Matt Ross
Group Executive Creative Director, King James Group
Johannesburg

Matt Ross is among a handful of Executive Creative Directors globally who have led agencies to #1 rankings on three different continents. Matt’s love of original, ground-breaking ideas and technologies have taken him across the globe to create multi-award winning campaigns and products.

Currently, he is the Group Executive Creative Director of the King James Group. The Group has been ranked in the Top 10 Independent Agencies in the World, Agency Of The Year in Africa and #1 Agency in South Africa on multiple occasions. He is an active investor in technology companies - from start-ups to blue-chips. Matt also sits on the Creative Circle Exco, the industry’s most senior creative leadership council.

He has been named as one of the global Advertising Age’s Creativity 50, the annual global list of the most influential and inspiring creative personalities across the world and won numerous awards
including gold at Cannes, One Show & D&AD.

Graham Deneys
Group Strategy Director SA and SSA, Carat
Cape Town

 
Graham is responsible for the overall strategic output at Carat – he leads the development of Media and Communication Strategy, as well as support and direction for in-market team strategies across the continent. He has won a number of industry awards for his work in South Africa and the Sub-Saharan region and is a regular contributor and guest lecturer within the industry. He also designs and runs bespoke strategy training and innovation sessions for both clients and agency partners across multiple African markets.

 

Dale Mullany
Innovations Director
TBWA Hunt Lascaris

 
Dale started his career in advertising as a Graphic Designer, moved into Art Direction, and now heads up the Innovation Department at TBWA Hunt Lascaris.
Over the years, his creative mind and strategic outlook have helped shape him into one of South Africa’s best problem solvers.

In addition to winning multiple local and global creative awards, Dale’s work has been recognised in the Cannes Game Changer book; a book that highlights the world’s best advertising over the past 60 years. To be considered game changers, creatives cannot simply just change the way consumers think about a brand, they must also shape the way the ad industry works.

Dale spends his spare time heading up Happy Lab - a product development start-up that aims to help humans thrive - with his creative partner Keith Manning.

 

Dawn Rowlands
CEO
Densu Aegis Network Sub-Saharan Africa

Dawn made her mark in world of media and fast became one of the youngest media entrepreneurs in SA. Having built and sold two businesses before the age of 35, she is an accomplished female leader. Dentsu Aegis Network has given her the opportunity to develop the African Region, which has been an amazing journey from 40 to over 1500 passionate people.

She has been responsible for the growth of the SSA Network expanding the footprint in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania taking DAN SSA from 5 owned markets to 10 in just 6 months. DAN now has offices in Mozambique, Zambia, Uganda, Senegal and Ivory Coast. She has been strategic in expanding Dentsu Aegis Network’s vision of being 100% digital by 2020 going from almost obscurity in the market.

She has gained local and global recognition for her leadership winning The MOST Awards Media Legend 2019. In 2018 DAN SSA won the Financial Mail Africa Impact Award. Dawn received the AdReview Advertising Achiever of the Year 2012 and she won a Gold Stevie Award for Maverick of the Year 2012. In 2013 she took the Access International BusinessWoman of the Year. Dawn has served to the board of the Loeries for 2019 and 2020 and was appointed as co- chair for the Adweek Africa Advisory Council.

Wife and mother of two amazing boys, she Dawn cares deeply about the promise we make to consumers and clients in the region.