Dubai Lynx Announces 2024 Jury Line-up

Dubai Lynx, the leading platform for creative excellence and effectiveness in the MENA region, has announced its 2024 Jury lineup.

Following the initial introduction of the 11 industry experts as Jury Presidents, the latest announcement unveils 55 juries, collectively forming a global talent pool of 66 professionals from diverse disciplines. These experts, originating from 33 markets worldwide, are tasked with evaluating and judging the best work in the region.

Making their debut representation among agencies and networks are Brilliant & Million, Craft Worldwide, Doe-Anderson, Havas Health Plus, iProspect, and Track + Tribal. Additionally, notable brands and companies participating in the Juries for the first time include AB InBev, Believe, Novartis, Pitch Audio+Magic, and Prime Video India.

This year also marks the inaugural participation of markets such as Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Ivory Coast, and Slovakia on the Juries.

Philip Thomas, Chairman, Dubai Lynx, commented: “We are delighted to announce such an exceptional line-up of talent and experts who bring much commitment and expertise to the important task at hand. Our Jurors play a crucial role in setting the creative benchmark for the MENA region and upholding the integrity of the Awards. We wish them luck and look forward to seeing the body of work that will emerge following their discussions.”

 

The Dubai Lynx 2024 Juries have been named as:

 

Brand Experience & Activation and Creative Commerce Jury:

Rafael Rizuto, Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu Creative, US and Hispanic LATAM (Jury President)
Christopher Lee, Executive Creative Director, Publicis Groupe, Hong Kong
Joseph Dubruque, Creative Director, McCann Worldgroup, France
Marco Bezerra, Executive Creative Director, VML, UK
Noelia Merejo , Core Brands Manager, AB InBev, Dominican Republic
Tessa Conrad, Head of Innovation, TBWA\Asia, Singapore

 

Creative Effectiveness and Creative Strategy Jury:

Bertille Toledano, President, BETC Paris, France (Jury President)
Babs Faseesin, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Starcom Worldwide, USA
Golda Roldan, CEO, VML, the Philippines
IIma Afzal, Strategy Director, Jack Morton Worldwide, Singapore
Juan Carlos Chaves, Creative Vice President, DDB, Colombia
Martin Woska, Chief Creative and Strategy Officer, TRIAD, Slovakia
Oriane A. Canfrin, Head of Marketing and Communications, Ecobank, Ivory Coast

 

Design and Industry Craft Jury:

Rajdeepak Das, Chairman, Leo Burnett, South Asia, and Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe, South Asia (Jury President)
Alexandre Vilela, Vice President Creative Director, BETC HAVAS, Brazil
Becci Salmon, Design Director, FCB London, UK
Luis Aboyte, Creative Director, Landor, Mexico
Michael Wilk, Global Head of Art, Serviceplan Group, Germany
Simone Rossum, Executive Creative Director, SHIFT, South Africa
Tiffanni Spann, Executive Creative Director, Freelance, USA

 

Digital and Social & Influencer Jury:

Anna Qvennerstedt, Global Chief Creative Officer, Forsman & Bodenfors, Global (Jury President)
Haydn Kerr, Executive Creative Director, Track + Tribal, New Zealand
Lucas Feltes, CEO, WT.AG, Brazil
Phindile Phiri, Senior Director, The Coca-Cola Company, South Africa
Sophie van der Schaft, Founder, &MediaGroup, The Netherlands
Thiago Cruz, Chief Creative Officer, NY, Grey, USA
Titipun Tubthong, Head of Creative, Brilliant & Million, Thailand

 

Direct and Outdoor Jury:

Nkgabiseng Motau, Co-Founder / Chief Creative Officer, Think Creative Africa, Africa (Jury President)
Juan Carlos Chaves, Creative Vice President, DDB, Colombia
Leyla Touma Dailey, President, Chief Creative Officer, Doe-Anderson, USA
Maria Todorova, CEO / Chief Creative Officer, NEXT-DC, Bulgaria
Michelle Walsh, Creative Director, Leo Burnett, Australia
Muhammad Jawad Saleem, Studio Lead, Deloitte Digital, Germany

 

Entertainment Jury:

Ana Balarin, Chief Creative Officer, Wieden+Kennedy, UK (Jury President)
Ayesha Huda, Head, Content Marketing, Prime Video, India
Matheus Gugelmim, Head of Projects, Vox Haus, Brazil
Perry Fair, Chief Creative Officer of Entertainment, McCann Worldgroup, USA
Sibu Mabena, CEO, Duma Collective (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
Tomas Almuna, Head of Creative for Netflix, Media.Monks, Mexico

 

Film Craft Jury:

Pierre Nelwan, Managing Director, Media.Monks, the Netherlands (Jury President)
Brenda Morrison Fell, Head of Production, DAVID, USA
Cristóbal Pérez-Gazitúa S., CEO / Founder, Believe, Chile
Paloma Adrien Iranzo, Chief Production Officer Craft Spain & Print Paris, Craft Worldwide – McCann, Spain
Rebekah ‘Bex’ Kelly, Executive Producer, FINCH, New Zealand
Yoshiki Ishii, CEO / Executive Producer, kirameki inc., Japan

 

Film, Print & Publishing, Radio & Audio Juries:

Gabriel Schmitt, Global Chief Creative Officer, Grey, Global (Jury President)
Doni Aldine, CEO, Culturs Global Multicultural Lifestyle Media, USA
Kimberly Chin, Founder / Creative / Composer, Pitch Audio+Magic, Malaysia
Lisandro Ramos, CEO & Executive Producer, Mama Hungara, Argentina
Paul Shearer, Chief Creative Officer, Great Guns, UK
Riccardo Fregoso, Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu Creative, Italy

 

Healthcare Jury:

Rohini Miglani, Vice President, Procter & Gamble International Operational SA SG, Asia/India/MEA(Jury President)
Allison Ceraso, President, Chief Creative Officer, Havas Health Plus, USA
Daniela Varela, Creative Director, TBWA\Health Collective, USA
Joao Camacho, Global Creative Director, Novartis, Global
Rodrigo Raices, Creative Director, VML Argentina, Argentina
Sven Hartmann, Creative Director, Mensch Kreativagentur, Germany

 

Media Jury:

Enyi Nwosu, Chief Strategy Officer, UM London, UK (Jury President)
Facundo Paglia, Chief Creative Officer, Lopito Ileana & Howie, Puerto Rico
Laurien Lee, CEO, iProspect, China
Sandrine Nzedieu, Digital Director, Havas Media, France
Tusnuva Ahmed Tina, Managing Partner, Mindshare, Bangladesh

 

PR Jury:

Anthony Chelvanathan, Chief Creative Officer, Edelman, Canada (Jury President)
Rachel Rix, Deputy Managing Director, Ketchum, UK
Radwan Atwi, Creative Director, Hill & Knowlton, Germany
Sebastian Stępak, CEO, MSL, Central and Eastern Europe

 

Ian Fairservice, Vice-Chairman, Dubai Lynx, said: “We have an incredible line-up of global creative experts, including four new markets: Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Ivory Coast and Slovakia. We are delighted to see representation from a broad range of agencies, brands and companies – including many for the first time – allowing a diverse range of voices in the Jury rooms. We’re grateful to all of our 2024 Juries for devoting their time and knowledge, and we can’t wait to see our Jurors in action in Dubai later this year.”

 

Festival Registration, including Press Accreditation and the Awards Ceremony & Dinner, is now open.

 

Click here for further information on the Festival and Jury line-up.

 

 

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Cannes Lions Announces its 2024 Jury President Line-up

Kalpesh Patankar from Leo Burnett UAE serves first Jury President for Industry Craft Lions from the MENA region

 

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the names of the global experts who will preside over the 2024 Juries, playing a pivotal role in assessing and setting benchmarks for excellence across the spectrum of the world’s most outstanding creative and effective work.

Commenting on the Jury Presidents, Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said: “Our Jury Presidents play a crucial role in the existence of the Lions. Their knowledge, skills, and incredible talent, combined with the commitment and leadership that they will bring to their roles, bring integrity and rigour to the Lions. This is an exceptional line-up of talent from across the world, and we can’t wait to see the work that rises to the top in June.”

Kalpesh Patankar from Leo Burnett UAE has been appointed as the first Jury President for Industry Craft Lions, and the second consecutive jury representation in two years for the MENA region. Commenting on his appointment, Kalpesh remarked, “When you see a truly great piece of work, the feeling is undeniable. I have felt it many times, in many jury rooms over the years. This year, as Jury President I’ll be championing those undeniable pieces of work in Industry Craft at Cannes Lions 2024.”

 

The Cannes Lions 2024 Jury Presidents have been announced as follows:

 

Audio & Radio Lions:
Simon Vicars, Chief Creative Officer, Colenso BBDO, New Zealand

 

Brand Experience & Activation Lions:
Anselmo Ramos, Founder, Creative Chairman, GUT, Global

 

Creative B2B Lions:
Andisa Ntsubane, Managing Executive: Brand, Marketing and Communications Africa, Vodacom Group, Africa

 

Creative Business Transformation Lions:
Ariana Stolarz, Global Chief Strategy Officer, Marketing, Accenture Song, Global

 

Creative Commerce Lions:
Amy Lanzi, CEO, Digitas NA, Digitas, North America

 

Creative Data Lions:
Rose Herceg, Country President Australia and New Zealand, WPP, Australia and New Zealand

 

Creative Effectiveness Lions:
Harjot Singh, Global Chief Strategy Officer, McCann and McCann Worldgroup, Global

 

Creative Strategy Lions:
Vita M. Harris, Global Chief Strategy Officer, FCB, Global

 

Design Lions:
Fura Johannesdottir, Chief Creative Officer, Huge, Global

 

Digital Craft Lions:
Kentaro Kimura, International Chief Creative Officer and Corporate Officer, Hakuhodo, Global

 

Direct Lions:
Pancho Cassis, Partner and Global Chief Creative Officer, DAVID, Global

 

Entertainment Lions:
Geoffrey Edwards, Executive Creative Director, GALE, USA

 

Entertainment Lions for Gaming:
Lydia Winters, Chief Storyteller, Mojang Studios, Global

 

Entertainment Lions for Music:
Madeline Nelson, US Head of Independent Label Relations, Amazon Music, USA

 

Entertainment Lions for Sport:
Louise Johnson, CEO, Fuse, UK/EMEA

 

Film Lions:
Tor Myhren, VP Marketing Communications, Apple Inc, Global

 

Film Craft Lions:
Prasoon Pandey, Ad Film Maker, Corcoise Films, India

 

Glass: The Lion for Change:
Cindy Gallop, Founder and CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn, Global

 

Health & Wellness Lions:
Wendy Chan, Health Creative Lead, Asia Pacific, Edelman, APAC

 

Industry Craft Lions:
Kalpesh Patankar, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, UAE

 

Innovation Lions:
Diego Machado, Global Chief Creative Officer, AKQA, Global

 

Media Lions:
Prerna Mehrotra, Chief Client Officer and CEO Media, dentsu, APAC

 

Outdoor Lions:
Marco Venturelli, Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe, France

 

Pharma Lions:
Collette Douaihy, Global Chief Creative Officer, Health, Dentsu Health, Global

 

PR Lions:
Kat Thomas, Founder and Global Chief Creative Officer, One Green Bean, Global

 

Print & Publishing Lions:
John Raúl Forero, President and Chief Creative Officer, DDB, Colombia

 

Social & Influencer Lions:
Amy Ferguson, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, USA

 

Sustainable Development Goals Lions:
Gustavo Lauria, Co-Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer, We Believers, USA

 

The Dan Wieden Titanium Lions:
Debbi Vandeven, Global Chief Creative Officer, VML, Global

 

Further information on this year’s Jury Presidents, as well as the Festival, the Lions Awards and LIONS Membership can be found at canneslions.com.

 

 

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Dubai Lynx Announces 2024 Jury President Line-up

The 2024 Jury Presidents line-up features 11 industry experts from nine distinct markets, showcasing the comprehensive scope of the branded communications ecosystem

 

Dubai Lynx, MENA’s leading platform for creative excellence and effectiveness, has announced 11 industry experts who will lead the 2024 Juries.

 

The 11 industry experts from nine different markets, representing the breadth of the branded communications ecosystem including creative agencies, independent agencies, and brands, will convene in Dubai alongside their respective juries to establish the benchmark for creative excellence across MENA.

 

Commenting on the Jury President line-up, Philip Thomas, Chairman, LIONS and Dubai Lynx, said: “We welcome a wonderfully talented group of experts for 2024, to recognise the best ideas shaping the landscape in this unique part of the world. We thank them for their individual perspectives, expertise and experience for the leadership they will bring to the very important task ahead of them.

 

Ian Fairservice, Vice Chairman, Dubai Lynx, added: “We’re thrilled to bring a breadth of voices and perspectives to the Jury rooms for Dubai Lynx 2024, featuring some truly remarkable creative leaders. We’re grateful to all of our 2024 Jurors for devoting their time and knowledge, and we can’t wait to see them in action in Dubai next year.

 

The 2024 Dubai Lynx Jury Presidents have been announced as follows:

 

 

Brand Experience & Activation and Creative Commerce:
Rafael Rizuto, Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu Creative, US and Hispanic LATAM

Creative Effectiveness and Creative Strategy:
Bertille Toledano, President, BETC Paris, France

Design and Industry Craft:
Rajdeepak Das, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett and Chairman, Creative Council, Publicis Groupe, South Asia

Digital and Social & Influencer:
Anna Qvennerstedt, Global Chief Creative Officer, Forsman & Bodenfors, Global

Direct and Outdoor:
Nkgabiseng Motau, Co-Founder / Chief Creative Officer, Think Creative Africa, Africa

Entertainment:
Ana Balarin, Chief Creative Officer, Wieden+Kennedy, UK

Film Craft:
Pierre Nelwan, Managing Director, Media.Monks, the Netherlands

Film, Print & Publishing, Radio & Audio, Integrated, Glass: The Award for Change and Grand Prix for Good:
Gabriel Schmitt, Global Chief Creative Officer, Grey, Global

Healthcare:
Rohini Miglani, Vice President, Procter & Gamble International Operational SA SG, Asia/India/MEA

Media:
Enyi Nwosu, Chief Strategy Officer, UM London, UK

PR:
Anthony Chelvanathan, Chief Creative Officer, Canada

 

The Festival will take place on Tuesday 5 March 2024 followed by the Awards Ceremony & Dinner taking place on Wednesday 6 March 2024.

 

Entries into Dubai Lynx are being accepted until 25 January 2024. Click here for further information on the awards.

 

 

Motivate Val Morgan is the official representative of Dubai Lynx Festival in the UAE

Dubai Lynx Releases Its First Annual Creativity Report

The 2023 Dubai Lynx Creativity Report saw Publicis Groupe sweep four Special Award wins, while and us recorded a top three position for the third year running. Additionally, Sweetwater MEA recorded their first ever ranking in Independent Agency of the Year

 

Dubai Lynx, MENA’s Festival and Awards for creative excellence in branded communications, has today published the first Dubai Lynx Creativity Report. The Report, which is available to everyone, shines a light on the best creative work, as selected by Lynx Juries and includes the rankings for this year’s top performing Networks, Agencies and Companies from the MENA region.

 

The 2023 rankings saw Publicis Groupe sweep four Special Award wins, taking first place in Network of the Year, Media Network of the Year, MENA Agency of the Year and the Lynx Palm Award. Saatchi & Saatchi ranked in the top three for the first time in their history, taking second place in both MENA Agency of the Year and Network of the Year. and us secured a top three position in Independent Agency of the Year for the third Festival running, and Sweetwater MEA record their first ever ranking.

 

Speaking about the report, Ian Fairservice, Vice Chairman, Dubai Lynx, said, “2023 has been an exciting year for Dubai Lynx, with the successful return of a physical event and now to have released the first Dubai Lynx Creativity Report. The trends and themes emerging from this year’s winning work showed brands to be disruptive, positively affecting culture and truly innovative. I’d like to congratulate all the shortlisted and winning companies, for setting the benchmark for creativity in MENA for a 16th year.”

 

Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, added, “The Dubai Lynx Creativity Report is a celebration of the most creative ideas from the region and we are excited to be able to share this with our community in MENA. This year’s winners showed a renewed emphasis on companies investing in creativity for growth, using cutting-edge technology and innovative ideas to reach commercial goals. Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted, or who won a Lynx Award. Your work is raising the standard of creativity, in MENA and beyond.”

 

The rankings are compiled using data from Lynx-winning and shortlisted work from 2023. The Dubai Lynx Creativity Report is powered by LIONS’ intelligence platform, The Work, housing the world’s most extraordinary creative thinking with insights on how it was briefed, researched, produced and crafted. The report is an essential tool for benchmarking creative excellence and effectiveness for the year ahead, sharing analysis and insights from the winning work and lessons on how brands are growing businesses and tackling some of the region’s most challenging problems in innovative ways. The themes covered include: ‘Speaking truth to power’, ‘Cutting through with commerce’, ‘Finding regional relevance’ and ‘Harnessing football fever’.

 

Access the full report, here

 

All results for the Dubai Lynx Awards can be found here.

Cannes Lions Announces its 2023 Jury President Line-up

Impact BBDO’s Ali Rez serves as the first Cannes Lions Jury President from the MENA region

 

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the names of the Jury Presidents who will lead juries to award this year’s Lions and set the global benchmark for excellence in creativity.

Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said, “These individuals represent the rich spread of exceptional talent from across the full spectrum of the creative industry. The Cannes Lions Jury Presidents play an essential role in upholding the integrity of the Lions as well as setting the creative benchmark for the global industry. We thank them for their unique perspectives, expertise, and experience for the leadership they will bring to the very important task ahead of them.”

In a first, Impact BBDO’s Ali Rez will serve as Cannes Lions’ first Jury President from the MENA region. Commenting on the appointment, Rez said, “The UAE is a place where creativity thrives, and where we believe nothing is impossible. It is a special honour to represent that very spirit of this inspiring country, and the rich heritage of the Middle East, at Cannes Lions as Jury President. I hope this announcement will pave the way for many more people from the region to lead juries in the future at this most prestigious of awards.”

 

The Cannes Lions 2023 Jury Presidents have been named as:


Brand Experience & Activation Lions:
Ari Weiss, Global Chief Creative Officer, DDB Worldwide, Global


Creative B2B Lions:
Tom Stein, Chairman and Chief Growth Officer, Stein IAS, Global


Creative Business Transformation Lions:
Justin Peyton, Chief Transformation Officer, Wunderman Thompson, APAC


Creative Commerce Lions:
Nancy Crimi-Lamanna, Chief Creative Officer, FCB, Canada


Creative Data Lions:
Samantha Hernández Díaz, Chief Strategy Officer, GUT Mexico City, Mexico


Creative Effectiveness Lions:
Devika Bulchandani, Global CEO, Ogilvy, Global


Creative Strategy Lions:
Amrita Randhawa, CEO, Publicis Groupe, Singapore & Southeast Asia


Design Lions:
Quinnton Harris, Co-founder & CEO, Retrospect, USA


Digital Craft Lions:
Resh Sidhu, Global Director of Arcadia Creative Studio, Snap Inc., Global


Direct Lions:
Chaka Sobhani, Global Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, Global


Entertainment Lions:
Brent Anderson, Global Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Global


Entertainment Lions for Gaming:
Francine Li, Global Head of Marketing, Riot Games, Global


Entertainment Lions for Music:
Danielle Hinde, Owner / Executive Producer, Doomsday Entertainment, USA


Entertainment Lions for Sport:

Rob Doubal, Co-President of McCann London and Joint Chief Creative Officer of McCann UK, McCann London, UK


Film Lions:
Bruno Bertelli, Global CEO of Le Pub, Global Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Worldwide, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe Italy, Publicis Worldwide, Global


Glass Lions: The Lion for Change:
Tea Uglow, Creative Director, Google, APAC


Health & Wellness Lions:
Mel Routhier, Chief Creative Officer, VMLY&R Chicago, USA


Industry Craft Lions:
Yoshihiro Yagi, Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Inc., Japan


Innovation Lions:
Grace Francis, Global Chief Creative and Design Officer, WONGDOODY, Global


Media Lions:
Christian Juhl, Global CEO, GroupM, Global


Mobile Lions:
Shannon Washington, US Chief Creative Officer, Connected Communications, R/GA, USA


Outdoor Lions:
Javier Campopiano, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer at Grey and Global Chief Creative Officer of OpenX From WPP, Grey/OpenX, Global


Pharma Lions:
Joshua Prince, CEO, Professional Group, Omnicom Health Group, Global


PR Lions:

Jo-ann Robertson, CEO, Global Markets, Ketchum, Global


Print & Publishing Lions:
Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer, Impact BBDO, MENAP


Radio & Audio Lions:
Tseliso Rangaka, Chief Creative Officer, FCB, South Africa


Social & Influencer Lions:
Samantha Almeida, Director of Diversity and Content Innovation, Globo, Brazil


Sustainable Development Goals Lions:
Jean Lin, Chief Culture Officer, Dentsu Group Inc., Global


Dan Wieden Titanium Lions:
David Droga, CEO & Creative Chairman, Accenture Song, Global

 

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity will take place between 19-23 June and will provide an annual forum for the global industry to address the most pressing issues that they and the world are facing today.

 

Registration to attend Cannes Lions opens on 12 January 2023 and awards submissions open on 19 January 2023. Further information on this year’s Jury Presidents, as well as the Festival, the Lions Awards and LIONS Membership can be found at canneslions.com.