Cal Bruns
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Innovationist, Matchboxology
Cape Town

In his first life, Cal spent 20 years across 5 continents as a highly awarded creative director with global advertising agency Leo Burnett. Thirteen years ago Cal founded Matchboxology, Africa’s first Human Centred Design firm. 

Since then, he and his team have been consulting on social purpose, positive behaviour change and impact growth with multi-national brands like Levi’s® and Barclays, global funders like USAID, DFID and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and African governments across the continent. He's twice been the Loeries Shared Value/Ubuntu award jury chairman and was the inaugural gold statue winner of the award in 2010.

Dozie Okafor
Managing Director, PHD
Nigeria

Dozie started his career at OMD Nigeria in 2007. He is a trained electrical engineer from the University of Nigeria and also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School. He has worked at both OMD Nigeria and OMD Ghana across numerous brands including Vodafone, Guinness, GSK, Distell, SC Johnson, StanbicIBTC, Beiersdorf amongst others.

He then moved to PHD Nigeria to serve for 5years as the pioneer head of Strategy and planning working on brands such as Ovaltine, Hennessy, PZ Cussons, Ariston, Apple and SC Johnson.

Most recently, he served as the IMC lead for Coca-Cola Nigeria, West Africa Business Unit where he managed Regional Integrated Marketing Communication and media/assets Development. Dozie returned to PHD Nigeria in June 2017 as Managing director and looks sure to reinforce its success.

Ramsey Naja
Chief Creative Officer, J. Walter Thompson Middle East & Africa,
Lebanon

A former DJ, theatre director and TV news anchor, Ramsey escaped Lebanon’s civil war to move to the UK in 1985. He collected an MA in Drama from Hull University and joined JWT in 1994, before returning to Beirut in 2001.

Under his stewardship, JWT MENA became one of the region’s most awarded networks and was voted network of the year twice and most effective network in 2014.  He is a member of JWT’s Worldwide Creative Council and a columnist for Campaign ME magazine.

Alan Edgar
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\
Durban

OK, let’s get the credentials things out of the way… I’ve worked everywhere from London to Jo’burg; in Kenya; the length and breadth of Africa and now I’m loving life down here at the beach in Durban. (Oh, this sounds w*nky!) I’ve plied my trade at some of the most awarded shops like Net#work, The Jupiter Drawing Room, Ogilvy and now TBWA, cleverly aligning myself with some brightest minds to rack up a respectable collection of metal for myself along the away – at Cannes, London International, New York Festival, Loeries, Vukas, Echos and Assegais. “So what?”

I once overheard a jaded creative once say, “Awards are like hemorrhoids, eventually everybody gets one.” Ha! Maybe. But that’s not my experience. We’re not making bloody widgets or baking bread; there’s no real formula… so it can be hard. Excruciatingly hard at times. It’s also the most unpredictable, dynamically changing business ever.

That’s what makes it so exhilarating and why I feel blessed to be part of this industry, still after all these years. And being invited to judge which, will no doubt, be even better work than what we’ve ever seen before. So I tip my hat, in advance, to this year’s winners and thank them for their dedication, hard work and back-breaking commitment to making our industry the spellbindingly, crazy biz that it is.

Carol Coetzee
Chief Executive Officer, KZN Film Commission
Durban

Carol became the CEO of the KZN Film Commission in October 2013. Being the first employee she was required to set the strategic foundation and establish the new business. Prior to that Carol headed up the Accounts, Industry and Business Development Department (AIBD) as an associate director at EY in KZN.

Her role included supporting companies develop their strategies into Africa through the use of the Growing Beyond Borders Tool, building the KZN business and project managing public sector assignments. Carol held the position of HOD and Accounting Officer for Department of Economic Development and Tourism in KZN for 5 years until 2011. In this executive position she was responsible for a R1,6B budget with governance and oversight of 9 public entities including Ithala, DTP, Trade and Investment, Toursim KZN. Prior to this, she was the Accountant-General and Accounting Officer for KZN Provincial Treasury for 6 years. As the Deputy-Director-General she was involved in driving financial management reforms post PFMA promulgation including the investment of public funds totalling R2billion on a weekly basis.

Reform included CFO structures, SCM and Asset management, new accounting systems and financial statements, representing the province at the ASB ­ Developed SCM Policy dealing with B-BBEE. She is a qualified chartered accountant.

Fran Luckin
Chief Creative Officer, Grey Africa
Johannesburg

Fran Luckin is Chief Creative Officer of Grey Africa in Johannesburg. She began her career as a copywriter, moved to TBWA / Hunt Lascaris in the late nineties, where she became a Creative Director, then joined Ogilvy Johannesburg in 2003, and became Executive Creative Director there in 2008. In 2012, Fran was appointed to the 15-member Ogilvy Worldwide Creative Council. 
After 20 years in advertising, Fran went full digital, joining Quirk South Africa (a Mirum agency) as Executive Creative Director of the Johannesburg office in July 2013.

She joined Grey as CCO in 2016. The company won its first Gold Lion in 2017. Together with the executive team, Fran has helped to transform the creative output of the agency from traditional advertising into a fully integrated multi-media, digital and social communications offering. She has judged international and South African creative awards shows (including the Cannes Film Lions, the Cannes Outdoor Lions, the Dubai Lynx Awards, the Clio Awards and D&AD) – and has also served three times on the judging panel for the Apex Awards.

In 2017 she served as Jury President of the Print and Publishing Jury at the Cannes Lions – the first female Jury President from Africa. She has an M.B.A from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, and is Chairman of the Academic Board of the Red & Yellow School.

Heidi Brauer
Chief Marketing Officer, Hollard
Johannesburg

Passionate South African, wife, daughter, sister, mother of 2 sons (aged 22 and 25), voracious reader, collaborator, lover of challenge & change, fiercely loyal to the notion of the power of single actions enabling quantum changes, reluctant gym-goer, erstwhile boxer, speaker of some Greek, learner, teacher, mentor, mentee and deep believer in the power of brands and humans. Heidi joined Hollard in May 2013 as Chief Marketing Officer, and her role includes all group brand activities including marketing and communications, internal comms and culture, digital marketing and sponsorship as well as the group’s Customer Centricity initiatives. 

Heidi was previously Executive Manager, Group Marketing, Loyalty & Strategic Partnerships at Comair taking care of kulula.com, British Airways, SLOW lounges, Daddy’s Deals, kulula credit card, jetsetters and Executive Club. Before that she was Deputy CEO & Marketing Director at research house Ipsos Markinor, after some time in the pharmaceutical industry following a BSc degree in nursing at Wits. Heidi has been a Member of Vega Brand School National Advisory Council. She served for 7 years as a Board member and Deputy Chairman of the Marketing Association of South Africa and as Board member of ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations). 

She has judged the Association for Communication & Advertising’s APEX awards, the PRISA Prism awards, the FM AdFocus awards, the AMASA Roger Garlick Innovation in Media award and the Loerie Awards. She is a silent partner at Halo – The Brand Led Communications Agency and a business partner on the Partnerships for Possibility Programme where she partners with a school principal in an under resourced school.  In 2017 Heidi was nominated for PRISA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She believes in sprinkles and chocolate cake, and knows that it takes a village to raise a brand and loves to speak or write about both at every given opportunity.  

Kirsty Niehaus
Art Manager, Nandos
Johannesburg

Kirsten Niehaus is the Internal Communication and Art Manager at Nando’s, South African where she overseas communication and sponsorship in all things art and internal messaging. Kirsten has an eclectic mix of skills and experiences drawing input and insight from a variety of sources including her Business Science Finance degree from UCT, time in property development in luxury apartments, 4 years in Botswana where she founded and managed a casual dining restaurant known as “The Chicken Chief’ and several years involved in marketing, communication and sponsorship in the marketing department at Nando’s.

With a rare balance of creativity, strategic thinking and implementation skills, she has proven herself as a formidable force. She is skilled in the creation and implementation of strategy, sponsorship and communication. Having won several awards including multiple BASA Awards (Business and Arts South Africa) as well as, a Loeries Bronze (2015) and the Loeries Grand Prix (2016) for various innovative Nando’s art and design initiatives, she is now focusing on the development of the internal communications strategy for the 8000 Nando’s staff with a focus on building culture and sharing information through an effectiveness and relevant multi-platform approach.

Marcel Rossouw
Design Director, Fjord
Johannesburg

Marcel has been active in the digital design and communication industry for over 18 years. His passion lies in applying design lead strategy and related methodologies to product and service innovation, leadership and cultural change within large organisations and creating real impact for everyday people.

He currently serves as Design Director for Fjord at Accenture South Africa, a global leader in Experience and Design and Innovation.

Sydney Nhlanhla Mbhele
Chief Marketing Officer, Liberty
Johannesburg

Sydney Mbhele is a marketer with a proven track record in building brands and markets. His experience stretches from Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), to Telecoms and Financial Services (Banking). He has worked in Sales & Marketing and led major brands for organisations like SABMiller, Unilever (both locally & globally in London), Nedbank, Diageo South Africa, Simba (FritoLay International) and Cell C (mobile telecoms).

During this time Sydney has won numerous Gold awards, in various categories, including Effective Creativity and Integrated Campaigns at Loeries, Best Branded Content at Apex Awards, and Best use of Digital Communications at Sports Industry Awards. Sydney is currently the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for the Liberty Group (Financial Services), and a board member of the Marketing Association of South Africa. 

Yegs Ramiah
Chief Executive, Sanlam Brand, Sanlam
Durban

An experienced, financial services, marketing and brand executive with sound strategic ability, an independent mindset, strong negotiation skills and levels of accountability which results in effective decision making. Lead the rebrand of Sanlam in 2014 and the rebrand of Santam in 2011. Awarded Loeries Marketing Leadership and Innovation Award in 2016. More recently lead the 100 year strategy  and creative direction  for the Sanlam Group.

With strong presentation skills, detailed understanding of the legal and regulatory environment and a passion for building value for organisations through value adding customer focused strategies. Drives a culture of marketing metrics and ROI. Yegs is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa with a MBA.