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Introducing the 2018 Vega Awards Expert Jury Panel

Members of the 2018 Vega Awards Jury is composed of highly respected andexperienced professionals handpicked from the digital and creative industry around the world. It is with great gratitude and honor that we celebrate the 2018 Judges for dedicating their time, knowledge as well as hard work to adjudicate this year's competition. Without this prestigious group of industry experts' commitment and enthusiasm, the award program would not be possible.

United States

Jon Meakin

Global Business Development Director, Grayling

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.


Birger Linke

Senior Creative Director, DMG Beijing/Shanghai/L.A.

As the Senior Creative Director at DMG Beijing/Shanghai/L.A., Birger Linke has a global perspective, having worked across countries and continents in companies such as Ogilvy & Mather (Beijing), Saatchi & Saatchi (Singapore), TBWAVietnam, Leo Burnett (Shanghai), to name a few. He is an experienced judge, having judged many international awards shows. His works are featured in numerous publications around the world, as well as on national television in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc.

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.


Alessandro Sciortino

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.


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

Creative Director, Patsi Art & Design

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.

United States

Greg Abel

Founder | CEO, 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.


Tim Shelley

Digital Creative Director, SouthSouthWest. Past: Leo Burnett Melbourne

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

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.


Scott Geersen

Director / Photographer, Substance

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.

United States

Jacopo Biorcio

Senior Art Director, Saatchi & Saatchi New York

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.

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!"


Jurij Plavnik

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.


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

Medina Clermont

Producer, Grayling

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.​

United States

Mark Goldstein

Creative Director, Nobody 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.


Philipp Nottelmann

Creative & Founder, N+ Design

Philipp is a freelance Designer, running his own studio in North Germany's beautiful harbor city Hamburg. His career started at the award-winning agency Hi-ReS! and took him into several creative fields of the industry. He gained knowledge about Animation, Photography and Film at the Post Production Optix, developed digital campaigns and applications at deepblue networks and eventually learned the essence of classic advertising at JungvonMatt in Beijing, China. After coming back from China with a new global perspective Philipp decided to start a business on his own and to offer his skills to brands, creative agencies as well as local businesses. Over the recent years, he worked with a diverse range of clients like Mercedes, Smart, BMW, Volkswagen, Jagermeister, Red Bull, Tuborg, Haribo, Ferrero, Micros, Swatch, Siemens, Henkel, and P&G. Philipp is a Conceptual Designer and loves interdisciplinary working, learning new skills and to network. He always tries to challenge the status quo and his work is best described as transforming ideas into visuals and vice versa.


Christian Knopf

Creative Director, permanent

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.


Alessandro Beda

Head of Digital, PwC Polska

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.


Luiis Franceschi

Managing Partner, LUI.IS LLC Interactive 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.



Art and Creative Director, 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.


Alex Tan

Creative Director, Nokua Design Sdn. Bhd.

Alex is the Creative Director at Nokua Design, an award-winning agency, with more than 10 years of experience in both advertising agencies and in-house teams. Alex has created successful initiatives for international brands such as Walt Disney Licensee, Dreamworks Production Licensee, Herbalife, etc. Responsible for company strategy, creative vision, and user experience, he creates meaningful experiences that inspire and improve clients' brand and peoples' lives.


Nikolina Popovic

Lecturer, Istituto Europeo di Design (IED)

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.


Daniel da Hora

CCO, DH,LO Creative Boutique

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.


Shadi Al Hroub

Director of Marketing and Communication, American Institute of Autism Sciences

Shadi has over 10 years of experience in design and communications, including over 5 years of research in branding and advertising specifically. Based upon his strong education in design and his extensive professional experience, Shadi has won numerous international design awards. Through a strategic combination of management, organizational and communication skills, Shadi has brought forward new concepts of design that have successfully promoted increased participation across various mediums. His design experience ranges from graphic design and packaging to branding and advertising (both traditional and digital). He has worked as a lecturer in creative design in various American universities and as a creative consultant at Leo Burnett, Hilton Worldwide, International Trade Center and is currently working with American Institute of Autism Sciences as Director of Marketing and Communication. He was a final judge for the Stevie Awards, Future Ideas, the A’ design awards and the Adobe Achievements Awards 2018.


James Leal-Valias

Creative Director, Redline Interactive

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.


Leonardo Zakour

CEO & Interaction Designer, BONS

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 Gutiérrez de Tena

Head of Strategy and Innovation, Havas Media

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 possesses more than 16 years of knowledge and expertise in leading design and branding programmes across the Food and Beverage, Lifestyle, Real Estate, and Hospitality sectors. A fearless pioneer, she moved to Shanghai to work as Senior Art Director in advertising and branding agencies, and eventually started her own creative agency to capitalize on China’s burgeoning market potential for brand creation and design services. To date, her award-winning agency BEAMY has worked with a wide array of clients ranging from distinguished MNCs to independent start-ups. Prior to Shanghai, she worked as an Art Director in Tokyo. Her experience in Singapore, Japan, and China has exposed her to vastly different working cultures and design sensibilities.


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

Web/Graphic Designer,

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

Senior Art Director / Executive Creative, Creacional / AAG Carat

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 Kingdom

Andrea Foresi

Senior Creative, Kastner & Partners

Andrea Foresi is an award-winning senior 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 Microsoft, Shell, Heineken, Renault and GSK.


Olivier Hero Dressen

Director / Photographer,

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.


Kishore Karumbaiah

CCO + Partner, Langoor Digital

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.


Kumar Jha

CEO, Agency 42

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

Matthew Smith

CEO, Modmacro

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.

United States

DJ Summitt

Motion Designer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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

Vasile B Tiplea

CEO, Creative27

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.

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.

United States

Shakir Dzheyranov

Creative Director, Spinifex Group

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.

United States

Shangning Wang

Design Consultant, United Nations Children's Fund

Shangning is an 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, Muse Creative Awards 2016, COW International Design Festival: COW: ILLUSTRATION 2016, International Reggae Poster Contest 2016, GlobalTrend Awards 2017, 2rd International Poster Competition by Graphic Stories Cyprus, and The Rookies International Design Awards, etc. In past two years, he also received more than twenty global awards for his work. His poster designs 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. He always believes good design can save the world with passion, dream, and love!


Klaus Sommer Paulsen

CEO Creative Director, 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 States


Owner, All Knight Access

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.


Aleksandr Tikhonov

Director, 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

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.




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.


Pavel Kozlov

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.

United States

Nicholas Jackson

Creative Director of Branded Content, The Washington Post

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.


Alessandro Miasi

Senior Copywriter, A-Tono DMCS

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.

United Kingdom

Greg Wixted

CEO, Global iLabs Ltd

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 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 mentor at the International School for Creative Arts, Manchester University and Aston University and 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.

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.


Leandro Peixoto

Lead Designer & Creative Director, INFINIT

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.

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.


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.


Joe Hui

Project Manager, 1Design.World

Passionate about design and digital technology, Joe has over 5 years of experience in crafting strategy, creative direction, and project management for global clients including Herbalife (U.S), ABB (Switzerland), Ice Watch (Belgium), and many more. Joe is committed to staying on the forefront of the latest trends and emerging technologies and continues to expand and evolve his capabilities based on the changing needs of the industry as well as his passion for innovation.

United States

Christine David

Creative Marketing Consultant, Florida Justice Association

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.