Cannes Lions Announces 2024 Awarding Jury Members from the UAE

The UAE jury members will collaborate closely with awarding jurors from 54 markets to recognize and honor outstanding work from around the world at this year’s festival


Cannes Lions has unveiled the cohort of global experts selected to award the world’s finest creative and effective work, setting the standard for excellence this June at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Among the distinguished jury members announced, this year will feature thirteen representatives from the United Arab Emirates.

The 71st edition of Cannes Lions will witness Leo Burnett’s Kalpesh Patankar serving as the first Jury President for Industry Craft Lions from the MENA region, marking the second consecutive jury representation in two years.

Commenting on the Jury, Simon Cook, CEO of LIONS, said: “We’re delighted to have a balance and breadth of expertise and global representation across our Juries. The Awarding Juries represent the global industry’s leading talent from a diverse range of disciplines, and we welcome the unique perspectives they bring. We thank them for their time, dedication, and care in setting the global creative benchmark for our industry.”

Regarding the Cannes Lions jury panel from the UAE, Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner of Motivate Media Group, said, “We are excited to see the continuous increase in the UAE’s footprint at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Kalpesh Patankar’s appointment as the second consecutive jury president in two years serves as a clear indication of the creative industry’s development here, steered by a diverse and talented group of experts. This reflects the UAE’s steadfast dedication to upholding standards of excellence and innovation in advertising, marketing, and communications. With a further twelve talented jury members, each bringing their own unique perspectives to the judging process, this is a great representation of our region at the international level.”

The 2024 Awarding Jury Members from the UAE have been named as:


Brand Experience & Activation:
Nayaab Rais, Senior Creative Director, FP7 McCann Dubai

Creative Commerce:
Sebastien Boutebel, Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi ME

Creative Effectiveness:
Islam Eldessouky, Global VP, Creative & Strategy, Coca-Cola TM

Digital Craft:
Stacy Andersen, Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation, Merkle MENAT

Saymon Medeiros, Creative Director, and us

Entertainment Lions For Music:
Pierre Carnet, Managing Director, MENA, MassiveMusic

Camila Venegas Gomez, Associate Creative Director, M&C Saatchi

Industry Craft (Jury President):
Kalpesh Patankar, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett

Elda Choucair, Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom Media Group (MENA)

Darius LaBelle, President, BPG Group

Marie Claire Maalouf, Chief Creative Officer, Edelman

Radio & Audio
Federico Fanti, Chief Creative Officer, FP7 McCann Dubai

Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer, Impact BBDO


With shortlisting jury line-up alongside the Luxury & Lifestyle Lions Jury to be announced soon, see the full list of Global Presidents and Awarding Juries here.

Further information on this year’s Festival and the Lions Awards can be found at visit

Motivate Media Group and Motivate Val Morgan are the official representatives of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the UAE.


Source: Cannes Lions



The Second Edition of LIONS Live Returns!

LIONS Live, the five-day virtual broadcast, will run from 19-23 October, 2020.


Cannes Lions is back with its second edition of LIONS Live – five days of practical insight and an insider’s view of creative excellence as Grand Prix and Gold Lion-winning teams share honest accounts of how their work came to light (or perhaps nearly didn’t).

Hosted on the Cannes Lions global platform, LIONS Live is free to access, for the entire global community, from 19-23 October 2020.

Each day is themed and designed to offer practical insight to impact careers, transform business and drive progress through creativity. The event will conclude with an expert “how to” guide from creative stalwarts, provocateurs and agitators who will provide a breakdown of the day’s learning into practical next steps.


What’s On:

Day 1:  Creative Culture & Leadership

Industry leaders from around the world reveal the practicalities behind driving a creative culture.Hear from multi-award-winning creatives on how they’re remotely leading transparent, inclusive and flexible work environments that enable creativity to thrive.


Day 2: Creativity in Action, Part One

Celebrate the brilliant thinking and craft that goes into delivering the world’s best creative campaigns. The team will lift the lid on Grand Prix winning work from Berlin, Copenhagen, London, New York and Warsaw and one can hear brutally honest accounts from the people who worked behind the scenes from beginning to end.


Day 3: Creative Effectiveness

In June, LIONS introduced new research around Creative Effectiveness and a new framework for measuring creativity – the Creative Effectiveness Ladder. The line-up will explore work that has driven consistent business growth, what “creative commitment” actually means, and how one can produce outstanding results on a smaller budget. At a time when marketers need to justify every buck, this day will provide some answers.


Day 4: Creativity in Action, Part Two

Thursday is part two of “Creativity in Action series”. Work from Dubai, Stockholm, São Paulo, Tel Aviv will be dissected by the people who actually made it as part of the “Behind the Scenes” format devised by the team at LIONS, based on the feedback that one wanted more case studies on award-winning campaigns. Tune in for another day of the world’s best work deconstructed.


Day 5: Creative Capabilities and Processes

On the final day of LIONS Live, interesting talent from all over the world will share how they are producing fast, cheap, good work right now, from home. Does one need an entirely new set of capabilities to keep up with consumer demands or can one just make some easy tweaks? This day will turn some of your existing thinking on its head and may even ask you to reconsider whether what your current way of doing things is actually the best way.


Join LIONS Live:

LIONS Live has partnered with Google to live-stream content through YouTube, with all content also being available on demand through the LIONS Live platform.

Click here to register for LIONS Live for free.

Click here to access the full programme.


Motivate Media Group and Motivate Val Morgan are the official representatives of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the UAE.


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Source: Cannes Lions