Jury President

Nedal Ahmed
Senior copywriter, 72andSunny

Meet our Film and Radio Jury President, Nedal Ahmed. Nedal is a senior copywriter at 72andSunny in Amsterdam, whose portfolio includes “The Talk”, the 2018 Cannes Lions Grand Prix and Emmy-winning film for Procter & Gamble, which offers an insight into the realities of racism in America.

Nedal was born in Libya to Sudanese parents, and lived in Egypt and Yemen before immigrating to the United States at age 11. She received degrees in marketing and advertising from the University of North Texas, where she graduated magna cum laude. She spent four years at BBDO New York, before moving to 72andSunny in 2019.

Nedal’s other work includes: “Mama Said Knock You Out”, a spot from Chase featuring Serena Williams; and #OneGoodReason, an anti-smoking campaign for CVS, which was subsequently praised by Michelle Obama.

Nedal is currently featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 – Marketing and Advertising 2019, and The Drum x 50 Under 30 US Women in Advertising. She has eight Cannes Lions to her name, five One Show Gold Pencils and nine D&AD pencils.

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.

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.

Claudi Potter
CD, Joe Public United

Bio pending.


Devin Kennedy
ECD, King James Group
Cape Town

Bio pending.


Grant Sithole
CCO, Avatar

Grant Sithole is the Chief Creative Officer at Avatar. He has previously worked at FCB, Ogilvy and Bakone on various brands in sectors including but not limited Telecoms, FMCG and Banking . Awarded both locally for creative excellence, Grant also recently hosted his advertising radio show/podcast Gman The Adman on Cliffcentral.com

Karin Barry
Founder, Nick & Barry
Cape Town

Bio pending.

Mbeu Kambuwa
Senior Writer, FCB

Bio pending.


Molefi Thulo
ECD, Ogilvy Johannesburg

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.