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. ​

Joel Rao
CEO, Iporspect East Africa

Bio pending.

Russel Eni
CEO, Insel

Bio pending.


Ahmed Tilly

Tilly has worked at a supermarket cigarette counter, for a clothing store selling crocodile skin shoes, has folded roughly a million cotton t-shirts at national fashion retailer and stood outside a pharmacy selling plastic kids’ sunglasses. He even did a stint as a switchboard operator.

As a copywriter, Ahmed worked at several agencies. In 2005 he co-founded Black River FC, the little advertising agency that created some of the country’s biggest, most provocative, most memorable, most South African work for brands like Virgin Money, Nando’s, MINI, 1st for Women Insurance, VUZU AMP and Channel O.

In 2016 he was recognized by his peers as “The Most Admired Creative Boss” in South Africa. Later that year he joined FCB Joburg.

Tilly has Judged the Loeries’ Awards since 2002. He was appointed to the judging panel for Cannes Lions in 2015 and served on the New York Festivals panel in 2019. He was appointed as an Exco member of the Creative Circle in South Africa from 2012 - 2018. In 2016 he was appointed to the board of the Association for Communication and Advertising in South Africa. He has been voted a Top 10 Creative Director, for 5 consecutive years by his peers.

As far as awards go, Ahmed recently was on the credits for the “Best Foreign Film” award at One Screen. He thinks he’s won at all the major award shows but he’s not sure. He has never kept a record of the awards he’s won because he’s never looked to statues as a validation of success. Instead, he has focused his energies on trying to create work that is loved and spoken about by the people. His other great passion is the continued strife for the transformation of a previously male, white-dominated industry into a more diverse and representative one. Aluta Continua!


Andrea Quaye
VP: Marketing Africa, ABINBEV Africa

Bio pending.

Donald Mokgale
General Manager/Managing Director, Posterscope SA
Cape Town

I am a young strategic thinking and creative individual who loves pushing the boundaries when it comes to excellence. I am currently working as a General Manager/Managing Director of Posterscope SA, with an oversight function into SSA and have 12 years’ experience in the media and advertising industry. I recently received an award for Best Brand for Posterscope SA at the CMO Asia awards in March 2019. I have a plethora of strengths, which I combine to add value to absolutely everything I am part of. I am exuberant and passionate about thought provoking aspects of life and innovation. I am also a speaker, professional MC, Poet and director of my own business called Puns And Things Pty Ltd (www.punsandthings.co.za). In 2016, I went to Ghana to launch the Posterscope Ghana office. In 2017, I relocated to Kenya to manage the business there and then moved back to South Africa in 2018 to lead the Posterscope South Africa office.

Joao dos Santos
Co Founder & CEO, Sunshine Agency
Cape Town

Bio pending.

Kerry Friend
Founder, Bear Season

Bio pending.

Lwandile Qokweni
MD, Wavemaker South Africa

In 2003 Lwandile was appointed by FCB Cape Town as a Media Strategist, he served in this role for 2 years working on accounts such as Parmalat and  Distell. In 2005 FCB Cape Town established Headspace, a specialist department  responsible for the development of brand communication strategies for FCB’s Client base,  Lwandile was chosen to be part of this new venture as a strategist on the Distell and Shoprite Group accounts.

In 2005 After 3 years at FCB Lwandile decided to move on to Ogilvy as a media and communication strategist on the Volkswagen, Sasko & Castle Larger (9644) accounts.  In this role he was responsible for the development of brand and communication strategy  for Old Mutual, Volkswagen,  Schweppes, Valpre, Castle Light & BP accounts.

In October 2008 Lwandile was offered a role working for Ogilvy South Africa  as a senior media and communication strategist under Rob Hill working in Johannesburg . In this role he worked on brands such as SuperSport, Nike,  The Automobile Association, Old Mutual, BP, Volkswagen, FIFA CONFED Cup & Dulux.

After  5 years at Ogilvy in search of a new challenge Lwandile joined Carat as a Senior Media Strategist and Business unit head in Johannesburg  in August 2009 where he run accounts such as Old Mutual, Iwyze, Just fun Group, Cell C Retail.

In 2011 Carat appointed Lwandile to the position of Sub Saharan head of Strategy / Media Manager, in this role Lwandile was  given two task, (1) Servicing and growing regional clients Procter and gamble (west Africa), MTN Ghana,  COCA COLA (KENYA & BNLS) and Nokia  Sub Saharan Africa, (2) Maintaining partner agency relationships in the countries as well as identifying and mentoring key individuals in these offices.  In 2013 April he was promoted to Managing Director of Carat in JHB managing a team of 18 individuals and 20 clients with a billing / Turnover of R 400 000 000.

In 2015 Lwandile decided to leave Carat his home for 7 years to pursue a new journey with Group M as Strategy Director at MEC South Africa . In 2016 he was promoted to the position of Managing director until 2018 when the group merged Maxus and MEC into one company Wavemaker, at this point Lwandile was promoted to Ceo.

Lwandile offers a unique combination of media skills(current consumer understanding) and brand strategy skills (future consumer understanding ) which gives him a great view of Current consumer behaviour and the ability to predict the best possible way to take advantage of this behaviour.

Sadika Fakir
Media Head, FNB

Sadika Fakir, Media Head at FNB is a firm believer of integrated and seamless marketing communications that focus on the customer. “As marketers, we are responsible for standing for more than just sales of products and services. We need to have a part of making the world a better place and help improve the lives of the customers as the brands we represent whether as agency or corporate.” With an ever-evolving customer base and shifting media landscape, she knows we must consistently reinvent our approach to market - taking customer shifts and nuances into consideration.

She is captivated by the power of the media (she met her husband online) and believes it suits her disruptive approach to work. After a four-year stint in a similar role at Nedbank, she joined FNB as Media Head in September 2017. Prior to the green bank, she notched up ten years at numerous agencies building her integrated strategic media experience totalling more than 14 years’ experience within integrated channel strategy and advertising.

Growing up, her dad was the only accountant on the South Coast, with a targeted offering for SME’s. She learnt from her father that entrepreneurship and seeking opportunity is key. It’s the kind of thinking that prompted Sadika to pitch working for no income at the beginning of her career to gain valuable experience at TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris where she started did multiple projects within the role of a Research Analyst which started the journey her understanding and passion for media arts, customer passion points and fundamental philosophy of Disruption.

Sadika stresses the importance of personal development and learning. It’s important to remain curious to future proof oneself in these changing and erratic times. She is currently studying towards her Honours in Marketing and is a designated Chartered Marketer through the Marketing Association of South Africa. Sadika is exceptionally passionate about mentorship, education and career development. She is a guest lecturer and assessor for the AMASA Media Management for Brand Building at Vega whilst mentoring students and individuals within the media and advertising industry.

Her personal goals include building on her passion for food, teaching her children the skill of photography (she is a self-taught photographer), creating awareness around the rehabilitation of pit bulls and big cats, and just generally making the most of every minute of the day. Time is the most precious commodity, we need to use it wisely and identify our bigger purpose and use every day to accomplish it step by step.

Steph van Niekerk
CD, Grey

Steph has been honing her skills as an integrated creative at some of South Africa’s most iconic agencies for over 19 years. She have won every local and international award several times and her highlights include a Gold Pencil for TV at the One Show, a Gold Lion for Film, a Gold  Campaign Lion for Radio and the first ever  film Grand Prix for a branded content series at the Loeries in 2018. She is passionate about making integrated, insight-driven work that moves people and explores the human condition in all its beauty, imperfection, fragility and hilarity. She is currently a Creative Director on the Distell business at Grey Africa.