Jury President

Fabian Frese
Chief Creative Officer, Kolle Rebbe

Fabian Frese began his advertising career as a copywriter at BBDO in Düsseldorf in 2001.Three years later he joined Jung von Matt where he became ECD in 2010, working for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Nintendo, eBay and Vodafone. During his time at Jung von Matt, it was recognized as Germany's "Agency of the year" and "Independent agency of the year" at the Cannes Festival.

In 2013, Fabian took a "Digital Sabbatical”, where he founded start-ups and toured as an intern through various digital companies, which made him much poorer but a lot smarter. In 2014, he joined Kolle Rebbe in Hamburg as Managing Director and Partner, being responsible for clients like Netflix and the global Lufthansa account. Fabian has won an impressive number of national and international awards. Although, this may be due to the fact that he usually sat in the jury himself, for example several times at the Cannes Lions.

Brad Reilly
Chief Creative Officer, Net#work BBDO

Brad began as a junior copywriter at Net#workBBDO 20 years ago. He worked his way up to creative director in a meteoric rise, but in 2009 he decided to leave home to explore the big world – he lead the multi-agency project for Coca-Cola’s 2010 FIFA World Cup, he took on the CCO role at one of SA’s biggest agencies and then did his own ‘thing’ and made products and movies and tv shows. Eventually, he came home and has been back at Net#work BBDO since 2014, where he is now the ECD entrusted with taking the agency into the future, the continent and beyond.

Brad has created some of Africa’s most iconic campaigns for brands like Guinness, Tusker, Google, Mercedes-Benz, Metro FM, Opel Corsa Lite, Brand South Africa, Chicken Licken, Virgin Atlantic and Coca-Cola. He was the first African to win multiple Cannes Grand Prix and has collected metal at all the major shows, including Cannes Gold, D&AD pencils, Clio Golds, Young Guns (when he was younger), 9 Loerie Grand Prix, Bookmarks and African Cristals. But what really gets his rocks off are the moments when big, scary ideas step out of the forest and say, “Boo!”

Rob McLennan
Creative Founding Partner, King James Group

After spending thirty odd years in the South African advertising industry as the creative leader of agencies such as Lowe Bull, JWT, FCB and Net#workBBDO, Rob started King James II as co-founder and creative partner of  King James II 5 years ago.He has been awarded two radio Cannes Lion Grand Prix in 2009 and 2011, and over the last 10 years has gathered a collection of over 35 Cannes Lions awards. He has accumulated assorted Loerie Grand Prix and gold’s, Creative Circle Ad of the Years, One Show’s, Clio’s and D&AD pencils.

He has been an exco member of the Creative Circle for 12 years and served as chairperson of the Creative Circle in 2008/2009. He has judged the D&AD awards twice, has been chairman of the Clio awards and was South Africa’s first home grown Jury President at the Cannes Lions in 2012 and has judged film, radio and print at the Cannes Lions awards. He sat on the Loerie ECXO for 6 years and is a member of the Cannes Chimera. He has been in the top 4 of the Creative Circle rankings for the last 12 years and three times as its top creative.

Sbu Sithole
Chief Creative Officer, Odd Number

Sibusiso Sitole is Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of The Odd Number. With 14 years of experience in the Advertising Industry, Sbu Co-founded The Odd Number in 2015. The Agency has since attracted clients such as BBC Entertainment, Brand South Africa, Nedbank and Wimpy. Since opening shop the agency has also managed to win Creative Circle Ad Of the month, gold Loeries, gold Pendorings and the coveted Umpheta Pendoring award. Sibusiso also judged multiple award ceremonies including, Loeries, Pendorings and APEX awards.

He has also won the Loeries New Voice award 3 years in a row and is a returning APEX judge. The Odd Number went on to win AdFocus agency of the year 2017, and Sbu was nominated most admired Creative Director in Johannesburg, and second most admired Creative Director in South Africa in 2017, nominated by industry peers. The Odd Number currently ranks as the 12th creative agency in South Africa, based on the Loeries rankings 2017.

Suhana Gordhan
Creative Director, FCB Africa

Suhana Gordhan is a Creative Director at FCB Africa and Chairperson - or as she is affectionately known -  “Chair Aunty” of the Loeries, the advertising awards show for Africa and the Middle East.

She is a Hindu, who learned very quickly that there are no sacred cows in advertising. One of her favourite moments was during her time as Creative Director on Nando’s, when she pissed off a dictator and won a Loerie Grand Prix because of it. Some of her other accolades include a Black Eagle, Gold Pendoring, Creative Circle Ad of the Year, a Silver Pixel at The Bookmarks, a Cannes Silver Lion, a D&AD Graphite Pencil and One Show Best in Discipline.

Suhana has served as a judge on the Direct Panel at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in 2016 and on the same panel at One Show in 2017. Last year, she was featured as one of Destiny Magazine’s Power of 40 candidates. While she has a firm eye on a global creativity, Suhana has a strong commitment to the South African industry. She is one of the founders of a new program called ‘Open Chair’, which helps young women in advertising to have face time with senior female leadership.

When she’s not making ads, she enjoys hiking in the mountains and training Capoeira - a 400-year-old Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts (often mistaken by her colleagues to be an innocuous dance form).

Amy Alais
Director, OLA Films

Award-winning South African director Amy Allais was one of the founding partners of Ola! Films in 2007. She has gone through various phases in her commercials directing career, from massive choreographed dance spots, to comedy performance, to an utterly inadvertent specialization in kids and babies that has taken her all over the world.

After a brief youthful stint in the wilderness doing some colourful jobs like proof-reading the births and deaths column of the Sunday Times and teaching English to immigrants from other African countries, she graduated from AFDA film school in 2000, started directing commercials full-time in 2005, and has barely stopped for a breath since. Right now she’s very excited about reaching beyond Commercials, having received a lot of acclaim for her first ever music video, “Biggest Curse” by the Original Swimming Party  feat. Moonchild Sanelly, which has been travelling the festival circuit around the world, was a finalist at the Berlin MVAs, and won Best Music video at the inaugural Ciclope Africa in 2018.

David Krueger
Copywriter Group Head, Ogilvy

David started his career at Red Nail where he misunderstood a brief and invented a chocolate bar for Cadbury’s. He moved to The Jupiter Drawing Room where he worked with a talented bunch to land three pieces of business to transform the agency into the largest in the country.

After travelling for a year he came home to Ogilvy Johannesburg to team up with smart people and win several local and international awards. That sort of sums up Work David. Not Work David plays The Monster Game with Rebekah and Abigail Krueger (nine and seven-years-old), does date nights with Leigh Krueger (wife not sister) and takes piano lessons with a bunch of very intimidating little kids. 

Gordon Midgley
Editor, Deliverance
Cape Town

Gordon grew up in JHB and began his editing career back when scissors, sticky tape and a patience for rendering were essential tools of the trade. He cut his teeth, working on many epic videos at VWV, before moving on to cutting commercials at Prime Cut, notching up a few Loerie and Cannes awards along the way. In 2004 he started Riot Post and continued working with some of the best in the business.

Eventually the call of the ocean led to him relocating to Cape Town, where he joined Deliverance Post and the journey continued. Over the years he has been lucky enough to have worked with some amazing people on some pretty awesome projects. He has seen the industry, technology and the country evolve and change, and, although he now wears glasses, Gordon still relishes the challenge of telling a great story. 

Grant Sithole
Executive Creative Director, Avatar

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Jake Bester
Executive Creative Director, Dalmation
Cape Town

Jake has been working in the creative industry for 18 years with the current focus of building the creative offering at Dalmatian Advertising, part of M&C Saatchi Group. Previously he help found and build the agency Publicis Machine into a force in the industry.

Before that he was at Ogilvy Cape Town for 10 years. During his career he has taken blue-chip brands like Red Bull, Volkswagen, SAB, OLX, Adidas, Nando's and Marmite to new creative heights both locally and internationally including the global launches of the Castrol Masterbrand, Castrol Edge and The Castrol Index starring Cristiano Ronaldo.

 He has also been the recipient of numerous awards including Cannes and Clios, One Shows, D&AD’s, Loeries and Eagles. His work, both professionally and personally, has been published in various industry publications, both printed and digital. Jake lives in Cape Town. Loves the city and the people in it. He also loves the internet, surfing, reading, gardening, running and squash. He has two dogs. They’re ok. 



Jo Barber
Executive Producer, 0307 Films
Cape Town

Jo Barber had the great fortune of starting her career at a profoundly creative time for Hunt Lascaris. Assisting Guia Iacomin on award winning work (faxing paperwork to be clear) is a fine way for any Producer to begin a career. Seven years at Hunt Lascaris working with some of the world's most talented creatives instilled a driven work ethic and a passion for the importance of the creative idea beyond all other outcomes. Leaving Hunts while co-Head of Production, she pursued a career in the Production Company arena and was Executive Producer at Frieze Films for 8 years.

In 2016 Jo had the incredible opportunity to work with Kim Geldenhuys as his producer and Executive Producer of his company, 0307 Films. The team at 0307 that includes Kevin Fitzgerald and Paul Ward is certainly the highlight of her career and she has found a place to use the early instilled love for creative processes and outcomes. Along the way there have been several Loerie Grands Prix and Cannes winners amongst others. But it's the talent and process of producing that remains the most important motivator for Jo.

Michael Leese Rolfe
Creative Director, FoxP2
Cape Town

Michael began his career at Ogilvy cape town as an Art Director in 2003 and over the next 7 years contributed in raising the creative momentum of the agency significantly, winning accolades at One Show, Loeries and D&AD. In 2010, Michael took a creative director role at FoxP2 Cape Town and has been instrumental in evolving the agency into a fully integrated, creatively led company, while still retaining the garage band spirit that makes the agency so formidable. 

Michael has an ability to produce campaigns that find the sweet spot between creative excellence and effectiveness, and his work on brands like Frank.net and Ster-Kinekor has led to campaigns that deliver both the Loerie Integrated Grand Prix, and Apex accolades simultaneously. A love for creating branded content that enters popular culture, led to FoxP2 being ranked as the 2nd most creative agency in South Africa by the Gunn report in 2017, and secured him a spot on the judging panel at Cannes.

In his time at FoxP2, the agency has placed in the top 10 creative rankings every year, alongside agencies over 10 times its size, whilst consistently topping the Small Agency table. A father, surfer and ex-gymnast, Michael believes in work-life balance and in finding inspiration from beyond his comfort zone.

Nkgabiseng Motau
Co-Founder & Creative Director, Think Creative Africa

Nkgabsieng Motau holds a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Brand Communication. During her studies, she was awarded a gold Pendoring for the branding of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital which is currently the hospital’s official branding. Nkgabiseng began her career at Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg working on brands such as DStv and Cell C.

She has also worked at FCB Africa on brands such as Old Mutual, Wimpy and Coca-Cola for which she has won numerous awards. She has also served on judging panels for Creative Circle, Pendorings and Nestle Art. She has recently been appointed to the EXCO board of the Creative Circle. Nkgabiseng is Co-founder and Creative Director at Think Creative Africa working with clients such as Adcock Ingram, Italtile and Amka.

Slim Grippa
Director, Egg Films

With roots in graphic design and art direction, Slim started his advertising career in local and international agencies. His awards list as an art-director include achieving bronze and a year later silver in the Cannes Young Creative competition. Local Loerie awards include a Grand Prix as well as continued success overseas with a CLIO, Silver Cannes Lion and TV Grand Prix at Portoroz (Festival of New Europe).

Within his first year of directing, Slim achieved first and third place in the prestigious Cfp-Shots Young Director’s Award at Cannes and three silver Loeries, as well as featuring in the Shots New Directors Cannes issue. Slim works with the good people at Egg Films.