Jury President

Nedal Ahmed
Senior copywriter, 72andSunny
Amsterdam

Meet our Film and Radio Jury President, Nedal Ahmed. Nedal is a senior copywriter at 72andSunny in Amsterdam, whose portfolio includes “The Talk”, the 2018 Cannes Lions Grand Prix and Emmy-winning film for Procter & Gamble, which offers an insight into the realities of racism in America.

Nedal was born in Libya to Sudanese parents, and lived in Egypt and Yemen before immigrating to the United States at age 11. She received degrees in marketing and advertising from the University of North Texas, where she graduated magna cum laude. She spent four years at BBDO New York, before moving to 72andSunny in 2019.

Nedal’s other work includes: “Mama Said Knock You Out”, a spot from Chase featuring Serena Williams; and #OneGoodReason, an anti-smoking campaign for CVS, which was subsequently praised by Michelle Obama.

Nedal is currently featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 – Marketing and Advertising 2019, and The Drum x 50 Under 30 US Women in Advertising. She has eight Cannes Lions to her name, five One Show Gold Pencils and nine D&AD pencils.

Yash Deb
Chief Creative Officer & Managing Director, Isobar
Kenya

"Advertising is like penicillin. It may cure some things but there are better remedies out there now."

Art lover, book hoarder, idea generator, knowledge seeker, award winner and an experienced agency nomad who helps brands align with their consumer’s passions through the power of ideas.

Yash is a 30 year old, award-winning creative professional currently living and working in Nairobi, Kenya. Yash has had the privilege of working on some of the world’s most loved brands with some of the world’s biggest agencies and at inspiring creative shops over the past 12 years. He is currently the Chief Creative Officer and Managing Director at Isobar Kenya. In the last 3 years, he has set up the creative department and played a pivotal role in winning and servicing all the accounts that are currently at the agency. The work they have done has seen Isobar ranked as the No.1 Creative Agency in Kenya by the APA Loeries.

 

Bridget Johnson
ECD, Riverbed
Johannesburg


Bio pending.

 

Jared Osmond
CD, King James Group
Cape Town

Bio pending.

 

Mbeu Kambuwa
Senior Writer, FCB
Johannesburg


Bio pending.

 

Molefi Thulo
ECD, Ogilvy Johannesburg
Johannesburg


Bio pending.

 

George Low
CD, TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris
Johannesburg


George Low is a Creative Director at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris. It's his second stint with them, so he must really like it there. In previous lives he also worked at Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather and MetropolitanRepublic. Over the last twenty odd years he's worked on big, business-changing campaigns for brands like Pedigree, SASOL, Standard Bank, Flight Centre and MTN. George has won a modest amount of shiny statues and finds it really strange to talk about himself in the third person. Also, he met the Dalai Lama once.

 

Khanyi Mpumlwana
Senior Writer, FCB
Johannesburg


Khanyi is a queerist, blackist, feminist writist at FCB.

Louis Enslin
Producer
Johannesburg


Louis Enslin – a formally trained award-winning sound engineer with over 20 years’ experience in live sound, studio recording, music production, jingle composition and post production. He worked in theatre as FOH engineer during the late 90’s. And in 2003 he started working at Produce Sound previously owned by Hugh and Sherry Bush. In 2004 he bought the company from them after relocating to the Refinery (One of SA top Post Houses in the early 2000’s). In 2012 he opened up the new 4 studio facility and started a collective with some of the top tallent in South Africa, Johan Theron, Theo Potgieter, Jo Darling and Nathi Luthango. 

In 2019 Produce relaunched as an Audio Agency providing creative audio solutions. 

He is also Co-owner of 3D Radio ,BookBeakHeylu, and Bright Above. 

 

Paige Nick
Co-founder, Nick & Barry
Cape Town

After two decades spent winning awards at just about every big agency here, and some overseas, I realised writing all day wasn’t enough, so I started writing books and columns in my spare time too. Today Karin Barry-McCormack and I are Nick&Barry, a senior, conceptual freelance agency of two. So, if you need a great team with a ton of experience, you know where to find us.

I’m also sometimes a Sunday Times columnist and always the author of 9 novels, most of which are comedies about sex, politics and banting.

I live in Cape Town mostly (or wherever the job takes me), and I spend an unhealthy amount of time writing books, columns and series, and happily making ads for anyone who needs us.

Steph van Niekerk
CD, Grey
Johannesburg


Steph has been honing her skills as an integrated creative at some of South Africa’s most iconic agencies for over 19 years. She have won every local and international award several times and her highlights include a Gold Pencil for TV at the One Show, a Gold Lion for Film, a Gold  Campaign Lion for Radio and the first ever  film Grand Prix for a branded content series at the Loeries in 2018. She is passionate about making integrated, insight-driven work that moves people and explores the human condition in all its beauty, imperfection, fragility and hilarity. She is currently a Creative Director on the Distell business at Grey Africa.