DStv Seminar of Creativity details to be announced

The DStv Seminar, which takes place during Loeries Creative Week, offers advertisers, marketers, designers and all members of the creative industry the opportunity to attend a gathering of top global leaders in brand communication

Held at the Durban ICC and featuring international speakers who will share their insights into current and future global trends. Thabang “Tipi” Manyelo (multi-awarded copywriter) will lead proceedings. Speakers include the Loeries Jury Presidents, a partner of one of the biggest creative thinking agencies in the world and a creative that has collected more than 150 awards. This is the only opportunity of its kind for our creative community to be directly exposed to such international thought leaders. There will also be additional speakers still to be announced.

South African companies attending the DStv Seminar of Creativity are able to include their spend in their BEE Scorecard. To find out more click here.

MC and Seminar speakers:

Thabang “Tipi” Manyelo
Master of Ceremonies

Thabang “Tipi” Manyelo is a multi-awarded copywriter with a plethora of awards that range from countless Loeries (including the 2017 Young Creative Of The Year), Pendorings, Cannes Lions, a campaign D&AD Pencil, and South Africa’s first One Show ‘Best Of Show’ in the Radio Discipline.

He has featured on most of South Africa’s loved ads as a Voice-Over Artist. Here, is a guy with an endearing spirit, a malleable voice, ready to take the communication industry to new heights, and this year's DStv Creative Seminar MC.

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.

View Nedal's seminar here


Katja Thielen
Co-Founder, Together Design

London-based Katja Thielen is the Design Jury President for the Loeries 2019. Katja co-founded Together Design in 2003 and she brings an impeccable eye and over 20 years of design experience to the judging team.

Katja’s collaboration-driven agency has produced engaging and beautiful work for diverse and interesting clients, including designing for some of the world’s best loved British brands: Fortnum & Mason, Caffè Nero, Roald Dahl, Gordon’s Gin, Peter Rabbit, the Museum of London and five stamp collections for the Royal Mail. She has vast experience across both B2B and B2C markets.

Katja’s skills don’t end with traditional advertising. In 2013, Together Design launched Perfectly Put Together, an online store selling beautiful oddities, each unique and wonderful. This retail adventure has helped Katja to further understand the market and her clients. She loves the challenge of developing emotional connections, crafting personality and creating new brands – making her even more passionate about consumer brands and the industry as a whole.


Ralf Heuel
CCO and Partner, Grabarz & Partner

Ralf Heuel is the OOH, Live and PR Jury President for 2019. Ralf is CCO and Partner at Grabarz & Partner, in Hamburg – the agency he co-founded as a junior copywriter in 1993. At that time, the company comprised just five employees. Today, Ralf has made the agency one of the most creative in the country, with over 300 staff, and has repeatedly catapulted Grabarz & Partner into the top five of the most creative German agencies.

Grabarz & Partner is responsible for the domestic and international accounts of Volkswagen, Porsche, IKEA, Burger King, EURONICS, and Melitta.

Grabarz & Partner has been named one of ‘The World’s Leading Independent Agencies’ and ‘Agency of the Year’. It has been ranked as the number one creative agency in Germany and the most decorated German agency at several international award shows. Ralf and the other managing directors of the agency have been titled as the ‘Men and Women of the Year’ in the Agencies category, and at the same time, Ralf was awarded ‘Creative Leader of the Year’ by the Lead Academy, an award for which he was also nominated in 2012.

The current Big Won Report lists Grabarz & Partner at number 13 of the most creative in the world. The agency also came second in the German 2018 creativity ranking of w&v magazine. And, in 2017, Grabarz & Partner was Germany’s most successful independent agency at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and voted Eurobest’s ‘International Independent Agency of the Year’.

View Ralf's seminar here 

Tara Mckenty
Creative Director, Google APAC

Tara Mckenty is our Google Digital Communication Jury President for 2019. She’s known for challenging and disrupting the status quo using her creative mind and mediums for social good, and has collected over a hundred awards during her advertising rebellion.

After casting a career in politics aside, Tara found her calling in the halls of Whybin\TBWA Auckland. It was here that she was named in Campaign Magazines Top emerging talent portfolio. Her Saatchi & Saatchi era was equally as decorative and the think-tank where she created a children’s book for OPSM testing children’s eyesight, a campaign that was recognised by the WARC 100 as the most effective in the world in 2016.

Tara now finds herself at Google where she thinks up smarter, creative uses for Google’s products and platforms for some of the biggest clients. Her work has included reuniting lost dogs with their owners for Pedigree, building immersive story-time platforms for Disney, creating LIVE AR space experiences in living rooms for the ABC, and co-founding the diversity initiative RARE supported by D&AD.

View Tara's seminar here

Ravid Kuperberg  
Partner, Mindscapes

Born in Israel, acquiring Mediterranean roots, and raised in Denmark as a child, gaining some Viking DNA. Currently traveling the world as a structured creative thinking trainer, helping agencies and brands turn their creative thinking skills into efficient thinking skills. Suggesting structured thinking tools which add logic to the magic of creative thinking in brand communications.

Ravid has been a partner at Mindscapes – a creative thinking-training agency, since 2012. Mindscapes is active in more than 30 markets worldwide and in recent years, over 30 Cannes Lions, including 3 Grand Prix Lions, were won by clients trained by Mindscapes.

Ravid is a former advertising professional with 14 years of experience in strategic planning and creative development. Before becoming a creative director, he began his career as a strategic planner and then copywriter. He is a frequent speaker at international marketing conferences and advertising festivals. Including recurring appearances at the prestigious Cannes Lions Festival. Most important of all (for Ravid), he is also an aging yet youthful goalkeeper at a local amateur football club.

View Ravid's seminar here


Manuel Bordé 
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\RAAD

Born in Miami, USA, Manuel has been working in advertising since 2006.

Prior to his career with TBWA\RAAD Dubai as a Creative Director, Manuel was a Creative Director at DDB offices in Puerto Rico, Panamá and Colombia and a Copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather Colombia.

In the last two years alone, he has created and led work that has collected more than 150 awards at the Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clio Awards, One Show, Dubai Lynx (including 7 Grand Prix), London International Awards, New York Festivals, Loeries (including a Grand Prix), Epica, Cristal Awards (including 2 Grand Prix), MENA Effie Awards & WARC Awards (including a Grand Prix).

Manuel has been on the jury panel for the New York Festivals, AdStars and Fiap. In 2017, he was part of the first TBWA\Master Gunners and was named the #1 Creative Director in the MENA Region by the B&W Report and the Big Won Rankings in 2018.

View Maunel's seminar here

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See the speaker videos from our DStv Seminar 2019 thought-leaders:

2019 Speakers (Click on a name to view the video presentation): 

Nedal Ahmed
Senior copywriter, 72andSunny

Katja Thielen
Co-Founder, Together Design

Ralf Heuel
CCO and Partner, Grabarz & Partner

Tara Mckenty
Creative Director, Google APAC

Ravid Kuperberg  
Partner, Mindscapes

Manuel Bordé 
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\RAAD

See the speaker videos from our DStv Seminar 2018 thought-leaders:

2018 Speakers (Click on a name to view the video presentation): 

Fabian Frese
Chief Creative Officer, Kolle Rebbe

Ian Mackenzie
Executive Creative Director, FCB/SIX

Mzamo Masito
Chief Marketing Officer, Google Africa
South Africa

Lethepu Matshaba
Vice President Homecare Southern Africa, Unilever
South Africa

Sebastian Padilla
Co-founder, Anagrama

See the speaker videos from our DStv Seminar 2017 thought-leaders:

2017 Speakers (Click on a name to view the video presentation): 

Götz Ulmer 
Chief Creative Officer
Jung Von Matt
Hamburg, Germany

Keith Cartwright 
Executive Creative Director
California, USA

Luc-Olivier ' Luco' Marquet

South Africa

Markus Maczey
Chief Creative Officer
Plan.Net Group
Munchen, Germany

Pum Lefebure
Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer
Design Army
Washington DC, USA

Weera Saad
Head of Creative Shop

See the speaker videos from our 2016 thought-leaders:

2016 Speakers (Click on a name to view the video presentation): 

Jimmy Smith
Chairman, CEO, CCO
Amusement Park

Los Angeles, USA

Bridget Jung
Digital Creative Director
Marcel Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Laura Jordan-Bambach
Creative Partner
Mr President

London, UK

Susan Credle
Global Chief Creative Officer

New York, USA

Debra Mallowah
Vice President: Personal Care

Nairobi, Kenya

Sarah Personette
Vice President: Global Business Marketing

New York, USA

Marco Cremona
Google Creative Lab - Lead
Moscow, Russia

See the speaker videos from our 2015 thought-leaders:

2015 Speakers (Click on a name to view the video presentation): 

Chris Clarke
Chief Creative Officer
DigitasLBi International

Ali Ali
Film Director

Stan Sthanunathan
Senior Vice President CMI

Steve Vranakis
Executive Creative Director
Google Creative Lab

Ji Lee
Creative Lead 
Facebook Creative Shop

Chuck Porter
Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Tim Lindsay
Chief Executive Officer

See the speaker videos from our 2014 thought-leaders:

2014 SPEAKERS (Click on a name to view the video presentation): 

Patrick Baron
Executive Creative Director
McCann Australia & O’ Melbourne

PJ Pereira
Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder
Pereira & O’Dell 
San Francisco

Rob Newlan
Head of Europe
Facebook Creative Shop
Middle East and Africa

Stephen Doyle
Creative Director
Doyle Partners
New York City

Yaw Nsarkoh
Managing Director

John Vlismas
South Africa

See the speaker videos from our 2013 thought-leaders:

2013 Speakers (Click on a name to view the video presentation): 

Debbi Vandeven
Chief Creative Officer
Kansas City

Geoffrey Hantson
Executive Creative Director
Duval Guillaume Modem

Gotz Ulmer
Executive Creative Director
Jung von Matt

Jason Little
Creative Director

Marijn van Tiggelen
Executive Vice President
Unilever Africa

Tim Horwood
Creative Director
Viacom International Media Networks

Graham Warsop, Founder and Chairman
The Jupiter Drawing Room
South Africa