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.

Ali Rez
Regional Creative Director for Middle East and Pakistan, BBDO

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.

Shashank Jha
Group Creative Director, Ogilvy

Shashank began his advertising career at J Walter Thompson, Mumbai. Post JWT, Shashank enjoyed dynamic stints at Bates 141 and Ogilvy, Mumbai. While the former gave him a chance to work on a diverse set of brands, the latter gave him the opportunity to build one of the world’s most sought after brands – Vodafone. Besides the telecom giant, Shashank has also worked on Unilever, MTV, De Beers, Fiat and Rolling Stones.

Shashank’s ability to experiment on a wide range of brands brought him to Ogilvy Africa in 2014. Based in Nairobi, Shashank was exposed to a rich, mixed bag of cultures that challenged him. Over the past four years he has helped the agency win accounts like Coca-Cola and Total and currently leads these accounts along with Airtel, WWF and DStv.

In his fourteen-year long journey, Shashank has won metals at Cannes, One Show, London International, Young Guns. And is also proud to have his work in the prestigious D&AD Book.

Shashank believes that true growth lies in cultivating oneself beyond work as well. When he is not mentoring his team or fussing over typography, he can be seen cooking, travelling, perfecting his Swahili, enjoying house music while having beer and tequila.

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!”

Bridget Johnson
Consulting Executive Creative Director, Black River FC

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.

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.



Spike Kunene
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\ Hunt Lascaris

Bio pending

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).

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
Chief Creative Officer & Partner, Joe Public

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.