Introducing the Vega Awards

Expert Jury Panel

The Vega Awards jury panel is composed of highly respected and experienced creatives who have distinguished themselves as the best in their field.
Their diverse knowledge in all fields and disciplines can help to separate the great from the good, bringing their wisdom to the table.

It is with great gratitude and honor that we thank the Jury Panel for dedicating their time, knowledge and hard work to adjudicate at the highest level.
This award would not be possible without this group of creative professionals’ commitment and enthusiasm.


Levente Kovacs

Chief Creative Officer, White Rabbit Budapest

Levente co-founded his Hungary-based indie agency 14 years ago after stints at HKB Bozell and JWT Budapest, moving from junior copywriter to being CCO at White Rabbit Budapest.

He is a strategic thinker and a problem solver, who has developed strong and compelling brand narratives for clients such as: Heineken, Shell, KitKat, Vodafone, WWF. His work has been recognized at multiple shows including Cannes, D&AD, LIA, NYF, Webby; he's also been honored to judge many of the industry's major contests from Young Guns to Cannes Lions.

During his career, he's achieved several 'firsts' for the Hungarian industry – including the first Hungarian piece of work to make the cover of Luerzer's Archive and winning the country's first Platina Effie for long-term effectiveness. Nowadays White Rabbit Budapest is the most awarded, internationally most acclaimed creative agency of Hungary.

While helping brands and businesses embrace purpose-driven strategies and ideas, he's a keen advocate of raising creative standards and nurture talented individuals. A guest lecturer at the Budapest Business University, he also runs a blog about advertising history (Advertising Chronicles) and translates marketing and advertising books into Hungarian.

Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Saadeldin

Strategy Director, Extend | The Ad Network

Ahmed is an award-winning Strategic Planner, Account Manager, and Marketeer. His work has been featured and recognized by Corporate and National Awarding Bodies in Saudi Arabia

He is currently the Director of Strategic Planning at Red Impact Ahmed acts as a Strategic evangelist leveraging best practices and bringing innovative strategic ideas to 360° integrated campaigns. He also developed advertising strategies for the biggest international names in FMCG including Unilever and Kraft Heinz in addition to regional mega brands such as Panda and Batook.

Previously at Drive Dentsu Riyadh, he has worked with brands like Elm, Saudi Electricity Company, Al Watania, and Deutsche Gulf Finance.

Ahmed is comfortable developing end-to-end integrated Traditional, Digital, and Social Campaigns, building robust content strategies, leveraging media and paid search, and excels at pitch presentations and new business development. Ahmed champions the use of these strategies and tactics in the context of the business goals of his clients - driving awareness, driving conversion, and driving revenue.

United States

Joaquin Lynch Garay

Associate Creative Director, ANOMALY

Joaquin Lynch Garay is currently working in California at ANOMALY as Associate Creative Director.

Before that, he and his partner – Federico Munichor, worked at Havas Worldwide New York, Leo Burnett Shanghai as Creative Directors, PONCE Buenos Aires / Lowe, DDB Buenos Aires and Young&Rubicam.

Throughout the last 10 years, they brought ideas to life for Coca-Cola, Under Armour, Trident, Sonnet, NYC Football Club, Axe, Rexona, Impulse, PayPal, VW, Telefonica, Visa, Quilmes beer, Sol beer, Converse, Philips, Energizer, Nat Geo, Nestle, and won awards in many festivals.

They also represented Argentina in Cannes Lions 2010 in the Young Lions Film contest.

Joaquin was also Jury for Ad Stars, EL SOL and LeBook.

United States

Jeff Fryer

Sr. Director, Digital Strategy, Kiterocket

In his current role heading up social media at global tech giant Arm (in the tech market space), Jeff Fryer is responsible for working closely at a strategic level with agency partners on coming up with creative projects for their brand client needs in digital and social marketing - from how they do exec comms for CXOs to brand marketing rollouts to unique projects such as the "Generation Arm 2Z" program with GenZ ambassadors and the social media advertising for big branded events. All while overseeing the strategy for their social media advertising for all the campaigns and projects. Jeff is constantly studying what is driving the needle and creating buzz for the social media community, and he's well familiar with having to sift through those and determine what really brings things up a notch above ranks.

Prior to that, Jeff has spent several years overseeing the social media at Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which sets the standards in digital advertising, which works very closely with the top tier of media companies and advertising agencies from all over the world. As part of that role, he had a front-row seat at IAB MIXX Awards, which celebrates the world's most creative and high-impact digital advertising, on what agencies see as really pushing interactive advertising to new levels.

Before that, he has spent a decade in music and entertainment marketing, which also lends itself to knowing how to do storytelling to the right target audience in a different way.

United States

Olivia Santilli

Partner, Cummins&Partners

Olivia has built a business in Cummins&Partners New York that continues to surpass all expectations through relentless determination. She has instilled an unlimiting and optimistic energy that permeates through the agency’s work, client dealings, and creative delivery. She has cultivated a solution-driven culture fostering an affirming reputation that continues to be the nucleus of their growth.

She has fortified her position as a cultural navigator. With this, she has been sought after as a market disruptor and invited to speak at industry events that explore the defining values of this next generation and how creative agencies are adapting to the new world of always-on, and purpose-driven desires of customers.

This has strengthened her view on steering brands towards a more meaningful, galvanizing role that cultivates communities in a fragmented cultural landscape.

Her work has led the agency to notable recognition such as AdWeek’s 2019 Best Travel & Hospitality Team, AdWeek’s OOH Impact Awards Grand Prix Winner - Strategy, among 11 more awards won for the acclaimed Koalas of NYC global campaign and a further 10 making finalist status. She has also been honored for her creative work at the 2021 UN SDG Action Awards in demonstrating significant impact, innovation, and scope for scale.

In October, 2020 Cummins&Partners New York ranked in the top Adweek 100: Fastest Growing Companies globally with a three-year revenue growth of 111% despite being in the midst of a global economic crisis.

United States

Jon Meakin

President, North America, Clarity PR

Jon has 25 years of public relations experience, encompassing consumer, corporate, business-to-business and crisis and issues management. In his current role, Jon is responsible for co-ordinating Grayling's response to multi-market briefs, working with colleagues from all disciplines throughout the agency' s international network to develop strategies, and ensuring the right resources are brought together. He previously established and ran Grayling' s EMEA-wide account for PayPal. Before joining Grayling, Jon's career saw him develop and run successful UK and international campaigns for clients including Associated British Foods plc, Baxters Food Group, The Gleneagles Hotel, Hasbro, ICI, Marriott International, McCain Foods, News International, PepsiCo, Red Bull, Scottish & Newcastle (now Heineken), Shell, Unilever and Weetabix. Jon is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK and has previously judged several PR industry awards, including the CIPR Excellence Awards, PRCA Awards, the PRWeek Awards and the Romanian PR Awards. Jon is currently resident in San Francisco.


Markus Pargfrieder

CEO, Responsive Spaces

Markus is part of the digital and creative industry for almost 20 years. The majority of those years he spent at Netural, one of the leading digital agencies in Austria. After more than 5 years as Head of Multimedia Lab, Netural and he decided to co-found Responsive Spaces and to take all know-how and experience and focus it towards the edge between analog places and digital worlds. Therefore, exhibitions, trade shows, and events are their natural habitat, as well as any other scenario, where unique space is dedicated to a purpose and a story or message. More often than not, those stories can be propelled through the usage of the right dose of technology, preferably in an interactive and immersive way. Being an 18-year veteran in technologically and digitally driven communication in terms of brand and product messages, Markus has a very strong focus on the thing that still matters the most: the story. At Responsive Spaces, he feels one of his main obligations, that they only use technology to propel stories to otherwise unreachable heights and never the other way around. Therefore his answer to the question, which categories he is qualified the most for is a little bit different: creative projects that are somehow based upon or feature technology and digital possibilities are the ones, where he would feel to be a great fit as a judge.

United States

Martin Bihl

Executive Creative Director, LevLane Advertising

Martin Bihl is executive creative director at LevLane Advertising and editor of

Born on an island off the coast of America, Martin is the third generation in his family to work in advertising. And yet he still seems to be able to write a fairly coherent sentence.

He has created campaigns and creative across a staggering number of client categories – from banks to beers to B2B and beyond – and marketing channels – from traditional print/tv/radio to guerilla to digital to sales promotion to event to things-that-don’t-have-a-name-yet. He’s worked at agencies in New York, St. Louis, Dallas, and Chicago, and with agencies all across the planet. He’s taught marketing, advertising, and branding to undergrads, international master’s students, and MBAs at a variety of universities in the Philadelphia area, and speaks regularly at schools around the country.

Martin’s writing has appeared in such diverse publications as McSweeney’s, Advertising Age, New York Magazine, Eephus, More and more, and he runs where he has interviewed such industry luminaries as Sir John Hegarty, George Lois, and Luke Sullivan. Despite these things, he has no distinguishing characteristics, hobbies, or interests and is utterly devoid of personality altogether.


Birger Linke

Group Creative Director, DMG / Hylink

With two decades in the industry, Birger has worked on both, agency and client side, as a creative and marketeer for Peter Schmidt Group, Springer & Jacoby, Saatchi & Saatchi, JWT, Leo Burnett, BBDO Interone, DMG, set up TBWAVietnam, is partner in two start ups, and currently the Global Group Creative Director at MindChamps - the company leading the revolution in education. Working across disciplines, incl. advertising, digital, and (interior) design, Birger has won more than 120 national and international awards, incl. Gold at Cannes, the first ever D&AD for Vietnam, was named most awarded DM creative in Asia, "hottest" creative in Vietnam, and ranked in the Top 100 of “Hottest Creatives in Asia”. Birger's “TransMariner” campaign for the Republic of Singapore Navy was ranked No.4 in the world (Won Report), his Coke "Olympic Beat" campaign garnered 400 Million views within the first month on air. He created the world's first WeChat ad for BMW, helped make Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore the most awarded direct marketing agency in the world, and TBWAVietnam the most awarded agency in the country. Birger became a member of the advisory council of the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City. Birger is a member of D&AD and The Design Society. He was a judge at London International, New York Festival, Adfest, Award, Young Guns, Pinasthika, AdStars, Golden Bell, Vega Digital Awards, Chillies and Creative Circle Awards. In his free time, Birger lectures and speaks across Asia on marketing and advertising, and works on design projects. He holds a Private Pilot License.

United Kingdom

Greg Wixted

Co Professor in Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina

Greg is a dynamic and committed, innovation and creative entrepreneur with 25 years of experience. He has been a board director at two the world’s leading creative agencies, he is a trained advertising planner. In 2010 he founded Xpert, a London-based creative innovation agency with 3 offices. He has also founded 4 start-ups including; a Tech start-up, an artisanal Ketchup brand, boutique resort brand and Crypto Insurance company in the USA and in 2018, opened Xpert Sports, a decided sports innovation business in the Middle East. He has won over 40 awards for his work and is a recognized speaker on a wide range of subjects from innovation to tech-ups to future consumer trends across many sectors.

He is a visiting co-professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina in in London and he is a mentor at the International School for Creative Art. He is a member of the jury at several global creativity festivals and awards. Over the years he has developed marketing, brand, digital and innovation strategies for clients including; Orange, Diageo, Tesco, DFE, Mars, Sanrio, Sky, Dell, Hearst, Hachette, Famous Grouse, Zahid Group, Lexis Neixis, Bakkavor, Starbucks and Amex just to name a few.


Tim Shelley

Creative Director, Bullfrog

Tim has over 11 years of experience working at the intersection of creative, design and technology to create powerful brand experiences. As part of AKQA San Francisco’s creative leadership team, he pioneers work that defines and leads the industry. Prior to this, Tim was Digital Creative Director at Leo Burnett in Melbourne, where during his 4 years there, rose to a top 10 agency in the world. While there, he drove innovation through initiatives such as Reword, an online anti-bullying and school education tool that educates young teens on proper internet behavior. In the first 12 months, it was installed on over 1 Million computers and most significantly, saw a 67% reduction in bullying behavior per user, offering a solution to a very real issue. Previously Tim has also worked at brand consultancies SouthSouthWest and Hub Group as well as global digital agency, Isobar. His work is consistently recognized at Cannes Lions, One Show, London International Awards, D&AD, Clio, Adfest, Webbys, Young Guns, Spikes Asia, AWARD, Effie Awards, and The FWA, and he has won over 280 creative, design and effectiveness awards. Beyond industry accolades, it’s also featured in Wired, Good Morning America, Mashable, NPR, CNN, 9 News, Daily Telegraph, Net magazine, and more. And, he has personally been selected as the winner of the global Publicis90 start-up program.

United States

Rocco Baldassarre

CEO & Founder, Zebra Advertisement

Rocco Baldassarre is a digital marketing consultant and entrepreneur. He is best known for being the founder of the award-winning digital marketing agency Zebra Advertisement and being the youngest Google Partners All-Star Winner at the age of 24, Forbes 30 under 30, Entrepreneur 360 Best company, Google Premier Partner award, and more.

His clients include Bing Ads and he has been featured by The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and oDesk's Annual Impact Report among other publications.

United States

Jacopo Biorcio

Creative Director, DDB Chicago

Jacopo Biorcio is a Senior Art Director, originally from Italy, now based in New York. He studied Advertising and graphic design in Turin (Italy), before working in London and Berlin, where he worked as an Art Director at DDB, creating integrated campaigns for global clients such as T-Mobile, Sony, Volkswagen, eBay, and others. In 2017 Jacopo moved to New York, joining Saatchi & Saatchi and working on clients including Tide, Olay, Luvs, Pampers, Flipz, Theraflu, and more. Jacopo helped create and develop Tide’s award-winning Super Bowl campaign: “It’s a Tide Ad”. He has collected many industry awards throughout his career including the Film Grand Prix and a Titanium Lion at Cannes Lions Festival, a D&AD Black Pencil, Best in Film at The One Show, and even an Emmy nomination. In 2018, AdAge featured him in their “Creatives You Need to Know” list.


Alessandro Sciortino

Group Executive Creative Director, McCann Worldgroup

A Creative Director with more than 15 years of international experience, Alessandro Sciortino had the opportunity to create integrated campaigns for clients like MasterCard, Honda, Opel, Alitalia, the FAO, and Poste among others. He has led international creatives in Belgium, Germany, and Italy, starting as a copywriter and actually guiding McCann and MRM Rome as a CD on traditional and digital advertising. Alessandro won more than 30 awards worldwide including Cannes, Epica, Eurobest, Eaca, ADCE Awards, to name a few. He also served as a jury member at ADCI, ADCE, and NY Festivals. His professional experience includes knowing 4 languages and involvement in the Scientific Committee of the University of Rome - Master in Media Management.

United States

Jonathan Winbush

Motion Graphic/VR Artist, Winbush Design & Animation

Jonathan Winbush is the founder of Winbush Immersive based out of Orange County California. Since 2006, Jonathan Winbush has been working in motion graphics on many high profile properties for studios such as Marvel, DC Comics, Warner Bros, Hasbro, FOX, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and many more. In 2011 he was rated as one of the top 25 artists in Hollywood by Inferno development and went on to win many awards. Jonathan has been recognized as one of the early pioneers in modern 360 Virtual Reality video and has had his 360 work with Rock Roll Hall of Famer Mix Master Mike showcased at Cannes Film Festival.

United States

Miro Kirov

Lead UX Designer, Miro Kirov

Miro Kirov is an award-winning User Experience Designer with more than ten years of industry experience. As a Lead UX Designer at SoftServe, he led client projects to success by facilitating multiple Design Thinking workshops across the US. As a user advocate, Miro educates and mentors designers by conducting regular talks about the importance of user-centered design.

United States

Brendan Amoruso

Producer, Video Editor, Luna Lyte Studios

Brendan Amoruso is a Producer and Video Editor at the NYC based production Luna Lyte and brings to the table over 10 years of production experience in agency advertising and digital media.

He earned his stripes editing award-winning productions in unique media environments, including experiential Agency Mirrorball, UK based The Mighty Shed and NYC advertising agencies Momentum, Subrosa and Darling. His portfolio has grown from commercial spots and promos to branded documentaries and cultural case studies. His background as a researcher and historian came from his late father, documentarian Marino Amoruso, who influenced him at a young age by taking him on board his interviews and film sets.

He has since used these skills in creating original storytelling for dozens of International brands including Fernet-Branca, RJ Reynolds, Perrier, ESPN, and Goldman Sachs. His work has garnered accolades in the Ex, Effie, Vega, NYX, Telly, and MUSE Creative Awards, and has been featured in LE BOOK, BIZ-BASH and NYC Web Fest. Aside from branded content, last year Brendan became the lead editor for annual Golden Trailer Awards held in downtown Los Angeles, which honors the best of Hollywood's motion picture previews and is consistently working on monthly comedy, wrestling, and sporting event specials that air monthly on INdemand and DirecTV. His company Luna Lyte, is named after his 6-year-old daughter Luna.


Kishore Karumbaiah

Director Of Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Kishore Karumbaiah is the Chief Creative Officer and a Partner at Langoor. He is an award-winning writer who has more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. Gifted with the rare ability to recognize simple yet powerful ideas, Kishore enjoys watching people and that is where his ideas come from, from real life incidents. Ideas that make everyone's pulse race. Kishore is able to recognize a "real" idea when he sees or hears one.


Michael Wong

Creative Director, Film Director, Producer, Michael Wong Films

Michael Wong is currently working as an independent film director, after having spent 16 years as an ad agency art director and creative director. In the late 90s, he left his native Malaysia and arrived in China, where he's worked at such leading agencies as Ogilvy, BBDO, TBWA, Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi.

After more than a decade and has won over 50 creative awards, Michael decided to move onto the filmmaking scene as a writer/director with his directorial debut for Lenovo; a viral video campaign that was to be used in such markets as India, Russia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey, South Africa, South East Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Since then, Michael has been making the truth appealing for brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Citroën, Foton Daimler, Unilever, IDO Jewelry, Johnson & Johnson,, Microsoft, China Petroleum, Celcom and CloudMinds, just to name a few. He is the kind of collaborative thinker who's especially good at expanding on little thoughts and turning them into big ideas, with a strong and steady eye on making the work look and feel fresh.

His directorial debut short film ‘The Story of 90 Coins’ picked up 60+ accolades from international film festivals; which includes the Best Direction and Best Cinematography at Malta Short Film Festival, Rising Star Awards at Canada International Film Festival, Best Foreign Short Film at Ukrainian International Short Film Festival, Best Drama and Best Cinematography at Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Foreign Short at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, among others.

His most recent micro-short film ‘The Tattooist’ has been awarded Best Trailer at HorrorHaus Film Festival, Best Gore, Best Editing and multiple nominations at Independent Horror Movie Awards, Most Terrifying award and multiple nominations at Top Indie Film Awards, Best Trailer at Terror In The Bay Film Festival, Best Director at Diabolical Horror Film Festival, Winners at Calcutta International Cult Film Festival and Cult Critic Movie Awards, among others.

Michael's works have been featured in Shots, Trendwatching, and Graphis magazine. He has judged at the New York Festivals International Advertising Awards and Ad Stars Festival

He is also a co-partner at Scream Zone Entertainment where he conceives and develops crazy concepts for Scream Zone Escape Room, Beijing’s most immersive escape room establishment.


Pier Lalonde

President, Creative Director, Pixel & Cie

Pier Lalonde brings over 35 years of experience in most facets of advertising and web-based communications of all sorts. His job is to foster the best in the creative minds he manages and to always try and breakthrough, no matter the size of the budget or client. As a judge, Pier gained a lot from seeing what is being done in other countries and this serves as his personal enrichment for him and his teams.


Maria Afroditi Patsi

Founder, AdvAge Advertising & NFT Cube Agency

Maria Afroditi Patsi is an award-winning creative and the Founder, Creative Director of Patsi® Art & Design based in Athens - Greece. Maria's artwork has been published and exhibited globally in prestigious design museums and art galleries. "To hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly and to decide impartially" is what describes Maria fittingly as a judge.


Ulf Westmark-Højelsen

Creative Director, Partner, TBWA\Copenhagen

Ulf Westmark-Højelsen has 20 years of experience mainly from the classic network agencies (Saatchi, BBDO, and Leo Burnett). He is now the partner and creative director at the local, independent agency – Connected.


Jurij Plavnik

CEO, Creative Director, F4F Creative Factory

Jurij Plavnik is the founder and CEO Creative Director of F4F Creative Factory, Italy. With 20 years of experience and passion for branding, graphic design, web design and advertising, he has worked with international clients like Castelli Cycling, Lumberjack, Calzedonia, Spalding, and so on. Jurij received multiple international awards like the Italy Web Award, Mediastars (where he participated as a juror), Davey Awards and WebAwards.

United States

Greg Abel

Founder, Tailfin

Greg's career began in advertising at McCann-Erickson and Fitzgerald+Co in Atlanta, then jumped to the digital space, with digital marketing mega-consultancy US Web/CKS (later marchFIRST) where he helped to develop digital strategy and online user experiences for a range of consumer brands. In 2002, Greg cofounded Tailfin, which has grown into a diverse, award-winning marketing and creative services agency. In his spare time, Greg is an avid (or maybe "rabid" is a better term) Atlanta sports fan and a single-engine airplane pilot.

United States

Pantawit Kiangsiri

Film Composer, Pantawit Music Production Corp

Pantawit Kiangsiri is a composer from Thailand who has written for films, television, video games and the concert hall. He’s currently writing a score for China Film Group’s first sci-fi feature film. His credits include writing music for Warner Brothers, Netflix, Digital Domain, Sony, and Vevo. Kiangsiri graduated from the Scoring for Motion and Television Program at USC, having studied with Bruce Broughton and Christopher Young. He has the experience of composing musical scores for over 60 projects including theatrically released feature films, TV series, animation, commercials, and video games. He's also well versed in the audio side of media productions and is able to spot a good creative use of audio, music as well as film editing.

United Kingdom

Charlotte Weyer

Interaction Designer, Google

Charlotte is a UX Designer, Product Designer & UI Designer currently based in London. She's featured on a few judging panels in the past, including BIMAs Product and Service Design. She also runs design mentorship events in search of great new talent. Charlotte oversees their product team and has a great appreciation for the time and commitment required to see through an idea right, and is very passionate about celebrating new innovations in the industry!

United States

Matt Weinberg

Co-Founder and President, Development & Technology, Happy Cog

Matt Weinberg is Co-Founder and Partner, Technology & Development at Happy Cog. With over a decade of experience building technology solutions for Happy Cog's clients, Matt leads our Technology and Development team on technical planning, execution and delivery in all projects. Matt is an expert in blending the latest technical advances with a pragmatic approach, and has developed sites ranging from large publishing platforms to customized eCommerce stores. Matt is a noted eCommerce, PCI, server infrastructure, and ExpressionEngine expert, and has presented at conferences around the world.

United States

Fred Lebhart

CEO, efelle creative

Fred Lebhart merged his passions for design and business to found Seattle-based digital marketing firm efelle creative in 2005, which has grown into an internationally recognized online marketing leader, servicing over 900 clients of all sizes across the globe, and winning 120 national and international design awards in the process.

An expert at strategy and delivering creative marketing, Fred has built a team of 40 dedicated professionals who share his focus and passion for all things digital -this team draws on a diverse mixture of UX, technical and digital marketing talents to deliver for efelle's roster of clients.

He is also the father of adorable twins Luke (Spiderman enthusiast) and Olivia (art director in the making), 8 years old, and married to his high school sweetheart, Summer (after a chance meeting at 7-11, when 17 years old).


Scott Geersen

AI-Prompt Strategist. Director & Founder, Substance studio

A design director for the past 15 years and award-winner across disciplines of design, visual effects, and now 3D, Scott Geersen take an intense interest in the state of the industry. Working at the top of his field, his work has been featured in publications such as Stash, Motionographer, Australian Creative, Desktop, and Computer Arts UK, with features on websites like CG Society, Behance, and many design blogs. Work has also screened globally at events such as Pausefest, SXSW, Promax, Young Guns, The NY One Show, the Sydney Film Festival, and Tropfest. Scott is a contributing member the Australian Production Design Guild and on the council for the Australian Graphic Design Association, and am helping to shape these associations respective award shows, with the introduction of a motion design category and continued refinement in the AGDA Awards and an overhaul to categories in the APDG Awards. Keen to give back to the community, he has recently spoken at design festivals AEAF (Sydney), Node Fest (Melbourne) and Pause Fest (Melbourne). He is also hoping to continue to help shape the industry through more international involvement.




Chia-Hui Lien acts as the Creative Director of Yi Jia Visual Identity Design Co., LTD now. At the same time, she is also the director of the design center of Tung Fang Design University and an assistant professor of arts and crafts. Her professional fields of design include brand design, graphic design, packaging design, book design, and exhibition visual design. She designs various design projects for customers from each and all sections, including Kaohsiung Rapid Transit, Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City Government, China Steel Corporation (CSC), Taiwan Power Company, Kaohsiung City History Museum. She gives a professional perspective on the entries in the design industry with 23 years of professional experience.

United States

Shangning Wang

Design Project Specialist at UNDP, (Former Visual Communication Design Specialist at UNICEF), United Nations Children's Fund

Shangning is a New York-based award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, and all-around creative. He focuses on commercial art, typography, illustration, branding, and poster art. He also sits on the jury for a number of design contests, such as Poster hero 6th, Vega Digital Awards 2016-2018, Muse Creative Awards 2016-2019, COW International Design Festival: COW: ILLUSTRATION 2016, International Reggae Poster Contest 2016-2018, GlobalTrend Awards 2017-2019, 2rd International Poster Competition by Graphic Stories Cyprus, The Rookies International Design Awards, and etc. In the past few years, he also received more than twenty global awards for his work. His works were exhibited in many cities around the world. His design works have been published in many design magazines and featured on more than thirty graphic design blogs. His work has currently been featured by the Adobe InDesign 2020 as the Splash Screen.

He always believes good design can save the world with passion, dream, and love!


Wojtek Jezowski

CEO and Creative Director, Black Rabbit

Wojtek Jezowski has over 15 years of industry experience both in film and television. For the past 6 years, Wojtek is the CEO and creative director of Black Rabbit video content agency. They have received numerous awards for their groundbreaking productions such as "2020: The series", the first corporate sci-fi web series. After receiving the Webby Award Honoree, Wojtek has been taking part in the selection of content for the festival.

United States

Scott Berry

President, MarketCrest, LLC

Scott Berry has more than a decade of experience as a Senior Executive/Officer in billion-dollar Print Marketing and Direct Mail companies (including CMO). For the past 6 years, he's the President of a Full-Service Digital Marketing Agency that he founded (MarketCrest). His perspective comes from both traditional print and direct background as well as modern online marketing background. As founder of his own agency, he constantly evaluates their works to see if it is ready for the client and represents best in class deliverables. His team won a Vega Digital Awards as recently as 2017 and numerous others Marketing and digital awards worldwide. He admires creative people/teams and has a propensity to see the best in people. "We humans, do great work!"


Dmitry Ivanov

Head of Production & Design, Proximity Russia (BBDO Group)

Dmitry Ivanov is the Head of Production & Design at Proximity Russia, and is also a jury member at The Webby and The FWA.

He has 8 years of experience in digital production and advertising as an interactive producer and production team lead. He took part in various digital projects including promo, e-com, and corporate websites, mobile applications, rich media, AR, installations, gaming experiences, some of them has gained recognition from awards such as The FWA, Red Dot, Effie, Awwwards, CSS Design Awards, European Design Awards, to name a few.

Now he leads a team in the digital hub of BBDO Group Russia that is responsible for production of national promo campaigns and digital support for remarkable clients like Visa, Google, Leroy Merlin, Bacardi, Mars, and many more.


Kadambari Sahu

Senior Vice President, Design, ValueLabs

Kadambari is a Design Leader, working as SVP design at ValueLabs. She founded the award-winning design team, User Experience Group at ValueLabs, and is currently leading 50+ designers to create world-class and award-winning products and services to have a positive impact on businesses. Her forte lies in building, growing, coaching, and mentoring high-performance design teams from scratch. She creates design culture by infusing design thinking within organizations and businesses to create a holistic strategy and customer experience. Her practice in design allows her to work on intangible and tangible aspects of design breaking the boundaries between physical, digital, and service design and creating a seamless experience across media, devices, touchpoints, cultures, and geographies. She has worked for clients across geographies spanning, North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

She has won many awards for her work. The latest includes Red Dot awards 2020, Vega Digital Award, DNA Paris 20 awards for Interactivity and Graphics, India’s Best Design Project 2019, India’s Best in-house design team, and many others. She has been part of many national and international fellowships such as BMW Doathon, VR storytelling guild, etc. International grants and exhibitions. She is an international speaker on design and has given talks on many design conferences such as Interaction 20, Interaction 18, organized by IxDA, UXindia, and many others. She is on the international committee of World interaction design day and organizes and hosts the same in Hyderabad.

She is the founder of Sniffing out the differences collective, that started with the grant received from Prince Claus Fund and British Council to explore storytelling through multisensory installation with a focus on smell interactions.

She is an alumna of the National Institute of Design, India, where she did her Post-graduation in New Media Design, which has led her to examine the impact that technologies have on human interactions and culture. She has been curious about the role of design in everyday life and the ways in which human interactions can be mediated, shaped, enhanced, or augmented by technologies.

United States

Medina Clermont

Program Manager, John McNeil Studio

Medina Clermont is a creative services professional, responsible for creating and managing high-quality content and materials for Grayling and its clients. Medina designs and contributes to client proposals, develops digital and other assets for clients, and assists in the continued maintenance and promotion of the Grayling brand worldwide. She also works with account teams on the implementation of integrated communication campaigns.​ As a member of the global Grayling business strategy team, Medina works not only on projects for Grayling US, but also for Grayling offices in LATAM, META, APAC, and Europe. ​ Since launching her marketing career at Grayling, Medina has worked with both enterprise and consumer technology companies including Amadeus, SGI, Rustic Pathways, Slice Intelligence, Simple, and PayPal.​

Costa Rica

Oscar Solano Brenes

Vice President, Porter Novelli

Oscar Solano Brenes is the Chief Creative Officer for the strategic-creative firm, Porter Novelli.

He is a general leader of the creative and digital unit for the region of Central America, Mexico, Caribbean, Ecuador, and Peru; a believer in data-driven creativity, measurement, and innovation through 13 years of experience with global and regional brands such as Coca-Cola, Heineken, BMW, Toyota, American Express, Samsung, Netflix, Taco Bell, McDonald's, Hasbro Latam, Renault, and others.

He is an advertising, marketing, and strategy professional with experience as a senior strategic trigger in creative, digital, and media agencies with experience in strategic planning, content strategy, detection of opportunities, social media, branding, data-driven strategy, and creativity. Oscar is passionate about reading cultural behaviors and transforming them into business opportunities. He is also a faithful follower of data and its implementation in communication and performance strategies.

He has had experience leading planning, digital and creative units at firms such as DDB, Havas, Findasense, and Ketchum.

United States

Mark Goldstein

Co-Founder, Creative Director, Zero Studios

Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years, Mark Goldstein had the privilege of leading, mentoring and learning among diverse teams, resulting in amazing and award-winning creative. Mark has also worked with a variety of notable clients ranging from major household names like Google to startups and small businesses. He constantly strives to make the best-in-class creative but his ultimate goal in life is to have as much fun as possible while doing what he loves.

United States

Kyle Johnson

Principal/Creative Director, BlkMrkt. Cr8tiv Labs

As a creative director and marketing manager, Kyle helps clients understand complex ideas, motivates them to action, and cooperates with media outlets to carry out successful strategies. He is also the recipient of numerous international industry awards hosted by AVA, MarCom, Hermes, etc. Kyle is also a competent judge and had opportunities to utilize his passion for meaningful, quality design to give constructive criticism and appropriate advice where needed.


Alessandro Beda

Loyalty, Digital & Innovation Director, Biedronka

Alessandro is a Digital Transformation Strategy Lead for Central and Eastern Europe at PwC, a MBA student at Berlin School of Creative Leadership, and a professional with 20 years of experience in Marketing, Advertising, Communication, and Design in Brazil, Portugal, and Poland, focused on Retail and FMGC. He’s also a Data Science Specialist who uses Human-centered Design as a main methodology for business transformation and innovation. Prior to joining PwC, he worked for Vershold Group – a Chinese integrated supply chain operating in 13 countries as Chief Design Officer, leading the team responsible for the areas of product development, branding, packaging, and in-store communication, and for Duda Polska, as an Executive Creative Director/Managing Partner responsible for all the related activities with Jerónimo Martins (Pingo Doce and Biedronka) in the areas of omnichannel strategy, customer experience, and communication. Beda also worked for agencies like FCB, McCann and Newcomm Bates.


Christian Knopf

Creative Director, iioos

Christian Knopf is an award-winning Design Director operating in the fields of creative direction and art direction, with a strong passion for graphic design, photography and video. He is based in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 1998, he has been working across a varied range of disciplines - from identity, branding, visual design, motion graphics, user interfaces to conceptualizing complex online communication. Christian's focus and passion lies in integrated brand management and its long-term enhancement. He is primarily motivated by identifying problems, generating awareness as well as finding solutions with a creative and aesthetic visual signature. His digital provenance is distinctive in all his projects and invested across multiple platforms. With more than 15 years of experience as a creative design team leader, Christian is currently the design director at permanent.


Philipp Nottelmann

Brand Experience Director , Landor & Fitch

Philipp works as a brand experience director for the creative network of Landor. He brings knowledge from several areas, including digital, brand identity, concept and art direction, as well as interaction and installation. He has a strong cross-cultural competence combined with an interdisciplinary skill- and mindset. Overall he developed his solution orientated thinking.
He is keen to find solutions for regional and global key clients, corporations of all size and individuals. Philipp takes interest in the environment, new technologies, emergent futures and advocates circular economy and polymath working. Therefore he offers impactful ideas and design with values.

United States

Meelad Al-Arashi

Marketing Lead, Kreative Partners and Company

Meelad Al-Arashi, is an award-winning Marketing & Brand Positioning Advisor at Kreative Partners and Company. She has an exacting eye for quality design and an ability to see what others simply cannot. She can spot creative talents, nurtures it while inspiring catalytic growth.

United States

Elias Dancey

Director of Animation, Flatland Creative, LLC

Elias Dancey is the Owner and Creative Director at Flatland Creative. He is involved in all aspects of running and promoting the business. He directs a team of artists, ensuring that they are meeting the needs and vision of the clients, and also making a lot of designs, art, and animation directly.


Luiis Franceschi

Owner, LUI.IS Digital Boutique Agency

Luiis Franceschi is a swiss young entrepreneur with more than 12 years of practical experience in web, technology, marketing, and design. At 22, he founded LUI.IS LLC, the first and only Interactive Design Boutique Agency in Switzerland. He has important academic background from Stanford, Yonsei University, Copenhagen Business School and University Bocconi. During his successful career, he has worked for some of the most important and awards winning agencies.


Jing Liu

Art Director, Moving Station

Jing Liu is a Beijing based Art director, Branding design specialist, design thinker, design researcher and co-founder at Moving Station Design Lab and Non Form Branding Design and Strategy. Jing studied Philosophy and Visual communication design in mainland China and the Netherlands. He found the THEATER Research Team with China Northern Jiaotong University and TUB (Technical University of Berlin) after he came back from the Netherlands. In the beginning of his career, he spent a could of years doing research and practicing on Information system architecture theories' application on Visual Communication Design. In 2014, he found Moving Station Design Lab and Non Form Branding Design and Strategy, focus on Brand strategy and Branding design.



Creative Director & Founder , Clim Studio

Clim is a multidisciplinary director and designer working between Barcelona and New York City. He first specialized in eye-catching, stylish motion graphics and was known best for his effortless and fluid animation style. Being the co-founder of Sebas and Clim studio took Clim to become an Art and Creative Director and finally a solo film and commercial mixed media Director. The Barcelona native touts over 10 years of in-depth industry experience; his bold and energetic work including diverse films for worldwide clients such as Facebook, Google, Spotify, BBC and Sagmeister & Walsh among others. Clim's unique approach not only yields deceptively simple work but showcases his ability to interpret any kind of script with humor and flair.

United States

Mike Van Linda

Group Creative Director, Wolfgang L.A.

Mike Van Linda is a Creative Director with over 15 years of agency experience. Prior to RPA, he has worked at highly regarded shops: 180LA, 72andSunny, The Martin Agency, and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. In addition to leading creative on the Honda brand, he helps oversee various pro bono accounts: from the Los Angeles LGBT Center to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The latter partnership resulted in the creation of the Imaginary Friend Society — a two-year project designed to help kids better understand cancer through a series of animated films. The films have been permanently adopted by leading pediatric cancer hospitals worldwide and translated into over a dozen languages. Throughout his career, he has been recognized by Cannes, One Show, Clio, Art Director’s Club, and the Webby award shows. In 2018, he was honored to be named to the distinguished Adweek 100 list.


Nikolina Popovic

Creative director , Liwa Content. Driven.

Currently Nikolina is lecturer at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan and founder of Brain Propaganda, the agency who uses principles and tools of neuroscience in advertising. She has built her career in some of the biggest networks like Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Grey, Havas. Nikolina has been exposed to diverse cultures throughout her career – from China, Italy, Slovakia, to Ethiopia and then from the Horn of Africa to Qatar. She has been regularly recognized for her work, with accolades from several awards shows. She is also part of numerous jury panels.

United Arab Emirates

Shadi Al Hroub

Founder & CEO (Chief Creative), menamonsters

Shadi Al Hroub, an award-winning leader and creative director with over 16 years of experience and 9 years of research in branding, has been recognized by the international community for his outstanding achievements and has earned 29 international awards.

He had the privilege of working with some of the most innovative brands and organizations in the world including Leo Burnett, Hilton Worldwide, Jordan Aviation, Royal Falcon, Jordan Duty-Free, Samsung Electronics, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, G2000 AG (formerly G2000 Clothing Group), Hublot Watches and The One by Young Couture as well as various NGOs including UNRWA, International Trade Center (UN), Global Health Development and USAID.

Additionally, Shadi was the chair of the Media Awards Judging Committee for our 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. And a team facilitator for the World Design Challenge on Sustainable Packaging that tackles UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, and a peer reviewer for the Journal for Artistic Research. Finally, he was a judge for the next creative leader of the USA 2021 by One Club for Creativity, and Biennial exhibition 2022.


James Leal-Valias

Creative Director, Critical Mass

James has over 20 years of experience in interactive design, advertising and film. He has also spoken at several conferences, including nextMedia and HOW Design Conference. He has lead large global design teams at both Critical Mass, iStock and Getty Images.


Guilherme Ferreira

CEO, Atom 6

Passionate about innovation and with more than 16 years of international experience as UX / UI Designer, Guilherme Ferreira has been responsible for improving the experience of millions of people around the world. His projects impact the most varied industries, helping from the most promising startups, such as BuildFire, CrewHu, Plannista, to big companies like Mercedes-Benz, AGCO, among others. He was responsible for the security project used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro and is also the special guest speaker at "Inside the Mind of the Brilliant Designers 2017" a conference of the General Assembly in San Francisco, CA. He is also the outstanding Former Alumnus of UNISUL - University of Southern Brazil.

United States

Paulo Cunha

President, SeatGeek

Paulo Cunha is the President of Consumer at SeatGeek, an online ticket marketplace for sports, concerts, theater, and other live events.

Prior to joining SeatGeek, Paulo spent 8 years at Expedia Group as Vice-President & Global Head of Growth Marketing, the world’s largest travel platform, in various marketing and general management roles. He oversaw a digital marketing budget of over hundreds of millions of dollars across search, social, online display, app marketing, and digital video.

Before joining Expedia, he was a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, led the portfolio operations team for a private equity fund, and was an associate professor of management at Nova University Lisbon.

Paulo Cunha received a PhD in management from Tilburg University, and a BA in business administration from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa.

Paulo is also an Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and a judge for The Webby Awards. In the past, he has also been a member of the judging panel for the Chartered Institute of Marketing 2020 Marketing Awards.

United Kingdom

Gareth Leeding

Head of Creative Strategy APAC , Snap Inc.

Since joining We Are Social in 2012, Gareth has led campaigns and projects for global brands including Adidas, Audi, Red Bull, YouTube, and PlayStation. In 2018 he co-founded We Are Social Sport, the agency's first specialist division with the goal of rewriting the rules of sports marketing. He specializes in cut-through creative that uses the power of social, with a portfolio of award-winning work for Adidas that includes Pogba x Stormzy and Tango Squad FC.

United States

Christine David

Founder | Director, Chriss David & Associates

Chief Creative Marketing Officer at Chriss David & Associates, Chriss David has an MBA from St. Bonaventure University and a BFA from State University New York as well as over 20 years of expertise in integrated marketing and advertising. Her expertise in the industry has led to the development of hundreds of successful marketing brand campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and many non-profit organizations in the local and international community. As an award-winning designer, professor and department director in higher education, Chriss is nationally recognized. Her clients have included The Florida Justice Association, Zippo Mfg., Harley-Davidson, Truly Nolen, Coke, the Ronald McDonald House, the Boys and Girls Club, educational institutions, numerous law firms and doctors, Beverly McClellan (Grammy-nominated artist), Prince Andrew’s Foundation, the Dali Lama, and the United Nations to name a few. Most recently, she received the American Advertising Federation’s National Silver Star medal and was induction into the Advertising Honor Society, Alpha Delta Sigma. Chriss is devoted to causes that protect the Earth, children, and animals. She is a volunteer for Luna Mystics Equine Sanctuary and is proud to call Martin County her home. She has served as a member of the YMCA Advisory Board, Chair for the Library Board of Trustees, Vice Chair for the Enterprise Zone, Vice Chair for the Public Art Advisory Board, and the Historic Preservation Board in Martin County, Florida. She states, “Within each of us there lies a creative spirit capable of unimagined things. It is my goal to bring all that cross my path into the light of the creative spirit and back to knowing that universally, we are all interconnected, and together with gratitude we can make a difference in the world.” That is what she aims to do for all clients... help them make a difference with their communication efforts.


Leonardo Zakour

Co-Founder & CEO, Refokus

Leonardo Zakour is an Argentine Product Designer currently living in Hamburg, Germany. After getting his degree in Graphic Design, he worked as a freelance branding and interaction designer with various international brands and agencies. In 2009 he founded BONS, a digital agency working with startups and forward-thinking companies to build amazing digital products. For the past eight years, Leonardo has been building new products of his own and helping entrepreneurs build successful startups. He is a full-stack Product Designer, capable of taking concepts and ideas all the way to high-quality finished products. Leonardo is passionate about UI/UX and technology. If not at his desk, you can find him in conferences and meetups around the world. He is highly focused on quality and innovation, always searching for new and exciting products that solve real problems and give great value to the user.


Victor Gutierrez de Tena

Chief Strategy Officer, MediaCom

Victor is a member of the Executive Committee at Havas Media Barcelona and agency's Strategic leader, with a vision to develop communication and business worlds in a way that allows them to build solutions based on four pillars: the context in which they are, business goals and brand identity, consumer needs and the definition of a media mix which converge new media with traditional media based on affinity, reach and influence. The department's mission is to work together with the different departments (Creativity, Research, Data & Analytics, and Media) in order to enrich a global strategic vision, with the goal to evolve and adapt brands to the new economic paradigm. Working in a media agency, added to his previous experience in a creative agency, has allowed him to proficient on an integrated 'know-how' technique: Metrics and KPI's, research tools, targeting, digital communications and media, digital buying, branding, strategy, innovation, business, marketing plan, new media and leadership.


Ronn Lee

Creative Director, BEAMY

Ronn is a multidisciplinary brand and design creative with over 20 years of industry experience – leading concept, branding, graphic design, interactive and product ideation projects across different industry sectors.

She is the Founding Partner and Creative Director of BEAMY, a branding and multi-disciplinary creative outfit headquartered in Shanghai, with offices in Singapore and New York.

A fearless pioneer, she moved from Singapore to Shanghai and eventually co-founded BEAMY, after discovering China’s burgeoning market potential for branding and creative services. Prior to Shanghai, Ronn worked as an Art Director in Tokyo. Her experience in Singapore, Japan and China has exposed her to vastly different working cultures, creative and design sensibilities.

Till date, Ronn’s works have garnered over 100 international design and creative awards. She is also on the jury panel alongside some of the industry’s greats in a number of international award shows.


Zhou WenJun

Founder & Design Director, 524 Studio

Zhou Wenjun is the Founder, Creative Director, and Architect of 524 Studio based in Beijing. His work focuses on architecture, visual communication, product design, and other fields. Zhou's work has been published and exhibited globally, including U.S., Japan, Germany, British, China, to name a few, and have earned a plethora of international awards. With his international jury experiences, Zhou was invited to the U.S. and Italy as a judge for several international design awards.

United States

Jules Mercado


Jules Mercado has been a graphic designer for over 10 years. He owns, which he designed everything by himself. His website is ranked #1 in its category on every search engine. The website is a PSD Template site with Flyers, Mixtapes, DJ Business Cards, and Banners along with plenty of free PSDs to help other designers. Jules has the experience needed to critique other designers work.


Jimmy Landaburu

Digital Creative Director, Ludikom

Through his career he's had the opportunity of working in some of Ecuador's top agencies such as Maruri Grey, Norlop JWT, Lowe and Y&R. Always aware of the need to acquire different perspectives to expand his knowledge about the advertising industry he worked as an intern in top agencies Agulla & Baccetti, Y&R (Argentina) and Grey Brasil. Jimmy's creative portfolio includes some recognitions and awards in both national and international festivals, such as New York Festivals, El Ojo de Iberoamerica, Condor de Oro, Festival del Caribe, Diario El Comercio, among others. Has had several publications of his work and interviews in diverse advertising and design sites like Latinspots, Abduzeedo and Fubiz Recently in 2016 he had the honor of being invited by The One Club to participate as a Mentor on the Creative Bootcamp New York hosted by Wunderman & Creative Bootcamp London hosted by Wieden + Kennedy, and chosen to be part of preliminary jurys on Adstars Festival in Korea. As also it represents Jury in FEPI Festival Independiente de Publicidad. This year Jimmy was confirmed like Grand Jury on New York Festivals, Chief Jury on Luxury advertising Awards, Grand jury on Muse Awards, Mentor & Jury on Adobe Design Awards and Preliminary Jury on Cresta International Awards in New York. At the present time he works as a Senior Creative Art Director in Creacional AAG, On line Academic 3D teacher in Crehana creativity school, Academic Mentor on Bendita carpeta Argentina.

United States

Emaneul Kapp

Director of Media, Stewards of Wildlife Conservation

Growing up in northern of South Africa on a farm, Emaneul has always had an immense love and respect for wildlife. During the past 8 years, his love for conservation has been unmistakable in everything he does. Recently, joining Stewards of Wildlife Conservation (SWC) as their Director of Operations, it has blossomed into a passion, growing with each new project. SWC has given him the platform from which he can make a difference, with not just African animals, but species from all over the globe. Supporting both in-situ and ex-situ conservation it has allowed him to further his expertise in conservation and make a difference on both sides of the spectrum. Being involved in the everyday planning, organizing and operating of several different projects are both exciting and rewarding. His recent trip to South Africa was a huge success in documenting information for their Rhino Forever Project and has brought them closer to bringing Southern White Rhinos to Texas. He also has the privilege to work with like-minded individuals in the industry by attending tradeshows to promote and raise conservation dollars for both SWC and our conservation partners. He believes in what he does, and what they do as a team at SWC does make a difference, and the proof is evident in all his projects.


Liliana Farinha

COO , WYcreative

With more than 10 years of experience in digital marketing, Liliana closely follows social media and web advertising projects as well as the more complex websites regarding specifications and implementation, among other communication projects. Her portfolio includes clients such as NOVO BANCO, REN, Minipreço, Pestana Group, FOX International Channels, The Navigator Company, Casa da Música, Honda, MSD, Zippy, NOWO, BFA, LACS, L'Oréal, Sogrape Vinhos, and Bayer, among others. Dedicated and passionate about the Web, project management and team management, she does not dispense with music and travel in her life.


Olivier Hero Dressen

Director / Photographer, Studio Supreme |

Olivier Hero Dressen has a long experience in media, extending to various places in the world. His work is eclectic in different areas and medium. Olivier is passionate about art and design in any form.

United Kingdom

Andrea Foresi

Senior Creative, Art Director, Media.Monks London

Andrea is an award-winning Creative and Art Director based in London. Over the years, he has honed his conceptual, tech-driven approach, always pushing into new ground, especially in digital. He has worked for a variety of global and independent agencies, from Publicis Milan to Wunderman UK, and tackled the big issues for many major brands, including Bentley, Renault, Microsoft, Heineken, Shell, and GSK.



Creative Director, Creplus Design

Hao Shan graduated from National Higher College of Fine Arts in Limoges, France, obtained DNSEP (diplôme national supérieur d'expression plastique).

He served as Art Director of Publicis Conseil in Paris and Visual design Director of THOMSON Group’s headquarter in Paris. He returned to China in 2009 and founded Creplus Design studio in the same year. Currently, he serve as the Director of the Department of Visual Communication, School of Art Design&Media, East China University of Science and Technology. He is also a visual design project evaluation expert of the Shanghai Municipal Government, a jury member at A` design award & competition.

With oriental and western design art education background, years of design and management experience in French international first-class design corporations, rich experience in international brand design projects, such as L'oreal, Garnier, Nike, SFR, Dassault, Renault, Citroen, Clubmed, Nestlé, PMU, Disney, Banque of Communication, etc, the works he designed have won the Gold Award in Graphis International Advertising Design Competition, How International Design Awards, Platinum Award in MUSE Creative Awards, Award of Excellence in 2019 Communication Art Competition, Silver Award of “Corel” European Youth Image Design Competition, ChinaStar Design Award, etc. His works have been published in professional magazines such as Graphis, Etapes, HOW, The Best of Design, New Graphic, Packaging and Design, Idea & Design, etc.

Hao Shan has also been invited to serve as the design review in several important events and projects, such as Visual design of Shanghai International Film &TV Festival, Brand design of Shanghai World Expo Museum, International Tourism Image design of Shanghai, and Visual design of Shanghai Lawrence International Sports Award.

United States

Matthew Smith

CEO, Modmacro, Inc.

Matthew's agency, Modmacro, has won hundreds of marketing communications, branding, and design awards. His firm has completed over 1,000 projects working in partnership with their small business and nonprofit clients.


Kumar Jha

Founder, Opportunities Australia

Kumar is a passionate advertiser and has a great understanding of creativity. Kumar runs a global creative agency and works with over 5,000 high profile creatives. They have worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Audi, Bacardi, GE, Lexus, Marriott and many more international brands. He has been a mentor at various places.

United States

DJ Summitt

Senior Motion Designer, SiriusXM

DJ Summitt is the award-winning Creative Director of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's Application and Content Globalization team and Founder, Motion Designer of Summitt FilmWorks in San Diego, CA. Sitting at the juncture of generations and the edge of nations, DJ fuses bleeding-edge techniques, proven design theory, international experience, and heaping dose of the x-factor to help his clients' projects and products leap out of the screen and into the audience's lifestyle.

United States

Zizhu Zhao

Founder and CEO, Pantawit Music Production Corporation

Zizhu Zhao is founder of Pantawit Music Production. She is a music producers/ music supervisor, pianist and guzheng player, She is currently producing the score to the first Chinese sic-fi film by China Film Group Corporation which is set to hit theaters later this year. Her other producing include Digital Domain’s "Micro Giant", a Warner Brother’s new short film "LUNA"and contracting credits NETFLIX's "Chef's Table" and many others. As a performer Zizhu has given piano recitals in the US, Italy and China. Most recently she collaborated with a prominent visual artist Refik Anadol in a work combining Chinese ancient culture with world modern technology. Zizhu received her Master’s degree at USC in piano performance.

United States

Shefik Macauley

Technical Lead, NBC Sports at NBCUniversal

Currently celebrating 20 years in the entertainment and technology industries, Shefik is an accomplished industry insider, who has appeared on MTV, SiriusXM, PBS, network television, and in print media, as well as internationally on TRT World (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, based in Istanbul, Turkey). He has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. A seasoned pro in social media with a career background as a Lead Architect and Senior Web Developer, Shefik is on the cutting edge of new media. As a videographer and producer, his work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME Magazine, The Washington Center, “Unsung” (TV One), and Broadway World. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail (based in the United Kingdom), Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally-syndicated radio show “Shefik presents Invocation”, which is broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States.

United States

Vasile B Tiplea

Head of Design, Colgate-Palmolive

Vasile B. Tiplea is the man, mind, and mobile development magician behind the curtain at Creative27. More formerly, he’s the award-winning Director of Product and Design at Creative27 with more than 10 years of experience under his belt. Vasile’s work and leadership at the helm of Creative27 have earned this digital agency international recognition and Fortune 500 clients such as Samsung, BBC Worldwide, Westfield, BCBG Maxazria Group, US Cellular, Univision, and Meijers to name a few. Recently, Creative27 was selected as Best Digital Agency for Innovation and App Design in California by The Corporate America Boardroomelite Twenty Sixteen. This is an honor given to showcase the most respected companies and their C-level executives while recognizing and rewarding outstanding success, innovation, and ethics across America’s business communities.


Daniel da Hora

Professor, Universidade Federal da Paraíba

Considered one of the most important creatives of his generation, Daniel da Hora is a multi-awarded creative with 20 years of experience in the industry. He built successful regional and national cases for brands such as Apple, Carrier, Castrol, Honda, GM, and others. He majored in Graphic Design, with postgraduate (Master's / Doctorate) in Communication and Semiotics. Daniel is an awarded speaker and member of the jury at several global creativity festivals, such as Cannes Lions; Clio Awards, New York Festivals, London International Awards, A-Design Awards, Cristal Festival, El Ojo de Iberoamerica, among many others. Named one of the "Ten most influential creatives in Brazil in 2009" by AdvertLatina. In 2014, Daniel was named by the Brazilian media as the "Brazilian creative that most attended to creativity juries in the early 21st Century" and was appointed the "Number 1 Creative Juror of the World in 2015" by The NextGag Magazine. He is also a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (iADAS), The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), and Art Director's Club (NY/USA). In 2016, he was named by Creativepool as the TOP 3 Creative Directors of the world.

United States

Matthew Fitz-Henry

Founder | CEO, Genome

For over 15 years, Matt has been immersed in the convergence of digital media, entertainment, and brand. Matt is the Founder & CEO of Genome, an experiential digital innovation agency based in lower Manhattan, NYC. Genome currently works with clients ranging from early stage start-ups, to Fortune 100 brands, in addition to being a digital production partner for larger agencies and holding companies. Before starting Genome, Matt was the EVP / GM of the digital agency startup HYFN that grew to over 55 people and was acquired by LIN Media (NYSE: LIN), a broadcast television company. In his role at HYFN Matt was responsible for overseeing business development, operations, and client services and worked directly with clients including Google, Microsoft, Intuit, Levi's, Pepsi, and many others. While at HYFN the company was the recipient of numerous awards including, the 2012 OMMA Award for Best B2B initiative (Google Gomo), the 2012 Golden Tweet Award (Wendy's), and the 2012 Promo Award (Olympus Pen Ready Campaign). Prior to joining HYFN Matt was the head of digital for Disney Music Group where he was responsible for the digital business and content deals for Hollywood Records, Lyric Street Records and Walt Disney Records. The roster of these labels include such artists as: The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Rascal Flatts, Breaking Benjamin, Plain White T's, and Selena Gomez, in addition to the franchise properties such as: Tron, High School Musical, Cars, The Chronicles of Narnia, Hannah Montana, Alice in Wonderland and many others. While at Disney Matt also co-produced "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat: Disney Jazz, Vol 1" a collection of Disney standards re-imagined by jazz artists including Grammy award-winning Esperanza Spaulding, Gil Goldstein, Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, the Bad Plus, Regina Carter, Gilad Hekselman and many others. Matt holds degrees in both Jazz performance and Music Business from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He is a voting member of the Grammy's and the CMA's. He is also an active speaker, company advisor, and product development consultant. Matt also owns and operates a restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.



CEO, Barrett and Welsh

As CEO and Partner at Barrett and Welsh, Ishan leads a team of Idea Generators. Ideas that help build his clients businesses. Ideas that engage and change the game in the markets that its clients operate in and which give them the cutting edge. As a marketing entrepreneur for three decades and having worked in network agencies, like Leo Burnett, Ogilvy, Lowe, etc, in several markets around the world, Ishan guides the agency’s clients, to recognize the relevance and criticality for marketers to engage the Diversity and Inclusion market in Canada and helps them see the limitless business opportunities that it brings. Ishan’s 30+ year career has spanned branding and advertising companies such as JWT, Ogilvy & Mather, Leo Burnett, and Vickers & Benson. He has been involved in the marketing and development of several international brands such as McDonald’s, Mothercare, Kellogg’s, Bata, Holiday Inn, P&G brands, Unilever brands, Walmart, TD Canada Trust and the Bank of Montreal. Ishan has been on the Summit Creative Awards jury in 2012. He has also served on the jury of the Georgie Awards (the marketing excellence awards of the Canadian Home Builders Association of British Columbia) for 15 years successively. He has been a judge for the Canadian Marketing Association, Marketing Effectiveness Awards for 4 years as well as the national Marketing Awards for creative for 2 years. He has also been on the awards jury of the MaRS centre for innovative startups competition twice.

United States

Shakir Dzheyranov

Co-Founder, Hello Robo

Recognized in Business Insider 2016 The 30 most creative people in advertising under 30, Shakir Dzheyranov's unique style and confidence mark him out as a powerful force in the advertising industry. He has won numerous awards, including Awwwards, FWA, Webby, Addy, CSS Design and Key Art, One to Watch. Besides being a strong creative, Shakir has lots of experience in adjudicating design competitions as well as giving workshops.


Claudia Goergen

Managing Director, FILMUNIQUE Medienproduktion GmbH

Claudia Goergen is the managing director of FILMUNIQUE Medienproduktion GmbH and has already worked in and for many different media in her professional career. She has many years of relevant professional experience in the field of public relations, web and film and worked as a person in charge within companies as well as a creative for companies. Claudia is able to perceive the strength of a campaign, but also the deficiencies when it comes to viability or reaching the intended target groups.


Pancho Gonzalez

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Inbrax

Pancho González studied advertising at the Universidad de Santiago in Chile and MBA at the Berlin School in Steinbeis University, Germany. He has worked in the best Chilean advertising agencies and currently is Chief Creative Officer at Inbrax Chile; Director at Achap (Chilean Advertising Association) and Director & VP at IAB Chile. He has been judge at major worldwide advertising festivals, including Cannes, Clio Awards, The New York Festivals, Art Director's Club, LIAA, Mobius, Webbys Awards, Ad Stars, PIAF Awards, Grand Jury at Cresta, FIAP, FICE, Effie Awards, Golden Awards of Montreaux, Cristal Festival, Eagle Awards, El Ojo de Iberoamerica and Achap (Chile), among many others and was the first Chilean to chair the jury of AME Awards in New York and teaching at Miami Ad School. He has been speaker in Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Mexico, Germany, United States, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Czech Republic and Chile.

More than 100 national and international recognitions (Cannes, ADC's, New York Festivals, FIAP, Ojo de Iberoamerica, Effie, Grand Effie, Grand Prix FICE, Young Guns, Epica Awards, Cristal Festival, Creativity, Young Creatives One Show, Cresta Awards, Graphis, Eagle, AdStar, IAB, WINA Awards, Achap, Archive, Creativepool, The Indie Summit Awards, Creativepool, FICE, Fepi, Eagle Awards, Summit Creative Awards, A’Design Awards, Never Zapping Festival). Recently nominated in the Top 25 Worldwide CCO and Worldwide Top 100 Influencer by Creativepool 2017- 2018, London; Adlatina ranked his agency Chilean Top Ten at Crema 2014 and it was located at 7th place in WINA Festival 2016; Top One Creative Director, Top 10 ECD and Top 10 Creative Agency at 2017; Top one worldwide CCO jury at TheNextGag 2017 and nominated MKTG BEST 2018 as Chief Creative Director in Chile. Throughout his career he had worked for local and global brands and is happily married with Carolina whom he has a son called Caetano.

What happened in 2018?

First Chilean to be a jury at the World Media Awards (England), and also jury at Muse Awards (Germany), Mobile Web Awards (USA), Webby Awards (USA), Cresta Awards Grand Jury (USA), Lisbon International Advertising Awards (Lisbon), Web Awards (USA), W3 Awards (USA), The Indie Awards (England), Summit International Awards (USA), Golden Awards of Montreaux (Switzerland) and The Communicator Awards (USA); speaker at Academia Achap “Content Marketing” (Chile), Universidad Autónoma (Chile), Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile); and Global Trend Awards Panelist (Germany); shortlisted Small Agency of the year at Creativepool, In Book Top 200 Best Digital Arts at Lüerzer’s Archive and Best of Show Summit Creative Award.


Francesco Milaneso

Executive Creative Director, Triplesense Reply - Italy

Francesco Milanesio is the Executive Creative Director at Triplesense Reply. He's passionate about innovative solutions that assist brands to entertain, inspire, and inform; creating beautiful ideas, products, and services.

He has designed integrated communication plans, services, digital brand experiences and content for global and local brands such as FCA, Ferrari, Google, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, and Samsung.

Since 2016, he has been Executive Creative Director and UX lead at Triplesense, a design and creative consulting firm that aims to address and improve digital interaction and engagement between people, products, and brands, through user-centered design.

He doesn't believe in stories, but he loves telling them.

Specialties: digital design, integrated communication, UX/UI, storytelling.


Klaus Sommer Paulsen

CEO & Founder, AdventureLAB

Klaus Sommer Paulsen is an award-winner with more than 20 years of experience and a regular judge with the Web Marketing Association's Web Awards. He has numerous judging experience from various International and national awards, and has been awarded an associate membership with IADAS, signifying him as a regular judge with Webby Awards and Lovie Awards.

United Kingdom

Kate Tancred

Chief Executive Officer, Untold Fable

Kate is the CEO and Co-founder of a video commissioning platform. The Smalls connects advertisers, broadcasters and publishers with a global community of award-winning video creators. They combine agency-style service with a direct-to-source model to create high quality, original video content with expert creators from around the world.


Aleksandr Tikhonov

CEO, Contorra Family

Aleksandr Tikhonov deals with numerous websites and designs with various shades of greatness, coolness, trendyness, and he has to differ them every day. Aleksandr often explains his choices to other people with different levels of knowledge, experience, as well as taste in design, web, and art.

United States

Yaroslav Zubko

Founder, Zubko Studio

During his professional career, Yaroslav Zubko has collaborated with big corporations and small startups from all over the world recently led a product design team in the New York-based company called Uptop. Currently, he is facilitating technology to help people make connections as a Product Designer at Tinder.
Among his achievements in the field, he had highlight dozens of Best on the Day/Month awards at Uplabs, interviews at such professional internet sources as Dribbble and Uplabs. His work and name have been featured on 365awesomedesigners, Muzli, CollectUI, and other design inspiration sources. As a part of his professional activity, he has been featured multiple times as a Design Mentor and Coach at Uplabs, Judge at DevChallange, WebAward, ItAwards, Jury Member at CSS Design Awards, etc.

United Kingdom

Nick Ford-Young

Co-founder / Co-CEO, Boldspace

Nick Ford-Young has extensive knowledge producing a range of work from brand consultancy to creative content for some of the world's biggest brands. His work has taken him around the globe, delivering award winning work for clients such as Cadillac, Bulgari, One & Only, Clinique, Diageo, American Airlines and Barclays Wealth, recognised by Webby, Shorty and Travel Video Alliance awards. Nick has an innate ability to question and critically analyse all the work he produces to ensure it answers objectives in the clearest and most concise way possible. This is how he drives not only his own work to be the best, but the agency's as a whole. Nick has also previously run his own enterprise business, bringing him experience on both sides of the fence and putting him in a great position to understand brands' short and long term strategic needs. As a result of Studio Black Tomato's close ties with mother company Black Tomato, Nick perfectly understands the worlds of lifestyle and travel, the respective market trends and more importantly what stands out. He strongly believes that in order to connect to an audience and build long-term, lasting brand loyalty, cultural connections must be established between the brand and its audience.


Alex Tan

President, NOKUA International

Alex is the President at Nokua International, an award-winning agency, with more than 10 years of experience in both advertising agencies and in-house teams in various roles, including design, art direction, and creative direction. As a President and Creative Director, Alex has created successful initiatives for international brands such as Walt Disney Licensee, DreamWorks Production Licensee, Herbalife, Nu Skin, Cartivia, Avon, Singapore Expo, MPH Bookstores, Garnier etc. Alex is also responsible for company strategy, creative vision, and user experience. He works directly with clients to leverage concept and idea in order to create meaningful experiences designed that inspire and improve clients' brand and peoples' lives. Alex brings his passion for design to Nokua's office by creating a work environment that fosters collaboration and personal growth, and a culture that celebrates a healthy work/play balance. With a focus on creative design, his goal is to create work that is not only beautiful to look at but produces the results a client needs.

United States

Alex Mathias

Vice President, Isadora Agency

Alex Mathias is the VP at Isadora Agency. Alex has significant experience in building small business and Fortune 500 client partnerships alike, by maintaining lasting relationships through trust, results and tailored business solutions. He has demonstrated the ability to partner with executive teams on strategic decision-making. Highly developed in analytical, organizational, and leadership abilities as well as extremely well versed in digital infrastructure including content, email marketing, SEO, and social media marketing.


Pavel Kozlov

Founder, Designer, Writer, Peopleofdesign

Founder of Peopleofdesign and co-founder of Radugadesign, Pavel Kozlov, is a Russian based graphic, web, UI, and fashion designer. He is experienced in creating graphic designs for restaurants, UI and web design for banking systems as well as having the experience in both retail and production companies. His work was exhibited in Moscow, at The Central Hour of Artists for his extraordinary designs. Pavel also served as a judge at A' Design Award & Competition last year.


Holger Koenig


With more than 20 years of television and marketing film production, Holger Koenig is able to distinguish the outstanding from the mainstream work. He is the Head of Film Jury at Best of Content Marketing Awards in Germany, judge for Healthcare Marketing Spots, and an expert in Storytelling and StoryBrand Certified Guide.

United States

Nicholas Jackson

Creative Director, Barbarian

Nicholas Jackson is a Creative Director living in Brooklyn. His work is concentrated in branded content, interactive design, advertising and branding. His extreme passion for design helps drive his passion for creating exciting new interactive experiences across digital and print. Over his career Nick has worked with clients such as Philips, GE and Shell and worked for companies such as Sapient Nitro, The New York Times and Frank Collective.


Olga Shevchenko

Creative Director, Vintage Web Production

Olga Shevchenko's life is dedicated to designing. She loves her work and that's what inspires her and helps her grow! While all her childhood friends liked to play different games, she liked to play with fonts :) She's a member of the jury at Awwwards, The Webby Awards and proud to be a Creative Director at Vintage, the most awarded web production in Ukraine. The works are winning awards as the best sites in the world (The Webby Awards, International Design Awards, Golden Hammer, CSSDA, Awwwards, ADC, European Design Awards etc.).


Alessandro Miasi

Creative Director, Bcube

Alessandro - or Ale - is an award-winning copywriter with international experience. As a Senior Copywriter, he mentors young creatives through their first years in the business. Throughout his career, he worked for big networks and independent agencies, on a wide range of global and national accounts, and had the chance to bolster and broaden his experience and business understanding, working on different media, and always manage to deliver top quality ideas and solutions.


Shashwat Das

Founder Director, Almond Branding

Shashwat Das has a rare combination of business logic and creative flair. His strong foundation in Marketing coupled with decade of experience leading Design agencies has given him the skillset to objectively judge a subjective piece of design or creative - being able to differentiate between what only looks good vs what works good for the consumer or TG or the market. He has worked with established brands as well as startups across markets with enriched experience of creating brands, leading teams and growing businesses. While on the journey of helping companies in launching new brands, revamping existing brands, defining categories and achieving business growth, he developed the expertise in Brand Creation, Positioning, Brand Architecture and Strategic Design Consultancy. Being an alumnus of Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA), he possesses strong foundations in creative advertising, design, PR, an eye for good branded content and have kept himself abreast with the latest trends in this field through blogs, journals and events. Shashwat Das is capable of judging not only traditional forms like print and films and photography but also newer media and social media campaigns.

United States

Matthew Job

Account Executive, Knock

Matthew Job is a highly competitive professional possessing a blend of emotional, social, and business intelligence that accelerates new revenue acquisition and market penetration. Proven experience exceeding sales quotas and managing internal and external partners to create and analyze comprehensive business development, customer management, product marketing, and GTM campaigns. He has served as a: IFA Roundtable Facilitator, Guest Speaker at Vanderbilt University, Belmont, Lipscomb and MTSU, Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference Panelist as well as Director of award-winning digital marketing campaigns.

United States

Laura Barrera

Founder, Journey, The Antidote Within

A Fashion & Lifestyle Branding Expert, Laura is the founder of Gig Miami, where she focuses on branding and creative alignment, web design and e-commerce experiences for all exceptional brands. Helping fashion brands create a beautiful visual identity with compelling messaging, Laura allows fashion brands to connect with their ideal audiences who identify with their brand values and aesthetics. Laura is also very well versed in all things branding and web design, always looking at the big picture and long term vision of the brand itself.

Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Thomas J Elliott

Creative Director, APV

Thomas is the Creative Director at APV, a full service visual content agency based in Hong Kong. He believes that great creative ideas can be universal and have the power to truly transcend cultures, markets and technologies. He has a drive to find the human truth behind every idea and a passion for exploring new ways for these ideas to spark, connect and resonate with people. This passion has taken Thomas on a global creative journey where over the last twenty years he has constantly challenged himself to work as a creative leader in multiple markets and across all forms of commercial visual content storytelling, with the goal of bringing stories, products and platforms together in a way that has tangible meaning and value for the audiences who consume it.


Leandro Peixoto

Head of Design, Remote

Leandro (aka Leopat Magnus) is a self-taught Designer & Maker from Lisbon. Founder & Art Director at INFINIT, Design Lead at GadRing, Smatch, and a member of the AWWWARDS jury. With over 12 years work experience he worked with some pretty great people at some pretty awesome companies. He also spends about 3 months a year working on self-initiated projects.