Jury President

Fabian Frese
Chief Creative Officer, Kolle Rebbe
Germany

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.

Ali Rez
Regional Creative Director for Middle East & Pakistan, Impact BBDO
Dubai

Ranked amongst the Top 15 Creative Directors in the world by The Directory, Rez has won more than 200 international awards in his career, including Gold Cannes Lions, Gold Clios, Gold Effie, D&AD pencils, Grand Prix Dubai Lynx and a United Nations Peace award.

Rez spent most of his career in the USA, where he worked for more than a decade on global brands such as ChevronTexaco, HP, 7Up, Dr Pepper, Adobe, and the band INXS (which is a crazy story), before moving to the Middle East.Having worked in 6 different countries on 4 continents, Rez is now based in Dubai, from where he has contributed to BBDO Worldwide being named the Network of the Year at Cannes Lions, Effies, and Dubai Lynx.

Rez has been invited on esteemed jury panels such as Cannes Lions, Clios, Effies, AdStars and Spikes Asia. He has lectured on political art at Oxford University, exhibited at major museums such as Tate UK, and spoken at Tedx. A cricket fanatic, Rez’s proudest achievement is taking 4 wickets in 4 balls for Northern California.

Annette De Klerk
Creative Group Head, Net#work BBDO
Johannesburg

Annette’s career should have started when she received her degree in Information Design, but she realised she liked words more than pictures and now, with over a decade’s experience as a copywriter, she’s a Group Head at Net#work BBDO.She’s won a couple of local and international awards and made some work she’s proud to show people (and some she isn’t).

When she isn’t at the office she’s probably at the sewing machine, the haberdashery, or on the floor, cutting patterns. She does still like taking long scrolls on her phone, looking at pictures of cute animals on the internet, wandering around in the wilderness, cheese and alliteration.

Bridget Johnson
Consulting Executive Creative Director, Black River FC
Johannesburg

I didn’t want to be a copywriter, I wanted to be a lawyer. But when I became upset by cases won on charm, not evidence, I decided that advertising was more my speed. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Except that this particular inferno dealt with ideas, not lives - and charm, seduction and emotional power are what set great ideas apart from clever strategies.

Besides, advertising is heaps more fun. Fun is the best recipe for ideas and creativity is the best form of persuasion.  Fortunately I have had both in heaps over the years at agencies like Net#work BBDO, TBWA Gavin Reddy, Ogilvy Johannesburg and Ireland/Davenport( ID Collective), where I made work of which I’m proud and won awards by being inspired to greatness by people better than me. I’ve won awards of many colours at Cannes, the One Show, Clios, D&AD, Loeries, Andy’s, Amasa and Apex. I’ve been lucky enough to sit on juries alongside some of the world’s best at The Dubai Lynx, Cannes, the Loeries and Apex Awards. I also sat on a pineapple once and got a nasty… oops, wrong chat.

These days I’m more committed than ever to making great ideas happen, whether it’s assisting in agencies or developing projects of my own.  It’s never been tougher or more interesting.  I guess that’s the thing about chasing firestorms– it’s the flame-eaters that steal the show.

Lorens Persson
Studio Owner/Sound Designer & Musician, Sterling Sound
Johannesburg

Having founded his audio post-production studio, Sterling Sound, almost 20 years ago, Lorens has enjoyed a wealth of experience in the advertising industry, consistently producing award-winning work for many of South Africa’s favourite brands and biggest agencies.

His award credits include top honours at the Loerie Awards, the Cannes Lions Festival, the D&AD Awards (where he has won Yellow Pencils for Sound Design in 2012 and 2016), the CLIO Awards, and London International Awards. Most notably, he was selected for judging panels at the CLIO Awards consecutively from 2007 to 2011, and to the Loerie Awards judging panel in 2013.

Not limiting himself to local productions, Lorens has also worked on ADR for several high-profile international projects such as the Roots mini-series (2016), and the recent Marvel box office success story, Black Panther (2018). In addition to his sound design credentials, Lorens has composed bespoke original music tracks for a number of brands including Castle Lager, Outsurance, First For Women, Standard Bank, Nedbank and Virgin Money Insurance.

 

Louis Enslin
Owner, Composer & Engineer, Produce Sound
Johannesburg

There’s no substitute for good work. Louis Enslin is currently ranked South Africa’s #1 engineer and composer in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 by the Loeries rankings. Louis is a formally-trained and award-winning sound engineer with over 20 years experience in live sound, studio recording, music production, jingle composition and post production. He has worked in theatre as an FOH engineer during the late 90’s. And in 2003 he started working at Produce Soundpreviously owned by Hugh and Sherry Bush. After relocating to the Refinery in 2004, he bought the company over.

In 2012 he opened up the new 4-studio facility, and started a collective with Johan Theron and Theo Potgieter. In 2016 Nathi Luthango joined the team as well. Awards that the team has won includes: Loeries, D&AD, Pendoring, Cannes Lions, Vuka, Tag, Promax; to name just a few. And recently won 3 Bronze pencils at the prestigious One Show awards 2018. Currently Produce Sound is #1 Ranked studio in South Africa, thanks to the amazing Team, Neli, Andile, Phumzi, Johan, Nathi and Theo.He is also a SAMA nominee at the 2016 South African Music Awards for best Producer for Mark Counihan’s Album, To The Brave Ones, and co-owner of  www.3dradio.co.zawww.bookbeak.co.za,www.brightabove.com  and owner/composer/sound designer at produce.co.za.

Nkanyezi Masango
Creative Director, King James
Cape Town

Nkanyezi is Creative Director at King James in Cape Town, where he’s responsible for work on brands such as TymeDigital and The Chaeli Campaign. His career began at TBWA Hunt Lascaris in 2002 as a Copywriter. When he discovered that creativity has no cultural boundaries, he decided to take his talents to TBWA Hong Kong in 2007. And immediately got the once-in-a-life-time chance of working on adidas for the Beijing Olympics.

Before joining King James, he  was Creative Director at Y&R Cape Town. During his 6-year stint, he produced work for Land Rover, Colgate, SKYY Vodka, Western Cape Government and Hope Soap, which became a global phenomenon.  His work has been recognised multiple times at Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Epicas, LIAs, New York Festivals and Webbys. Nkanyezi has been fortunate to judge Art Director’s Club NY, New York Festivals and Ad Stars in South Korea, where he was the keynote speaker. Locally, he’s had the priviledge of judging Loeries every year for the last 6 years. A champion for diversity in the creative field, he co-founded Blackboard, an initiative that aims to raise awareness for creativity as a career to high school students in disadvantaged communities.

Paige Nick
Copywriter, Nick & Barry
Cape Town

Bio pending

Spike Kunene
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\ Hunt Lascaris
Johannesburg

Bio pending

Tseliso Rangaka
Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy CT
Cape Town

Tseliso Rangaka graduated from Rhodes University in 1998 with a Journalism degree and lots of enthusiasm. He then promptly hung this up on a wall and studied copywriting at the AAA School Of Advertising. In 1999 he joined then Lindsay Smithers FCB where he helped launch the “How can we help you?” campaign for First National Bank. He also got big brand exposure on accounts like Vodacom, Toyota and Adcock Ingram.

In 2007 Tseliso joined Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg where he quickly rose to the position of Creative Director looking after the agency’s South African Tourism, GSK, Cadbury’s and Coca-Cola accounts among others. In 2013, he transferred to Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town as Creative Director on the Castle Lite, Metropolitan and Hansa Pilsener accounts. Tseliso has recently taken up the role of Executive Creative Director at the agency. During the course of his career, Tseliso has served on the boards of directors for Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg, Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town, The Creative Circle and the Loerie Awards.  He has also been the recipient of numerous international and local creative awards including Cannes Lions, D&AD and Loeries

 

Xolisa Dyeshana
Executive Creative Director, Joe Public
Johannesburg

Xolisa Dyeshana is Chief Creative Officer and partner at Joe Public. His passion lies in the world of creativity and it’s evident in the many accolades he’s received, both locally and internationally. Xolisa is the former Chairperson of the Creative Circle - the highest decision-making body for advertising creativity in South Africa. He also served as Chairman of The Loerie Awards, South Africa’s premier advertising awards show and he sits on the international board of the One Club.

He has won numerous creative awards from Cannes Lions, D&AD’s and One Shows to Loeries. He opened the 20th annual Design Indaba Conference, along with Pepe Marais, in 2015. Xolisa has also been named one of the Top 6 People To Watch In Advertising by Finweek. He has judged many awards shows around the globe including The Cannes Lions Awards, The One Show Awards, The Bees Digital Awards, The John Caples Direct Awards and much more. He is passionate about creating social change through advertising and he’s been part of many industry committees set up to help young people from underprivileged backgrounds gain access to the industry. Xolisa was one of the creative minds behind the creation of Brothers For Life, one of South Africa’s biggest and most successful behavioural change campaigns.