Dubai Lynx 2021 Juries Announced

Juries see 50% female representation - the highest in the awards’ history

31 January 2021 – Dubai Lynx has today announced the names of the jurors who will judge, award and benchmark the best creative work from across the MENA region. 

About the jurors, Philip Thomas, Chairman, Dubai Lynx, said, “We’re delighted to be welcoming such a talented group of experts from around the world to judge this year’s awards. A 50% female representation is our highest to date and something we’re particularly proud to be driving. The juries are now tasked with setting the benchmark for the creative community in MENA and we’re excited to see the outcome.” 

Following in the footsteps of Dubai Lynx’s sister festival Eurobest, which successfully held remote judging last year, the Dubai Lynx jurors will meet remotely to award and discuss the work. Thomas said, “We have created a remote judging experience that’s as close to the physical judging as we can make it. It’s a crucial part of all of our LIONS awards; a human experience but also a rigorous and robust process.

The 2021 juries have been named as follows: 

Brand Experience & Activation
Jury President - Bas Korsten, Global Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman Thompson, Global
Gabriel Mattar, Chief Creative Officer, Innocean Worldwide Europe, Germany
Sandra Bold, Global Creative Director, Publicis Italy, Global
Shagun Seda, Director - Creative Marketing, Netflix, India
Frederico Roberto, Executive Creative Director, Interweave Agency, Global
Andre Sallowicz, Creative Director, adam&eveDDB, UK

Creative Effectiveness and Creative Strategy
Jury President - Fernando Machado, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Restaurant Brands International, Global

Sam Southey, Vice President Creative, COTY, Global
Ete Davies, CEO, ENGINE Creative, EMEA
Kathrin Jesse, Executive Strategy Director, DDB Berlin, Germany
Nicolas Chidiac, Brand & Experience Strategy Lead, Razorfish, North America
Tom Hidvegi, Creative Strategy Director Latin America, The Coca-Cola Company, LATAM
Devika Bulchandani, CEO, Ogilvy NA, USA

Design and Industry Craft
Jury President - Greg Quinton, Chief Creative Officer, Superunion, Global

Christophe Pradere, CEO & Founder, BETC Design & BETC Asia, France
Malvika Mehra, Independent Creative Director & Brand Consultant, Independent, India
Roanna Williams, Chief Creative Officer, Net#work BBDO, South Africa
Jakob Trollbäck, Founder & Executive Creative Director, The New Division, Sweden
Ben Usher, Creative Director, FCB Inferno, UK


Digital and Mobile
Jury President - Caitlin Ryan, Regional Director, Creative Shop, Facebook, EMEA

Eduardo Marques, Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe BeNe, The Netherlands/Belgium
Carla Leveratto, Creative Partnerships Manager, Google, Italy
Guy Futcher, Executive Creative Director, VMLY&R, Singapore
Vicky Wang, Group Creative Director, ISOBAR China Group, China
Michael Nagy, Creative Director, Jung von Matt DONAU, Austria
Anthony Moss, Group Executive Creative Director, DDB Melbourne, Australia
Zoha Zoya, Head of Experience Design, R/GA, EMEA

Direct and Outdoor
Jury President - Peter Khoury, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Hunt Lascaris, South Africa

Alice Chou, Chief Creative Officer, dentsu mcgarrybowen, Taiwan
Catalin Dobre, Chief Creative Officer, McCann Worldgroup Romania and CEE Creative Director McCann Worldgroup, Romania
Laura Müller-Rossbach, Creative Director, Serviceplan, Germany
Nene Parsotam, Creative Director, VINE Creatives, UK
Ben Sun Erhei, Managing Director & Chief Creative Officer, China, Havas, China
Thomas Derouault, Executive Creative Director, Wunderman Thompson Paris, France
Zeynep Orbay, Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Jury President - Luke Southern, CEO, DRUM, UK

Alba Vence, Chief Creative Officer, FCB&FiRe, Spain
Jenny Orru, Branded Content Strategist, Independent (previously NoFilter), France
Tytus Klepacz, Creative Director, Independent / Tytpol Advertising, Poland
Angel Lee, VP Partnership & Regional Director - APAC, Big Sync Music, APAC
Simon Bookallil, CEO, Bashful, Australia
Sandipan Bhattacharyya, Managing Director & Chief Creative Officer, GREY Group, India

Film, Print & Publishing and Radio & Audio
Jury President - Kate Stanners, Chairwoman & Global Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi, Global

Matthieu Elkaim, President - Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy Paris, France
Malin Wikerberg, CEO & Creative, Garbergs Malmö, Sweden
Álvaro Rodrigues, Founding Partner, CEO, Made Rio, Brazil
Sanele Ngubane, Creative Founder, Samish, South Africa
Jyrki Poutanen, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Helsinki, Finland
Melisa Chamorro, Associate Creative Director, Droga5, USA
EJ C. Galang, Creative Director, MullenLowe London, UK

Film Craft
Jury President - Laura Geagea, Managing Director & Executive Producer, The Sweetshop, China/Asia

Zia Mandviwalla, Director, Finch, New Zealand
Lucas Duque, Creative Music Director, Sonido/Sonido Antro, USA/Brasil
Khalil Bachooali, Founder & Executive Producer, Offroad Films, India
Cinnamon Darvall, Head of Broadcast, McCann, Australia
Shane O'Brien, Executive Creative Director, BBDO Dublin, Ireland
Amr Singh, Director, FORT, South Africa
Catherine Baikousis, Managing Partner, Anorak Film, Germany

Jury President - Matt Eastwood, Global Chief Creative Officer, McCann Health, Global

Veronica Trujillo García, Managing Director, TBWA\Worldhealth, Mexico
Carol Ong, President, Bebebalm, Asia
Lou Shipley, Creative Director, Havas Lynx, UK
Till Hohmann, Chief Creative Officer EMEA, VMLY&R Commerce, EMEA
Teri Gerbec, VP // Creative Director, Digitas Health, USA
Anna Gallais, Deputy Managing Director, Weber Shandwick, Switzerland

Jury President - Imogen Hewitt, CEO, Spark Foundry, Australia

Corinne Verstraete, Managing Director, MediaCom, Belgium
Susanne Persson, Country Manager, Verizon Media, Sweden
Dino Myers-Lamptey, Founder, The Barber Shop, Global
Ana Martín, Chief Strategy Officer for Telefónica, Havas Media Madrid, Spain
Sharon Soh, Head of Integrated Strategy & Marketing, UM, APAC
Kartik Iyer, President Media Brands, Dentsu, India
Luís Mergulhão, CEO, Omnicom Media Group, Portugal

Jury President - Valerie Pinto, CEO, Weber Shandwick, India

Caterina Tonini, CEO, Havas PR Milan, Italy
Alexandre Faure, Managing Director, Edelman, EMEA
Huma Qureshi, Chief Communication & Reputation Officer, GREY Group, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
David Morales, Executive Creative Director, Philipp und Keuntje Berlin, Germany
Leilani Abels, CEO, thrive pr + communications, APAC
Jacqueline Bosselaar, CEO, Strategist, Het PR Bureau, The Netherlands

Dubai Lynx is accepting entries until 3 February 2021. For information on how to enter this year’s awards please visit the Dubai Lynx website. 




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