Megha Dutta
Creative Director, DDB
Nairobi

With a career spanning 15 years, Megha Dutta has worked across two of the most challenging, complex and dynamic economies - India and Africa. She has worked with Ogilvy, Y&R, JWT and DDB (both in India and Nairobi). 

Her work has been recognised for creativity and effectiveness at both international and regional awards across both markets. She has been awarded at Cannes, Young Guns, Effie’s, SOAA, AAAI and Cristal making her a Creative Director within the first 7 years of her career. 

As one of very few women Creative Heads in Kenya, she champions the agenda for inclusion and representation in advertising.

Fouad Abdel Malak
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\RAAD

Dubai

With over 18 years of experience in the region, Fouad is currently serving his second stint at TBWA\RAAD, Dubai as Executive Creative Director, after holding the creative helm at BBDO, Dubai for 4+ years. His career highlights include key business wins and leading some of the most awarded teams in the region, as well as working on sought-after brands like: Nissan, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Infiniti, Pepsico, Emirates Airlines, MARS, Daimler-Benz, GE, among other notable names.

We think of his work as provocative, yet driving business results, scoring the agency: multiple Grands Prix from Integrated to Direct to Innovation, and Golds’ at major award shows on Louvre Abu Dhabi, Nissan, SCB, Domino’s, MARS, Merc, MTV Arabia and many others, from Cannes to the Dubai Lynx and beyond. Fouad loves to challenge the norms, a “disruptor” by nature, most passionate about integrated innovation and was named among the top 3 best Executive Creative Directors in the MENA Region, according to the official B&W 2017 Report, helping propel his agency to win both Agency and Network of the Year at the 2018 Dubai Lynx, with a record 8 Grand Prix.

Ahmed Tilly
Executive Creative Director, FCB Africa
Johannesburg

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Ahmed Tilly was born at the Coronationville Hospital in Johannesburg, grew up in Polokwane, studied in Johannesburg, lived in Lenasia EXT 1, moved to Cape Town for 6 years before settling back in Johannesburg.

Tilly has worked at a supermarket at the cigarette counter, at a clothing store called John Craig selling shoes, folded a million t-shirts as a casual at Edgars, did a stint as a switchboard operator and stood outside a pharmacy selling plastic kids sunglasses. Needless to say, his dream to become a pharmacist died a disappointing death. His focus shifted to architecture but he failed miserably at studying science. Realising that this dream too had died, he moved back to his very 1st love… words.

As a copywriter, Tilly worked at agencies like Lindsay Smithers, Publicis, The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town and TBWA/Gavin Reddy. In 2005 he started Black River FC where he created some of the country’s most provocative, most memorable, most audacious, most South African work for brands like Nando’s, MINI, 1st for Women, VUZU AMP and Channel O. In 2016 he joined FCB as Chief Creative Officer, the same year he was recognized as “The Most Admired Creative Boss” by marklives.com

As far as awards go, Ahmed thinks he’s won at pretty much all the major award shows but he’s not sure. See, he has never kept a record of the awards he’s won because he’s never looked at statues as a validation of success.

 

Archie Malinga
Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather
Johannesburg

Archie Malinga is a Creative Director at Ogilvy Johannesburg. He holds a Diploma in Visual Communication and Integrated Marketing. Studied at the AAA School of Advertising. He started his advertising career 11 years ago at The Jupiter Drawing Room. 4 years later he moved to FCB, in 2013 to Joe Public United as a senior Art Director and the Chairman of the Jnr Exco.

Throughout his advertising years, he managed to accumulate some prestigious local and international awards such as: Cannes Lions, One Show, Clio, Loeries, Promax, World Press and Pendorings. He has judged at the Loeries Awards on numerous occasions, Print Media Students Awards as well as The Creative Circle Ad of the Month and by the way, he has also ran 4 Comrades Marathons.

Karin Barry-McCormack
Co-Founder, Nick&Barry
Cape Town

Karin is a Fine Art Ceramics major-turned-Art Director, with 20-something years of advertising experience under her belt. She has worked at some of the best South African agencies on a huge array of big brands: Land Rover, BMW, Audi, Levi’s, Lindt, Wonderbra, Huggies, Amstel, Castle Lager, Johnnie Walker and Ballantine’s Whiskies. She has worked on investment banking for Allan Gray and Sanlam, as well as insurance and life cover. And motor oil, cheese, milk, yoghurt, wine, tea, supermarkets, tomato sauce, mobile telecommunications, the national electricity provider, low-cost airlines and two small countries.

After 16 years in agencies, Karin and her copywriter, Paige Nick, started a very small agency of two, Nick&Barry: Proud Members of the Old Boy’s Club. Karin has judged The Cannes Awards, The Clio’s, The Busan ADstars (South Korea) and is often present on The Loeries Awards judging panels. Along the way she has also collected her fair share of awards at Cannes, Clio’s, D&AD, The One Show, Art Directors Club, The Midas Awards, as well as many Loeries Awards, including 2 Grands Prix. Although, it must be said that her greatest creation to date must be her platoon of Nerf® Snipers: Jack, Connor and Riley.

 

 

 

Kirk Gainsford
Chief Creative Officer, MullenLowe
Cape Town

Bio pending

Liam Wielopolski
Chief Creative Officer, DDB
Johannesburg

With a career that has spanned over 20 years at numerous South African hotshops, Ogilvy, The Jupiter Drawing Room and then Y&R, Liam joined DDB 6 years ago as Regional CCO of not only Johannesburg but Africa as well. In 2016 and again in 2018 he led DDB to Network of the Year at the African Cristal Awards and was ranked the 2nd most awarded CCO at the Loeries. Both in his own right as an art director and as the lead of several creative departments, he has collected an impressive array of Lions, Pencils and statues from international and local award shows.

He’s had the honour of judging several international festivals such as Cannes, Clios, New York Festivals, AdStars and the Loeries. His work for UNICEF has been exhibited at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London and has a series of posters in the NYC Poster House Museum’s permanent collection. In his spare time he likes to chase a little white ball with a big stick around beautifully manicured lawns.

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

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.

Roanna Williams
Executive Creative Director, Joe Public United
Johannesburg

Roanna Williams sees the world as one big canvas. By applying the imagination, you can create magic. With over twenty years’ experience, after working for some of South Africa’s best advertising agencies, she now resides with Joe Public United, South Africa’s largest independent advertising group as Executive Creative Director. She is instrumental in driving the creative output for clients such as South African Breweries, Nedbank and McCain.

She has won numerous local and international awards, including Loeries, Cannes Lions, Apex’s, One Show Pencils and D&AD’s. She has been a judge at Cannes and served on numerous Loeries and Creative Circle panels. She is also the curator, co-editor, creative director, designer and publisher of Migrate magazine. In between thinking of ideas, publishing a magazine and embarking on numerous personal projects, her ultimate ambition is to inspire her four daughters to grow up to be strong, creative and confident women in a very exciting world of boundless opportunities. She is also very passionate about the participation, growth and advancement of women in the advertising industry in South Africa.

Shane Forbes
Creative Director, TBWA\ Hunt Lascaris
Johannesburg

Shane has been in the ad game for over 16 years and is currently a Creative Director at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris. He has been lucky enough to collaborate with and be mentored by some of the sharpest minds in our industry. In the process he’s worked on clients like MTN, KFC, Investec, Durex, Flight Centre and DSTV, to name a few. His work has received global recognition from Cannes Lions, D&AD, The One Show, Clios, the New York Festivals and The Loeries.

He is obsessed with sub-cultures and spends his spare time finding inspiration from graphic novels, films, podcasts and music. He played for the band Pestroy for over 16 years and even opened for Metallica once. But the thing that he is the most proud of is his cat Harvey. No seriously. You should see his cat.