Chief Executive Officer, NATIVE VML, South Africa
Jason Xenopoulos is the co-founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of NATIVE VML South Africa, Africa’s premiere digital agency, and CEO of Y&R South Africa.
Jason is a creative entrepreneur whose ventures span all areas of media, from film and television to marketing, music, and the Internet. He's been a pioneer of the African communications industry, making his mark as an agency founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer and award-winning film director.
Over the past six years, under Jason’s leadership, NATIVE VML South Africa has won a host of local and international awards including Gold, Silver, and Bronze Lions at Cannes. In 2017, VML South Africa was named Entertainment Agency of the Year in the Cannes Lions Global Creativity Report.
EVP, Global Brand Management, Ogilvy & Mather, EMEA
Nadja Bellan-White has built her career over the last 20+ years working with brands such as American Express, IKEA, Coca-Cola, Bharti Airtel, RBS Citizens and select countries in Africa.
As an early pioneer of performance marketing at IBM, Nadja focused her efforts on how IBM could use data and digital marketing to sell to consumers. Her relentless pursuit of driving ROI for her clients is valued and recognised: she is consistently a key member of her clients’ advisory circle. Her belief is “If my team and I focus on driving the business results, then everything else will fall into place.”
As Executive Vice President of Global Brands for Ogilvy & Mather EMEA, her job is to drive growth. Her global experience across consulting, digital, direct marketing, PR, brand, media and experiential marketing makes her a unique partner for the company’s clients.
Nadja is an alumna of A Better Chance, Inc., a graduate of The University of Virginia and holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
She lives in London with her husband, Troy, and children Troy KD (16) and Azza (13).
Executive Creative Director, Interbrand, UK
Sue Daun is Interbrand London's Executive Creative Director, responsible for driving creative passion, energy and excellence delivered through the business.
With over 25 years' experience working with clients in a number of brand agencies, across all sectors and channels, Sue believes, as creative thinkers, we have a responsibility to play many roles in creating successful, thriving brands.
Creative provocateur, business entrepreneur, consumer advocate and brand guardian, each element plays an important part in delivering on-going, relevant value, and opportunities for the consumer to connect with the brand in ways never thought of before.
Sue works with brands spanning all categories and channels and has always advocated the harnessing of creative awards to enthuse and drive the quality of creativity for agency teams young and old, and clients.
She is the winner of numerous design awards and has been part of many juries, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, Brand Impact Awards, AICP awards and Dubai Lynx. She believes when judging that regardless of the channel, it is work that is simple, insightful and with an idea that makes a difference that shines.
Global Executive Creative Director, President Global Creative Council, McCann Worldgroup, Global
John Mescall is Global Creative Council President and Global Executive Creative Director at McCann Wordgroup.
In this role, John has helped McCann Worldgroup rise to #2 global network in the Gunn Report, in addition to numerous Network of the Year recognitions.
Prior to this, he was Chief Creative Officer of McCann Australia. Under John’s leadership, McCann Melbourne became the world’s most awarded agency.
Honours include The Gunn Report Agency of the Year, D&AD Agency of the Year, Cannes Lions Agency of the Year (runner up), AWARD Agency of the Year, Spikes Asia Agency of the Year and Campaign Brief Agency of the Year.
As both a writer and a creative director, John has won over 60 Cannes Lions including six Grands Prix, Black and Yellow Pencils at D&AD, One Show Best of Show, and multiple Clio, Spikes, LIA and Webby awards.
John was named in the 2013 Creativity 50: AdWeek’s annual listing of the world’s 50 most influential creative thinkers and doers, and Business Insider ranked him the eighth most creative person in advertising worldwide.
Creative Partner, Cloudfactory, The Netherlands
Sandrine Huijgen has worked for big international clients such as Philips and Heineken. Until 2014 she was Global Communications Director at Heineken, where she led the new Heineken global brand strategy development and co-created the global communication campaign Legends with WK Amsterdam (which included The Entrance, Dropped, and Bond campaigns amongst many other executions).
In August 2014, Sandrine left the safe client shores to reinvent what she had learned. She took the unlikely jump from client to creative and joined forces with Jessica Kersten to form the new creative team of Cloudfactory. Together with their two other partners – Sandeep Chawla as Managing Director and Oivier Teepe as photographer – they have worked on making the small creative studio a new player in Amsterdam’s creative scene.
Today Cloudfactory co-creates urban orchards, feminine feminists, man schools for men, employee directed travel films, D-I-Y job interviews, foxy pranks, and occasionally some ads with partner brands such as Strongbow, Booking.com, HEINEKEN, Apple bandit cider, Jack Links; and with craftsmen, such as directors, nature artists, photographers, industrial designers, wolf tamers and many more.
Global Chief Creative Officer, McCann Health, Global
Under the leadership of Global Chief Creative Officer Jeremy Perrott, McCann Health has won Network of the Year at Cannes’ Lions Health for the past two years, at the Global Awards for five years running and at the first-ever LIA Health this year.
Jeremy is passionately committed to raising the bar and setting new standards of creative excellence for the healthcare communications industry. As such, he partnered with Cannes Lions to create Lions Health, serving as President of the Pharma Jury for the inaugural show.
He was instrumental in the launch of LIA Health, serving as Chair for the Pharma, Health & Wellness and Craft Juries. He has also been Chairman of the Clio Health Awards.
Prior to taking the creative reins at McCann Health, Jeremy was Executive Creative Director, McCann Worldgroup Asia Pacific and over the years held top executive creative director posts at McCann offices in London, Seoul, Tokyo and New York. He is an award-winning creative in his own right, having won multiple Cannes Lions, ANDY’s, Clios, Mobius and Global awards among others.
Co-Founder, Utopia, UK
Nadya Powell is on a mission to deliver business change by harnessing the power of creative thinking. As co-founder of Utopia she is doing exactly that – Utopia delivers cultural change by 'Re-wiring Business for the Age of Creativity'.
Prior to founding Utopia, Nadya was on the Board of Sunshine, founded Lost Boys in the UK and was part of the management team that grew Dare from disruptive start-up to ‘Agency of the Decade’.
Nadya is co-founder of Innovation Social, a collective of innovation leaders from agency, brand and start-up worlds whose purpose is to accelerate innovative thinking. In 2017, Innovation Social was launched globally.
Additionally, she co-founded two Diversity networks and initiatives: The Great British Diversity Experiment which seeks to drive diversity in communications; and The So White Project which drives global media attention to the lack of diverse imagery in communications.
Nadya is on the Executive Committee of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) as the chair of their Diversity Committee and Awards Group, on the Advisory Council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2017 was a judge for the Cannes Innovation Lions.
Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom Media Group, Asia Pacific
Cheuk Chiang is CEO, Asia Pacific for Omnicom Media Group, a global media and communications network with brands including OMD, PHD and Hearts & Science, all of which have been built on strong cultures of creativity and innovation. In the Asia Pacific region, Omnicom Media Group has over 4,000 staff in 47 offices across 21 markets.
Prior to joining Omnicom Media Group, Cheuk was at Cummins & Parters in Australia where he had a long and successful spell as Managing Director of the globally acclaimed and highly awarded creative hot-shop. Cummins was later acquired by Sapient Nitro.
Over the last six years, OMD and PHD have won over 100 agency of the year awards across the Asia Pacific region and PHD has been awarded Asia Pacific Media Network of Year in four out of the last six years.
In 2015, Cheuk was named Asia Pacific Agency Head of the Year (Media) by Campaign Asia.
Cheuk is a strong advocate for innovation and creativity and served as a judge at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2011 and 2013 and was President of the Spikes Asia Media jury in 2016.
Global Chief Creative Officer, Cheil Worldwide, Global
Malcolm joined Cheil Worldwide at the beginning of 2015 as the network's Global Chief Creative Officer.
Having led teams responsible for award-winning firsts as diverse as Foot Locker's Sneakerpedia, Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty and British Airways' Johnny Foreigner campaign, Malcolm is a recognised industry influencer and speaker. Two times Cannes Jury President, Malcolm was recently named one of AdAge magazine's 'World Top 10 Digital Minds' and named by TechCity Insider as one of the UK's leading Digital innovators.
Under Malcolm's creative leadership, Cheil Worldwide has emerged as one of the world's leading creative networks in the Gunn Report, helping Samsung win Marketer of the Year titles at both Cannes Lions and AdFest. Prior to joining Cheil, Malcolm was a member of Sapient Corporation's global leadership team and SapientNitro’s European Chief Creative Officer. M&C Saatchi, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy and SapientNitro have all won Agency of the Year titles during his creative leadership.
Global Executive Creative Director and Founder, One Green Bean PR, Global
Kat Thomas is the Founder and Global Executive Creative Director of One Green Bean, a creative agency founded in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Originally established to specialise in PR, today the business has capabilities that span creative, digital, communications strategy, social media and content.
In the last 10 years the business has experienced huge growth and is today the largest consumer PR specialist in the Australian market; it’s been awarded PR Agency of the Year for the last six years. Clients include Nike, Uber, Google, Airbnb, Coca Cola and Playstation. Havas became a part shareholder of One Green Bean in 2011.
In January 2014, Kat launched the London arm of the business and today, in her capacity as Global Executive Creative Director, she divides her time between the two offices. Kat has been responsible for the work behind the win of five Cannes Lions, including a Titanium Lion in 2014. Her work has been recognised at numerous award shows both domestically and internationally.