Jury President

Mariska Oosthuizen
Head of Brand Group Marketing, Sanlam
Johannesburg

I am a creative strategist and marketer who believes in the power of brand and finding creative solutions to business problems. After obtaining a law degree I decided to do something a little more creative and joined the exciting world of advertising. I have honed my strategic marketing skills over the past 20 years first working at a number of South Africa’s biggest advertising agencies on some of the country’s most iconic brands before venturing into brand consulting at Yellowwood Brand Architects. And most recently as the Head of Brand at Sanlam (one of South Africa’s biggest financial services organizations). I believe in the ancient art of storytelling and that relevant well-crafted creative ideas have the power to change behavior. If I had to sum myself up in one word it will be ‘why?’. I am curious by nature and seek the truth not just when it comes to brands but also in life. I believe that fun is one of the most underrated values and that if you enjoy what you do, you do better. When I’m not working I spend time with my two small humans experiencing life through and with them, helping them find the answers to all their “why’s”. Brand accolades include;  TOP BRAND AT THE BOOKMARKS 2019, TOP CLIENT REPRESENTATIVE AT LOERIES 2018, TOP BRAND AT LOERIES 2018, LOERIES GRANDPRIX 2018, 2x SILVER ONE SHOW AWARDS 2018, BRONZE GLOBAL AEGIS MEDIA INNOVATION AWARD 2018, BRONZE ONE SHOW AWARD 2016, TOP BRAND AT LOERIES 2015, BRONZE CANNES AWARD 2015, 4X GOLD MIDAS 2015.

 

 

Ranti Atunwa
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\Concept
Nigeria

Ranti, who was born in 1977 in Buea, Cameroon has always had a passion for
the creative arts. In primary school he got into trouble drawing caricatures of his
teachers and posting the drawings on the school notice boards.
An avid illustrator and painter, Ranti has a BA in Fine Arts from Obafemi
Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Nigeria. He’s also amassed over a decade of
experience in art direction, design, creative strategy, copywriting, concept
development and production. His career started with MC&A Saatchi but it could
have all gone wrong as he also got an offer on the same day to go work for a
new generation bank. We are positive that bank dodged a bullet. He’s worked in
top agencies across the country – Insight Publicis, FKG2, SO&U Saatchi &
Saatchi and developed pan-African and local campaigns, winning quite a few
awards along the way.
As Executive Creative Director of TBWA\Concept Nigeria he’s worked on award
winning campaigns for Indomie Noodles, Guinness, StanbicIBTC Bank and MTN
to mention a few.
When he is not working he’s most likely surfing in Tarkwa Bay Beach, bungee
jumping of the 100ft platform in Soweto or studying African mythology.

Toufic Beyhum 
Creative Director, Advantage Y&R 
Windhoek

In just over 3 years since joining Advantage Y&R, Toufic has helped push the standard of advertising in Namibia to a new level. During this time, the Agency has picked up 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Loeries, a gold Epica, a gold Lucie Award (NYC), second-place at the Cannes Act Responsible Exhibition and Namibia’s first-ever Cannes shortlist.

In the span of a 22-year career, Toufic has worked at Leo Burnett, BBDO and McCann in Dubai, Berlin and New York. He also worked as a Senior Creative/Mentor for 3 years at the School of Communication Arts in London, the world’s most-awarded ad school. Outside of advertising, he has shot an award-winning documentary on the Bedouin of Petra, published a book of photography and run a gallery in Berlin. Some of his photographic work is part of the permanent collection at LACMA & Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

Adelaide McKelvey 
Johannesburg


Bio pending

Ahmed Tilly
CCO, FCB
Johannesburg

Tilly has worked at a supermarket cigarette counter, for a clothing store selling crocodile skin shoes, has folded roughly a million cotton t-shirts at national fashion retailer and stood outside a pharmacy selling plastic kids’ sunglasses. He even did a stint as a switchboard operator.

As a copywriter, Ahmed worked at several agencies. In 2005 he co-founded Black River FC, the little advertising agency that created some of the country’s biggest, most provocative, most memorable, most South African work for brands like Virgin Money, Nando’s, MINI, 1st for Women Insurance, VUZU AMP and Channel O.

In 2016 he was recognized by his peers as “The Most Admired Creative Boss” in South Africa. Later that year he joined FCB Joburg.

Tilly has Judged the Loeries’ Awards since 2002. He was appointed to the judging panel for Cannes Lions in 2015 and served on the New York Festivals panel in 2019. He was appointed as an Exco member of the Creative Circle in South Africa from 2012 - 2018. In 2016 he was appointed to the board of the Association for Communication and Advertising in South Africa. He has been voted a Top 10 Creative Director, for 5 consecutive years by his peers.

As far as awards go, Ahmed recently was on the credits for the “Best Foreign Film” award at One Screen. He thinks he’s won at all the major award shows but he’s not sure. He has never kept a record of the awards he’s won because he’s never looked to statues as a validation of success. Instead, he has focused his energies on trying to create work that is loved and spoken about by the people. His other great passion is the continued strife for the transformation of a previously male, white-dominated industry into a more diverse and representative one. Aluta Continua!

Gareth Leck
Group CEO
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

 

Heidi Brauer
CMO, Hollard Insurance
Johannesburg

Passionate South African, wife, daughter, sister, mother of 2 young menvoracious 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 PR, internal marketing, digital marketing and sponsorship as well as the group’s Customer focus.   

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, served for 7 years as a Board member and Deputy Chairman of the Marketing Association of South Africa and as Board member of the ABC. She has judged the ACA’s APEX awards, the PRISA Prism awards, the FM AdFocus awardsthe AMASA Media awards, the Marketing Achievement Awards and the Loerie Awards. She is a silent partner at Halo Agency and has been a business partner on the Partnerships for Possibility Programme where business leaders partner with a school principal in an under resourced school.  

In 2017 Heidi was nominated and a finalist for PRISA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2018 she was recognised in the Women in Leadership Category at the Jewish Achiever Awards. Over the years her teams have been recognised with awards including PRISM PR Campaign of the Year for kulula.com, Loeries Grand Prix and Gold for SLOW lounges and PRISM Sponsorship Gold for The Hollard Daredevil Run. 

She believes in sprinkles and chocolate cake, and knows that it takes a village to raise a brand. 

Immaculata Segooa
Group Head of Integrated Marketing Communications, Discovery
Johannesburg

Bio pending.

 

Kate Fordyce
Head: Agency Woolworths Marketing, Woolworths 
Johannesburg

At the helm of the in house creative agency at Woolworths and currently responsible for marketing strategy and execution across the brand, Kate’s world is one of brand-building at the relentless pace of retail. With a background both at creative agencies,in leadership roles at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris and Ogilvy Cape, and ‘on the client side’ at Sanlam, she loves the unique challenge of effective engagement within the increasing convergence of customer,commerce, content, channel and creativity

 

Kirsten Niehaus
Internal Communication and Art Manager, Nando’s SA
Johannesburg

With a Business Science Finance degree from UCT, Kirsten has an eclectic mix of skills and experience, including time spent in luxury apartment property development and four years in Botswana where she founded and managed a casual dining restaurant know as ‘The Chicken Chief’. A bigger ‘chicken chief’ in the form of Nando’s came calling and Kirsten has spent the last several year sin the company’s marketing department.

She’s picked up a lot of metal along the way, including several BASA awards, a Loeries Bronze and Loeries Grand Prix. Kirsten is currently focusing on the development of a multi-platform internal communications strategy for Nando’s 8,000 employees.With recent awards including a Silver Quill 2018 and several SA Publication Forum Awards 2018(including runner-up for best internal magazine), it’s clear her work in this area is packing as much punch as Nando’s XXX-Hot PERi-PERi!

 

Terry Mckenna
CCO, The Odd Number
Johannesburg

With 18 years experience in the advertising industry, Terry is an Ad man through and through. Having worked as a copywriter at some of South Africa’s most prestigious agencies such as Grey, TBWA Hunt Lascaris and Joe Public, his last position before joining The Odd Number as ECD, was as Creative Director on the Castle Lager and Cadbury Accounts at Ogilvy Johannesburg. He has considerable experience across several FMCG accounts and has won several advertising awards on both the international and local stage.