Jury President

Tara Mckenty
Creative Director, Google APAC
Sydney

Tara Mckenty is our Google Digital Communication Jury President for 2019. She’s known for challenging and disrupting the status quo using her creative mind and mediums for social good, and has collected over a hundred awards during her advertising rebellion.

After casting a career in politics aside, Tara found her calling in the halls of Whybin\TBWA Auckland. It was here that she was named in Campaign Magazines Top emerging talent portfolio. Her Saatchi & Saatchi era was equally as decorative and the think-tank where she created a children’s book for OPSM testing children’s eyesight, a campaign that was recognised by the WARC 100 as the most effective in the world in 2016.

Tara now finds herself at Google where she thinks up smarter, creative uses for Google’s products and platforms for some of the biggest clients. Her work has included reuniting lost dogs with their owners for Pedigree, building immersive story-time platforms for Disney, creating LIVE AR space experiences in living rooms for the ABC, and co-founding the diversity initiative RARE supported by D&AD.

 

Elad Gaizler
Creative Director, Leo Burnett 
Israel

As Elad Gaizler was about to start his career in finance, he was given the opportunity to change paths and start as a digital copywriter at a local digital agency. He took the plunge, quickly developed a passion for advertising and later on transferred to McCann Tel Aviv. After three years at McCann, Elad moved to Leo Burnett Israel, where he currently serves as a Creative Director.

Over the past eight years, he has had the chance to work with big local and international brands, including Samsung, Burger King, Honda, Domino’s Pizza and many more. Elad has experience working with clients from a wide range of industries – from food to fashion, alcohol and cars (not simultaneously), ecommerce to banking and everything in between. His work spans different disciplines, including brand experience and activation, brand engagement, direct, social media, PR, integrated, film and more.

Elad has received awards for his work at ADFEST, New York Festival, One Show, Clio and the Webby Awards, among others.

Oje Ojeaga
CEO/CCO, Up in The Sky Nigeria
Lagos

Oje Ojeaga has more than a decade’s experience as a creative professional. As a Copywriter, he has won over 50 Advertising Awards in Nigeria, Africa and the United States for work done for clients across a distinguished professional career. A Lawyer by training, he has a gift with words and the ideas that they inspire. He has been on the jury twice for the Pitcher Awards, West Africa and is on the Jury panel for Ad Stars in Busan, Korea 2019.

He is the CEO/CCO of Up in The Sky Nigeria, a young Agency that has been listed 11th on the Loeries 2018 ranking of agencies in the Middle East and Africa region (excluding South Africa).

Agisanang Masekela
Senior Manager of Content Discovery, MultiChoice
Johannesburg

My name is Agisanang Masekela and I'm a specialist in combining strategy, systems and storytelling to make brands matter. I have been fortunate enough to work in a wide array of industries like fashion, television, FMCG, travel & tourism, automotive, telecommunications and banking - winning numerous awards along the way. 

 

Camilla Clerke
ECD, HelloComputer
Cape Town

After several years studying B.Com CA, Camilla got out just in time, pursuing a career in advertising. After a number of years working on TVCs, print and radio campaigns for clients like FNB, MTN and Wimpy, she found her way into experimental and innovative through-the-line agency, HelloFCB+. 

It was here her life changed forever. Exploring innovative solutions to solve business problemslike building a real-life website on a 2km cycling track for Toyota RAV4, turning a non-profit organisation into a Media Agency to feed hungry children for the PSFA, and telling people to “say it with a cactus” instead of flowers in Netflorist’s drought campaign, Camilla has won a number of awards, both locally and internationally; including Cannes LionsLoeries, Bookmarks, Webbys, D&AD, FWA and One Show. She has also sat on the Cannes, Loeries, Dubai Lynx and Bookmarks panels. 

She likes wine. 

Emma Carpenter
Design Director, Fjord - Accenture
Cape Town

Back in 1999, Emma got stuck into digital at a time where the industry was only just beginning to take shape, at a small shop in the heart of the design world in London. She joined AKQA in 2000 where she spent the next seven years honing her craft, working across its enviable client list and collecting a few awards along the way. Her work contributed to AKQA London being named Revolution’s ‘Agency of the Decade’ from 1997 to 2007. After 30 years of cold, dark English winters she came to her senses and swapped Blighty for a sunnier climate, moving to Ogilvy Cape Town in 2007 and then to Quirk, as their Creative Director in 2009.  

Emma joined Accenture Interactive as Creative Director in 2015 and opened the First Fjord studio in Africa last year. Taking up the challenge of bringing design and customer strategy to big hairy business transformation projects, she is inspired by the blend of experience, technology and beautiful work that produces measurable results. She works closely with service and product designers to define the needs of everyday humans and sticks to the core principle that all design should be empathetic, relevant and intuitive. 

Emma has judged extensively and served on a number of South African awards juries. She has also judged internationally in Korea and New York and served as Mobile jury member at the prestigious Cannes Lions in 2016. 

Jacquie Mullany
ECD, VML South Africa
Johannesburg

Jacquie is a writer of words, lover of ideas, and a trainer of unicorns. She began her journey as an art director, did some coding, then fell into copywriting as she moved her way TTL. In addition to having her work recognised at multiple award shows, she has also had the honour of judging a few of them as well. She is fluent in three languages, including Emoji and Giphy and has made herself at home as Executive Creative Director at VML South Africa. 

 

Kabelo Moshapalo
ECD, TBWA\Hunt Lascaris
Johannesburg

Kabelo is a self-taught illustrator who traded his acrylic paints and brushes for the digital canvas 

He began his career at FCB Electric Ocean in 2000becoming Group Head Digital Interactive in just five years and Creative Director Digital Interactive in 2007 gaining valuable experience working on global brands and building local success in the digital world.  

Prior to being made Executive Creative Director (ECD) and being appointed to the board of TBWA\Digital Arts Network in Africa, he joined as Senior Creative Director and was promoted to ECD soon after at TBWA\Tequila.  

His role in the development of creative digital solutions has been widely recognised throughout South Africa. In 2015, Kabelo was featured in Destiny Man magazine’s Power of 40 List, which celebrates extraordinary men from all over South Africa under the age of 40.  

He was one of the 2003 judges of the Loeries Awards in the new emerging discipline category – an honour repeated in 2004, and from 2007 to 2014. In 2015, he set on two different panels of the Loeries Awards, namely Non-English Radio and Communication Design.He’s also adjudicated the Apex Awards, where judges are tasked with appraising both creativity and effectiveness, measuring actual marketing campaign results.  

Driving creative excellence on the continent, Kabelo was appointed to the judging panel of the inaugural advertising and communications awards launched by Botswana's Association of Communication Agencies (ACA) in 2013 

The same year he also sat on the judging panel of the IAB South Africa Bookmarks awards, a show that celebrates digital marketing excellence - an honour repeated in 2016 and 2017. In continuing to celebrate excellence in all things digital, Kabelo was appointed as a jury member on the CLIO awards 2016 Digital, Mobile, Social & Digital Technique judging panel.   

In 2017 Kabelo made a return to the Digital & Interactive Communication and Digital Craft Loeries Awards panel. He’s also adjudicated the Lisbon International Advertising Festival, appraising branded content works across categories; TV, Digital, Games, Promo, Activation and Creative Effectiveness. 

 

Matt Ross
ECD, King James Group
Cape Town

Bio pending.

 

Tseliso Rangaka
ECD, Ogilvy Cape Town
Cape Town

Bio pending.

Veli Ngubane
Co-founder and Group MD, Avatar
Johannesburg

A strategist turned creative, Veli is the co-founder and Group MD of Avatar. Avatar is part of the M&N Brands network, a holding company with diversified investments in leading advertising, media and communication businesses. 

Veli serves as Advisory Board Chairman at the Red & Yellow School, sits on the IAB’s Transformation & Education Council, is a DMA Board Member and has judged the Loeries, Apex, Bookmarks, PRISM, Pendorings and AdFocus Awards. 

He was also named in this year’s Mail & Guardian Top 200 South Africans. Veli holds a BSocSci (Politics, Economics & Law) from UCT and a postgraduate Marketing & Advertising diploma from the Red & Yellow School. 

A born entrepreneur taking advantage of the two very economies he was exposed to, Veli is also a brand man (his experience includes BMW, Apple and Investec), deeply committed to disrupting and challenging the advertising industry, “Just being black is not enough; we need black- owned and managed agencies to be world class.” 

Constantly learning, constantly innovating, 36-year-old Veli has also learnt the pitfalls of success, “I have learnt that one must define what success means to oneself, as there is a great danger with conforming to the one society creates.”