Throughout her career that started in 2006 at BBDO, Marie-Claire has worked with an extensive portfolio of both international and MENA brands. Some notable names include; Mars, J&J, PepsiCo, Essity, Van Cleef & Arpels, Reckitt, Annahar Newspaper, among others and she worked on multiple initiatives and Pro bono projects driven by her purpose to add value and better the life of others, one idea at a time.
Marie Claire work has earned numerous awards in most international and regional shows including Grands Prix at Cannes and the only Yellow Pencil by D&AD for the Mena region in 2022. She got ranked as the third Most Awarded Executive Creative Director globally and the top-ranked professional in the region by The Drum World Creative Rankings in 2023 and stands among the top 3 most outstanding women in Advertising and Media in MENA for 2022.
In 2019, she was also earned the esteemed title of ‘Next Creative Leader’ by the 3% Conference and The One Club for Creativity in Chicago.
President and CEO of DDB Latina (USA, Latin America, and Spain) -
Multi awarded at Cannes Festival, El Ojo de Iberoamérica, Crema and Effies USA and Latin America. Under his creative leadership, DDB Latina has won more than 160 Lions at Cannes International Festival of Creativity in the last six years.
Former President of Leo Burnett USA.
Author of "Shorts/Cortos", a book trilogy about creativity and life, written on a smartphone @ 30,000 feet above the ground.
Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum @Davos.
Swati Bhattacharya has taken emotional storytelling for brands to a level where they break free from the constraints of media formats platforms and speak to consumers as ideas that make an impact on their lives; her ideas reflect the deep conviction that it is the ‘responsibility of brands to inspire people to create the kind of world they deserve.”
Breaking barriers and defying conventions, Swati Bhattacharya made history as India's first female Chief Creative Officer (CCO) when she joined FCB.
Under her leadership, FCB India has won more than 160 global recognitions and awards, the latest being the first-ever GOLD LION in the Industry craft category by an Indian agency until now. FCB India also won the GRAND CLIO in 2023 under Swati’s leadership for their globally renowned campaign ‘Chatpat.”Her work has transformed FCB India’s creative reputation making it the most awarded agency in the country and also becoming Adweek’s International Agency of the Year in 2022.FCB India won India’s First Fusion Pencil at the coveted One Show 2022 for their campaign, The Nominate Me Selfie’ for Political Shakti. Swati led the award-winning campaign ‘UNBOX ME’ for UNAIDS was recognised as a global campaign by the United Nations which advocates for the rights of transgender children. It aims to raise awareness among parents, teachers and society about gender identity during childhood.
Today, Swati Bhattacharya is renowned for her unique perspectives, unwavering convictions, and ground-breaking work promoting gender sensitivity. Her contributions have reshaped the advertising industry and inspired meaningful conversations and transformations on a global scale.
Chief Creative Officer, Rob Lambrechts works closely with brands to create campaigns that engage audiences and speak to culture. An Emmy Award-winning writer, Lambrechts oversees all creative, production and design work across the agency. He has helped build and refresh iconic brands, including Anheuser-Busch, Adobe, MINI, Stella Artois, The Ad Council, Zelle and more.
Natasha is Snr. Director of Creative Strategy at creator commerce agency Whalar. In this role, Natasha leads creative strategy for the EMEA region.
With over eight years of experience building meaningful relationships with clients, Natasha has developed engaging creative content and standout campaigns. Prior to joining Whalar, Natasha served as Creative Strategy Director at Bauer Media UK, where she helped book brand campaigns with Channel 4, Renault, UKTV, Smart Energy, and many others, resulting in over £16 million worth of revenue. Before that, she was Head of Client Services at Truffle Social, where she played an instrumental role in helping to grow the business in its infancy. Natasha has also held other positions at MarketTap and Broadgate Estates.
An awarded professional with over 15 years of experience in the advertising industry. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina moved to Miami, US in 2019. A bilingual copywriter with extensive regional experience creating and executing campaigns for global brands for US Hispanics, South American and Caribbean markets.
From Rio de Janeiro, for the past 15 years, working in advertising as AD, ACD, and CD. I'm working in the advertising industry across three different countries, receiving international and local recognition for my work along the way, like Top 5 Best Creative Director in UAE and Top 10 in the whole region and some award festivals such as Cannes, One Show, New York Festivals, DandAD, Lynx, Effies, Clio, FastCo., El Ojo, among others.
Matei Curtasu is a Romanian Executive Creative Director with over a decade of experience in the advertising industry.
Throughout his career, Matei has worked with some of the world's most influential global brands, including Google, Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Netflix, Amazon, IBM, AT&T, CNN, Coca-Cola, P&G, Unilever, and Hornbach. He has held positions at ad agencies in New York, Berlin, Moscow, Hamburg, Bucharest, and Copenhagen.
Meet an exceptionally talented Sri Lankan Creative Director, currently extending his exceptional creative expertise to the esteemed DDB Mudra Group in Mumbai. Hailed as the number #1 Creative Director and Individual creative in Sri Lanka by Campaign Brief Asia.
He has an impressive track record of winning multiple major awards shows both locally and internationally, including Spikes Asia, Adfest, One Show, ADC, D&AD, Ad stars, The Work, Epica, Effies, and One Show Asia, PHNX Awards and many more. His outstanding achievements have been further recognized by winning the South Asia's Young Achiever of the Year at Agency of the Year Awards. His ability to consistently deliver outstanding creative campaigns has made him a sought-after name in the advertising industry, both in Sri Lanka and beyond.
Tres is a group creative director at Droga5 New York where he leads the Meta global account along with various other bits and bobs. Prior to New York he has done advertising stuff in Los Angeles, Dubai, London and Beirut.
Gustavo Lauria is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of We Believers.
During his career, he put a special focus on creating advertising that goes beyond advertising,
looking for brands to generate a real impact in people's lives and in the world.
As a result, he's won more than 300 international awards, including 2023 Independent Agency of the Year at The Clio Awards, 2022 Independent Agency of the Year at Cannes and 2022 Creative Agency of The Year according to Adage, as well as a Titanium Lion at Cannes, a Grand Prix at Clios Sports, a Green Pencil at One Show and White Pencil at D&AD.
Amy Carvajal, who is Code and Theory’s first-ever Chief Creative Officer, has made her mark championing innovation, collaboration and inclusion in the creative field for more than 20 years.
Carvajal’s passion for innovating and solving tough business challenges has earned her over 90 industry awards. She believes that passion drives changes and creativity provides us with a unique opportunity to shape brands and persuade culture. Her bold approach has led cross-agency and discipline teams and developed innovative creative solutions across all platforms and media channels.
As Chief Creative Officer at Code and Theory, she leads all creative globally for the digital-first creative agency with offerings in marketing and communications, product design and development, and branding and identity. She supports some of the world’s biggest brands such as Amazon, TikTok, Microsoft, NFL, JPMC, and Diageo, to name a few. Prior to Code and Theory, Amy held coveted global and integrated creative team leader roles at Wunderman Thompson, Publicis, and Organic.
Amy's work has been featured in major publications including Ad Age, Contagious, Adweek, The New York Times and Taschen Books. She continues to be an outspoken advocate for increasing female leadership within creative industries and leads one of the most diverse creative teams in the field.
With a dedication to craft, Kat keeps raising the bar. It's no wonder he has been awarded at international shows including the D&AD, Cannes Lions and The One Show. Since then, he has been a juror for international award shows.
A veteran integrated creative now based in China, Kat spent the earlier part of his career honing his craft in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. He even took a one-year sabbatical to work as a set art director in Los Angeles. Agencies include Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi, Dentsu and Leo Burnett.
Currently at AKQA, Shanghai, he is the Creative Lead & Head of Art for Nike, Jordan and Lancôme.
A designer by trade with a specific passion for typography and branding. Progressed through various design roles into creative leadership, looking after global accounts.
From there I moved into a more studio / production leadership role as ops director for the agency , managing teams in multiple countries and time zones.
Finally landing on the ECD role, overseeing the output for the entire agency, shaping the creative strategy for the business.
Oh and I designed the worlds best studio along the way.
Emma Hopkins is a creative - leader, strategist, advertiser, designer, writer, runner, hiker and mother (to a sausage dog called Roy). She is known for trailblazing with warmth and humour in the creative industry. Currently working at Spotify Advertising, her role is an amalgamation of creation, co-creation and consulting helping agencies and brands best utilise Spotify’s advertising suite. Prior to Spotify, Emma started out in agency land before joining Twitter and Snapchat where she developed creative campaigns, products, and ideas for global brands.
Sarah Lefkowith is a writer and Creative Director, born in Los Angeles and based in London. She was one of the creatives behind Sport England’s “This Girl Can” campaigns and UEFA’s #WePlayStrong global launch, as well as campaigns for a range of clients including BMW, the Home Office, easyJet, Coors Light, O2, and Merlin Entertainments. She has been a key member on multiple agency innovation teams and a long-time advocate for diversity and inclusion on both sides of the camera. As a result, she has been awarded a number of industry accolades, such as a place on the One Club's Next Creative Leaders, Campaign Magazine's 30 Future Creative Leaders, the BIMA Hot 100, and a few Lions and Pencils - including the inaugural One Club Fusion Pencil.
For the past 16 years, I’ve found beauty in whatever I'm working on. Be it credit cards, shipping companies or cream cheese I'll spot what makes it special. A simple idea is all you need. Well, a simple idea and some good-looking work to bring it to life. Formerly at BBDO, Dentsu, FCB, and VCCP. Freelancing my way through the summer. Let's work together!
Sara is a Creative Director at Ward6 Singapore. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, her breadth of work spans across consumer healthcare and wellness, beauty, automobile, petrol, wireless broadband providers, real estate, and more. Her work has garnered multiple accolades from the likes of Cannes Lions, LIA, Spikes, and Adfest.
Born in the bayou, Armani Barron is an acclaimed creative within the advertising, film, and event industry. With experience ranging from commercial to narrative work, she has immersed herself in a variety of styles and projects. Some of her notable projects include leading experiential creative development for brands like Jim Bean, Meta, and Google. She has also worked as a production designer for dozens of commercials for clients both large and small.
Matt pushes the creative limits of 72andSunny by helping lead our commitment to experimentation with art, technology, and entertainment. He’s a born tinkerer, and is always looking for new ways to create opportunities with all of our brand partners. Matt’s passion for partnership has produced unlikely collaborations— including rallying millions of girls to code holiday trees on the White House’s lawn with Google, and turning the Tinder app into an interactive adventure that led to IRL matches which recently won the Cannes Grand Prix in Entertainment.
Rogelio, born and raised in Mexico City, is responsible for Instacart’s marketing campaigns, brand, celebrity and influencer strategy, organic social, and experiential marketing – with the goal of keeping Instacart front and center in the cultural zeitgeist.
Seema Jaffer is CEO, Bond Advertising, Digital & PR & a Human Rights Communications Expert.
She has served as a jury member for the global Cannes Lions '22 Festival of Advertising Awards, the Spikes Asia Advertising Awards 2023 & the Drum Chip Shop Awards 2023. She was the member of the organising committee for Adasia 2019 held in Lahore & is a board member of the Pakistan Advertising Association. Seema is a Trustee for the Karachi Biennale Trust & a Member of the Executive Committee of the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture.
Seema is strongly committed to Women Empowerment and Human Rights.
Liz Levy has been recognized as one of the Most Creative Women in Advertising by Business Insider and was a leader building the Branded Entertainment department at Hulu. Her career has included roles at Complex, TBWA Chiat Day, and Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where she helped shape creative for some of the biggest global brands to take part in youth culture. She has a singular vision - to reimagine advertising in entertainment. Liz currently resides in Austin, Texas with her partner Chris.
Nkanyezi has collected a variety of metal from major ad festivals globally and in South Africa. In 2022 he was invited to share his thoughts on creativity at Cannes Lions Festival. His core motivation is winning over audiences, shaping brands and breaking barriers between the industry and marginalised talent. As a champion for diversity in the creative field, he founded Blackboard Community, an initiative that aims to raise awareness for creativity as a career to high school students in disadvantaged communities. Blackboardcommunity.co.za
Ms. Gasparyan is a highly accomplished marketing and sales professional with over a decade of experience in managing creative projects for major corporations worldwide.
Under Elen's creative direction, her firm has achieved remarkable success, garnering several prestigious accolades. Notably, the firm was a gold winner at the 2023 Muse Awards, recognizing their outstanding campaigns. Furthermore, a significant number of their campaigns have been featured in prominent platforms such as the World Brand Design Society and Packaging of the World.
As the Creative Director/CEO of Davel Inc in the US, Ms. Gasparyan has an impressive portfolio of over 300 creative projects. Her expertise encompasses diverse aspects of marketing, including advertising, branding, marketing campaigns, planning, execution, website design, and development.
Washington, DC native Eric Martin is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Black & Abroad, an award-winning travel & lifestyle brand focused on enhancing world travel experiences for modern travelers of color.
After spending 20 years working in South Africa Jenny moved to Toronto and is currently a Chief Creative Officer at independent creative shop, Zulu Alpha Kilo.
She has been fortunate enough to act as jury president and judge multiple times at across the international award shows.
As a passionate and greedy consumer of creativity beyond advertising, Jenny remains blissfully unjaded and believes we’re never done learning.
Her finest achievements are daughters, Grace (11) and Ivy (8), who help her maintain her incredibly chic under-eye rings.
Bharat Kumar is an executive creative director at Havas NY, with over 15 years of experience in the advertising industry. His expertise spans various sectors, including automotive, CPG, fashion, financial services, and healthcare. Over the course of his career, Bharat's work has been recognised by both consumers and industry peers, earning him accolades at the most prestigious award shows, including Cannes, One Show, D&AD, Andy's, Clios, and many more. Prior to his current role at Havas, Bharat honed his craft gained invaluable experience at notable agencies such as Johannes Leonardo, Momentum Worldwide, Virtue, TBWA/Chiat/Day NY, and BBH NY. Beyond his work, Bharat enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and indulging in his passions for neat scotch, spicy food, and clean shoes.
Lauren Gallo is an award-winning, industry-leading marketing executive with expertise in building global brand marketing and creative strategies, high performing teams, and creating high growth environments leading with team-first cultures.
She has grown, defined and redefined some of the world’s most iconic brands, from Soho House to Apple to Snapchat to Nike. With each opportunity that she’s earned, Lauren has shown a unique ability to drive significant growth by obsessing the consumer and always leading with innovation. A proven leader, one of Lauren’s greatest skills—and greatest professional joys—is building and guiding high-performing, complex, multi-discipline teams.
As a AdAge 40 under 40 honoree, Forbes 30 under 30 Marketing & Advertising honoree, and an AdWeek Executive Mentor, Lauren is looked to as an industry thought leader and currently serves as an advisor to founders and CEOs across multiple industries.
Lauren thrives on working with brands to forge and foster deep, emotional connections with their communities and prides herself on working with brands that have the courage to stand for something and take action to positively impact society.
Lauren currently leads Brand Marketing Creative at Nike based in Los Angeles, where she and her team are driving cross-category brand creative strategies and integrated campaigns while developing go-to-market strategies and executions for the company’s long-term strategic vision.
Senior Creative Director at [INVNT GROUP], Sarah Bailey, is leading the mission to guide the world's challenger brands in navigating the next era of brand storytelling.
In April 2022, Sarah Bailey was part of the team to launch the [INVNT GROUP] web3 consultancy, INVNT.ATOM. Partnering with visionary brands across various industries, INVNT.ATOM has successfully advised brands such as Lamborghini, Emirates, Lotus and, SM Entertainment on strategic web3 initiatives across NFT program development, metaverse applications, and immersive digital experiences.
Before the launch of INVNT.ATOM, Sarah lead the creative team for the expansion of [INVNT GROUP] into the Asia-Pacific region, building a team of creatives, strategists and designers in Singapore.
Val is an avid storyteller with over 20 years of creative experience across design, product, AR/VR, film, brand strategy, marketing, retail innovation, gaming, and applications for some of the world’s biggest brands -- such as James Cameron's Lightstorm, Nike, Diageo, Peleton, JP Morgan Chase, Coke, Microsoft, AT&T, BMW, Kraft, and Lululemon.
Co-leading AREA 23 since 2011, AREA 23 on Hudson since 2018, and McCann Health New York since 2022, Tim’s commitment to innovation and ingenuity to transform pharmaceutical advertising has pushed the agency to crazy places—and paid off. AREA 23 has been consistently recognized with the industry’s highest creative awards and honors.
A talking baby for E*TRADE, blindfolded dumpster-diving for Febreze, 1000 unique songs for names on Cokes, Rick Ross buying back the block for Checkers & Rally’s, French's Mustard Ice Cream, Wendy as a mega-influencer, Pete Davidson living smart for Smartwater and a 30ft GameBall Machine for AT&T and the NBA.
Noel’s need to attack problems with creativity, to be hyper-collaborative and to diversify the ranks of advertising creatives drives him.
In my day job I'm an Executive creative director - leading teams of creatives here in London and around the globe, and working with external creative agency partners. I've transformed departments and agencies: establishing teams across Europe, evolving client rosters, doubling in size and billings.
I believe in the power of creative thinking, creative problem solving and creative leadership to change a business. My curiosity and ambition continues as a recent MBA graduate.
Architect, cartoonist, post-graduated as a graphic designer at the Royal College of Art, MBA from Michael Conrad’s Berlin School of Creative Leadership.
As a passionate creative leader, Sergio combines human-centered skills with technology, storytelling, design, and production, building an environment where people feel inspired to do their very best innovative work, thus maintaining Latin America’s creative excellence and global ambition.
Under his vision, Africa has been leading the main global award creative rankings in the region for the past 5 years, it has been recognized as Ad Age’s International Agency of the Year, one of the ten most creative agencies in the world by Adweek, and one of the Best and Bravest Agencies on the Planet according to Contagious.
Gordilho has been selected to lists like Business Insider’s “Most Creative People in Advertising”, Adweek’s “13 Global Creative Leaders whose ideas are advancing advertising worldwide”, “One of the Most Influential Admen in Brazil” by GQ magazine and the Most Awarded Ibero-American creative for the last 5 years.
He is one of the only 3 creatives - alongside Marcello Serpa and Washington Olivetto - who has been elected Brazilian Creative of the Year more than once, as well as named Leader of the Communications Industry at the Cabore Awards, the most important and prestigious recognition in the Brazilian market.
As a member of several advisory boards, Sergio applies his passion for doing new things in scalable ways by bridging expertise, funding, and ideas to both business and societal sides, collaborating actively with institutions and organizations such as FIESP (Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo), CUFA (largest slums organization in Latin America), VOXX (first leadership course for black transgender people) and Escola Africa, a creative qualification project for black youngsters in a vulnerable situation. All initiatives aim at opening more doors for diversity in Brazil’s creative industry.
Obsessed with art and technology, Gordilho is director and member of the board of MAM, Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art as well as Afro Brasil Museum and is part of MIT Technology Review’s editorial board.
Brent has lead projects, teams and departments to award winning work on two continents. Originally from South Africa, he currently serves as an Executive Creative Director at Grey NY, leading creative efforts on numerous brands including Coca-Cola and TUMI. When he’s not at work, you’ll find him in South Africa looking for big cats or in Brooklyn walking his two much smaller cats.
Passionate about creativity, I have built a strong expertise in creative thinking & Integrated Marketing Communication during more than 20 years in agencies and at The Coca-Cola Company.
Since 2015, I joined The Coca-Cola Company Western Europe as Creative & Strategy Director. I have contributed to develop Global Iconic campaigns for leading brands with a strong belief on the power of emotions and purpose, also being nominated to be part of the Culture, Heritage & Inclusion forum for The Coca-Cola Company.
I am currently living in Madrid with my 3 children.
Adrian, with his formative years spent behind the Iron Curtain, possesses a relentless challenger spirit and a capacity for resilience, valuable traits for navigating the ever-changing modern world.
He has successfully led impactful campaigns for both local and global brands, including MasterCard, Nestle, Ikea, L’Oréal and Coca-Cola, achieving recognition and awards for creativity and leadership, such as being named Campaign's EMEA Creative Person of the Year.
Adrian spearheads Mastercard creative globally and the McCann creative community in Europe since 2016, and, under his tenure, the network has achieved multiple milestones in creativity, including the Cannes Lions European Network of the Year, Campaign’s Magazine Agency Network of the Year in Europe 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022. Most recently his team picked a Titanium and a Grand Prix win at Cannes Lions 2023 for Mastercard’s 'Where to settle' project.