experience Enthusiast and Business Management Professional with extensive knowledge in innovation strategy, enterprise solutions design, integrated brand experience development, advertising and marketing communications, digital experience creation, business development and management.

Adepoju Bakare is  what you get when you blend a tinge of Albert Einstein, a dash of J.R. R. Tolken and sprinkle it with a dose of Mark Zuckerberg. He creates magical moments that help brands find their essence and tell their stories, thus yielding returns on marketing investments and building cathedrals in the minds of audiences.

He's done this for several brands and businesses such as MTN, Airtel, Frieslandcampina Wamco, Microsoft, MultiChoice, Lenovo, and SABMiller to mention but a few. His career has seen him directing Digital and Strategy departments at renowned agencies such as AquaOnline and Noah’s Ark Communications, while establishing startups such as The RedWOI.F Company (Noah’s Ark’s digital agency) and Beyond the Visual, a new kind of ICT (Interactive Creative Technology) studio that focuses on creative storytelling, content production and deployment of everyday, lifestyle mobile apps for fun, entertainment and commerce.

He is a digital marketing specialist, integrated marketing professional, brand experience strategist, and a creator who combines wisdom with magic and the knowledge of in-depth consumer insights with the visions of an entrepreneur, thriving on information, trends and technology.

Agisanang Masekela
Head of Content
DSTV Media

Dumela, Sawubona & Hello. My name is Agisanang Masekela and I'm a specialist in combining strategy, systems and storytelling to make brands matter. I enjoy mining insights and tackling business problems through engaging, user-centric solutions. I have been fortunate enough to work in a wide array of industries like fashion, television, FMCG, travel & tourism, automotive, telecommunications and banking - winning numerous awards along the way. I currently work in the broadcast media / entertainment industry where I look into ways in which people can find great content to watch.

Mpumi Guliwe
Creative Director
Ogilvy SA

Mpumi is a Creative Director at Ogilvy SA in the JHB Office. He is driven by craft, rich insights and humour. When he is not at work, Mpumi is either making, mixing or finding genre bending music.

 

 

 

Thibedi Meso
Executive Creative Director / Partner
Brave Group

Thibedi is an Executive Creative Director (Partner) at Brave Group which includes 5 specialist agencies.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design and has over 12 years of experience as a Copywriter; a time in which he has built an impressive portfolio of work on brands such as Standard Bank, Nissan, Mazda, Discovery Life, M-Net, Metropolitan, OLX and Sowetan to name a few.

With a few awards won both locally and internationally, his proudest moment is still that one time his grandmother bragged to her friends about a TV commercial he made for Discovery Life: “Ela ya makgoa a go bina ko lenyalong”.

 

 

 

Vanessa Klevansky
Creative Director
Ogilvy

After gaining a degree in Fine Art, Vanessa Klevansky did an about turn and began her career in advertising as a copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather Rightford Searle-Tripp and Makin in 1995. Twenty five years later, Vanessa’s journey in the South African ad industry includes roles as Creative Director at diverse agencies including Aqua, FCB, as well as holding the position of Executive Creative Director at Ogilvy’s Brand Activation. She now finds herself at Ogilvy for the third time in her career, in her current role Creative Director. With extensive experience in all aspects of advertising, Vanessa brings experience, badly drawn scamps, and a penchant for great writing to the table.

 

 

 

Emma Drummond
Creative Group Head,
King James Digital

You know the feeling when everyone is singing happy birthday to you and you don’t know where to look or what to do with your hands? That’s how Emma feels about writing her own bio. But this is not about her, this is about the great things the Loeries team are doing that Emma gets to be involved in; like judging the Digital Craft Writing entries this year. So let’s drop the third-person bs and get to it, shall we?
I used to write poems and give them to my parents. Then I asked them to pay me for said poems. So it makes sense that both writing and marketing have stayed a big part of my life.

Working in digital for the past 12 years (gotta sneak the tenure in there) has taught me that the most interesting things about what I do often having nothing to do with the work or the awards (not-so-subtle humble brag). They have to do with the people and the crazy, stupid and brave things we do in an industry that evolves through craziness, stupidity and bravery. The rest you can find on LinkedIn. Or just ask me? I’m much better in person than Emma is in third-person.