The Midas Awards®
2013 Grand Jury

The Midas Awards panel of judges includes client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. These judges offer their perspectives not only on how well a message is delivered, but how it is received. Gold and Silver Midas ingots are presented to the highest-scoring entries, and a Grand Midas winner is selected as the competition's "Best of Show."

Len Costa

Head, Innovation & Emerging Media, CFA Institute, USA

Sean Davison

SVP Creative Director, MacLaren McCann, Canada

Paul Dery

Executive Creative Director, R/GA, USA

Ben Gartland

Creative Director, Bengar Films, Australia

Ann B. Glover

Chief Marketing Officer, ING U.S., USA

Jon Goldberg

Executive Creative Director, kbs+, USA

Marc Guttesman

Creative director, Heartland Payment Systems, USA

Johannes Heldrich

Creative Director, heimat Werbeagentur GmbH, Germany

MinYen Hsieh

User Experience Designer, Ogilvy & Mather, USA

Pete Jones

Executive Creative Director, McCann XBC, USA

Devin Kennedy

Executive Creative Director, King James Group, Cape Town

Seren Koroglu

Creative Director, 41?29!, Turkey

David Lennon

Creative Director, Bloomberg, USA

Rowena Millward

Senior Director Integrated Communications/Digital, Johnson and Johnson, Australia

Erik Norin

Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy New York, New York

Jo Nussbaumer

Chief Creative Officer, RahoferNussbaumer, Austria

Venkat Patla

Associate Creative Director, Leo Burnett Business, USA

Will Payovich

Creative Director, Havas Worldwide Chicago, USA

Jim Piercy

Creative Director, Bloomberg, UK

Joumana Sader

Design Director, TAGbrands, Lebanon

Ned Selover

Associate Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather, USA

Ben Smith

Associate Creative Director, CP+B, USA

Kirti Srikant

AVP, Director of Brand Marketing & Advertising, OppenheimerFunds, USA

David Sutton

Principal / Director, Frantic Studio, USA

Doreen Toutikian

Co-Founder, Director, Beirut Design Week, MENA Design Research Center, Lebanon

Blaz Vuk

Creative Director, Pristop, Slovenia

Ryan Wills

Creative Director / Founder / Co-owner, Taxi Studio, UK

Mengwen Xiang

Art Supervisor, The CDM Group, USA

Edita Zulic

Advocacy / Special Events Officer, United Nations, USA

Len Costa

  • Head, Innovation & Emerging Media
  • CFA Institute
  • USA

Len Costa is head of innovation and emerging media at CFA Institute, where he oversees global social media, helps shape the organization's digital content strategy, and coordinates engagement strategies for the organization’s Future of Finance initiative. He previously served as director of interactive media at the Institute for Private Investors (IPI), a peer networking organization for ultra-high-net-worth families and their advisors. Mr. Costa also wrote a private wealth column for the Financial Times and, prior to joining IPI, held senior editorial positions at Institutional Investor magazine and Worth magazine. In addition to these publications, his writing has appeared in Forbes, Fortune, Slate, The New York Times, and the CFA Institute Enterprising Investor blog. Mr. Costa earned a BA from the University of Virginia, a diploma in French language from the Université de Paris, and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York.

Selected Articles:
• Inside Bloomberg’s Twitter A-List (Well, At Least a Fraction of It)
(Enterprising Investor blog)
• Chasing Warren Buffett’s Alpha (Enterprising Investor blog)
• Do Good Investment Managers Give Away Great Ideas? It’s Entirely Rational According to New Study (Enterprising Investor blog)
• Reviving Horatio Alger (Forbes.com)
• Facebook for Finance (Institutional Investor magazine)

Sean Davison

  • SVP Creative Director
  • MacLaren McCann
  • Canada

Everyday I am able to create, to dream, to learn, to inspire, to craft, to listen to the world - the big scapes, the digital corners - and to use that knowledge, that culture, that technology, to make award winning advertising programs for trusting brands like Coke, MasterCard, Xbox, Chevrolet, Durex, Kellogg’s, Buick and Molson Brewery. To inspire and lead my teams to create these “moments of influence” in this transmedia wild west is incredibly exciting. Be it traveling or lecturing, painting or cooking, boardrooms or alleyways - ideas are everywhere. It’s so much fun to find them, sell them, make them and watch how powerful they can become.

Paul Dery

  • Executive Creative Director
  • R/GA
  • USA

Since arriving in America and R/GA four years ago, Paul has played a key role in marrying the various agency offerings with compelling storytelling. Crafting successful campaigns such as MasterCard’s “Ask Buck” and The AdCouncil’s “That’s Not Cool.com” to name a few.

Paul, much like R/GA, started his advertising career in production. After an apprenticeship in the industry that included a successful foray into Account Service, Paul completed the holy trinity of advertising and made the final jump to join the Copy Department of M&C Saatchi in Sydney.

Helping establish the R/GA Sydney and Austin offices has been Paul's latest endeavors.

Ben Gartland

  • Creative Director
  • Bengar Films
  • Australia

Ben Gartland is an Australian film director of commercials, documentaries and branded content for some of the world’s most trusted brands. He is Founder and Creative Director of Bengar Films (Melbourne), a leading independent agency for film and digital media services and member of the Australian Directors Guild.

Ben began his film career producing television commercials in Japan, China and Southeast Asia. He has written, produced and directed commercials for international advertising agencies, including Young & Rubicam Shanghai for Sony, Wellcom Korea for Hana Bank and Lowe HCMC for Unilever.

In Australia, Ben’s work has a foundation in commercials and documentaries, with marquee clients such as National Australia Bank, Telstra and Australia Post. Since beginning his career, Ben has directed over 400 commercial documentaries, branded content and commercials. Last year he was awarded with no less than ten international film and advertising awards for his work.

Over the last decade, Ben has worked with Australia’s leading brands in helping to change consumer perception. His direction style is human, genuine and authentic, choosing to work with real people rather than actors. It is this fine metering, which has made him a specialist in storytelling with an unscripted voice.

With a “show, don’t tell approach”, he has become a leading authority for Australia’s financial services brands in expanding ways to connect with audiences with a helpful and genuine tone. His goal is to deepen conversations and create more engaging relationships with audiences, across new media terrains.

Ann B. Glover

  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • ING U.S.
  • USA

Ann B. Glover is the chief marketing officer for ING U.S. She oversees all corporate strategic marketing activities including brand development, advertising, digital and social strategy, sponsorships, market research, data analytics and consumer insights, and business marketing. She is leading the company’s rebranding effort to become Voya Financial in 2014.
Glover joined ING in 2008 after seven years with The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. where she served as the company’s group senior vice president of corporate relations and chief marketing officer. Prior to The Hartford, Glover spent 13 years in key marketing leadership roles for the Pepsi-Cola Company. She managed a number of well-known brands, including Mountain Dew and Aquafina, and pioneered a joint venture with Starbucks where she introduced bottled Frappuccino to the marketplace.
Glover, who speaks French and Swedish, holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from St. Michael's College in Vermont and a master's of business Administration from Northeastern University in Massachusetts. She is a director of the Greater Hartford YMCA, and has previously held numerous board positions, including serving as a trustee of St. Michael’s College for 10 years.

Jon Goldberg

  • Executive Creative Director
  • kbs+
  • USA

Jon got into advertising by accident. In 1994, while not working as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, instead of waiting tables, he decided to visit friends in Portland, Oregon who worked at Wieden & Kennedy. Two years later, Jon had experience working on Nike, Coca-Cola and ESPN. Eventually, he ended up in the New York office of Wieden & Kennedy, continuing to work on ESPN, Nike and Brand Jordan.

He joined kbs+ in 2008 and has since become executive creative director, overseeing the agency’s financial services super group, which includes Vanguard, Goldman Sachs, American Express, Nasdaq OMX, FTSE and BDO, among others.

Jon worked previously at CSTV, a cable sports channel now called CBS College Sports, where he learned about branded content as the director of content development. Before that, he was an associate creative director at McCann Erickson, working on Xbox, Rolling Rock and Bass Ale.

Some other brands that Jon has worked on throughout his years, freelance and fulltime, include Chase Bank, 21st Century Auto Insurance, Saab, Virgin America, the NFL, Hugo Boss and IFC (the Independent Film Channel), just to name a few.

Jon lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two kids, Charlie and Lucy. He continues to not work as a screenwriter.

Marc Guttesman

  • Creative director
  • Heartland Payment Systems
  • USA

Creative director. Copywriter. Mensch. For the past 25 years, Marc has been involved in creating memorable, thought-provoking advertising and communications for virtually every industry. He is an award-winning creative director who has received accolades for his work on the Milk Mustache campaign, Duncan Hines, Levitra, Verizon Wireless, and infamous “Marc & Tom” self promotion viral video which garnered a Lion at the Cannes Advertising Festival.

Marc began his career in South Florida working for a number of different agencies and design firms before refining his craft in New York at shops like Ogilvy & Mather, DDB, McCann-Erickson, Grey, Bozell and more. Fluent in both copy and art, Marc brings a unique vision to every job he works on. He relishes the opportunity to uncover the true voice of the brand and loves surprising clients with unexpected and strategic solutions.

Johannes Heldrich

  • Creative Director
  • heimat Werbeagentur GmbH
  • Germany

Johannes worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Coke, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Credit Suisse, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Lufthansa, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Siemens, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Sprite, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked and won.

MinYen Hsieh

  • User Experience Designer
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • USA

MinYen Hsieh is an award-winning user experience designer and creative thinker capable of delivering strong user experiences across on- and off-line platforms and interactive products and devices. He has worked at MTV, SONY, LBi and Ogilvy x IBM Design Lab.

He is devoted to design user- and customer-centred experiences to create engaging relationships through intuitive interactions and interfaces. His experience as a product designer places him in an excellent position to be able to understand the interplay between the physical form and the interface, and the way our products and devices communicate their intent and capability. It has also given him a great deal of skill and expertise as a visualizer of products, interfaces and innovative ideas.

Pete Jones

  • Executive Creative Director
  • McCann XBC
  • USA

Pete is executive creative director at McCann XBC in New York, a unit dedicated to MasterCard Worldwide. This is Pete’s second stint at the Interpublic agency after spending time at KBS+, leading creative duties on Goldman Sachs. Pete was raised and schooled in Philadelphia. It was in college where he won a national student advertising contest sponsored by Nissan that gave him the idea to pursue a copywriting career and two job offers in one day. For the next 15 years, Pete would create global and national campaigns for clients such as Nikon, Motorola, Coke, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Major League Baseball and Smith Barney. Most notably, while at McCann, Pete has helped evolve the MasterCard “Priceless” campaign to great popularity and earn awards from around the world. He is also a speaker for The Advertising Education Federation, encouraging more college students to pursue a career in advertising.

Devin Kennedy

  • Executive Creative Director
  • King James Group
  • Cape Town

After graduating from the University of Port Elizabeth with a B.com Industrial Psychology degree and completing a post graduate degree at AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town, morbid curiosity and the need to pay the rent made Devin Kennedy take his first job in Windhoek, Namibia. After a year stint and winning the Grand Prix at Namibia’s local advertising awards he decided to return to Cape Town in 1999 where he joined the King James Group as Junior Copywriter. About 21914 cups of coffee later, he was appointed Creative Director and a member of the Board in 2007 and Executive Creative Director in 2012.
For his sins, he has a generous helping of both local and international awards, which include golds at Cannes, Clios, One Show, London International, as well as Grand Prix and Ad of the Year in South Africa.

Seren Koroglu

  • Creative Director
  • 41?29!
  • Turkey

Seren Koroglu is the creative director at 41?29!, a leading digital creative agency based in Istanbul.

Seren started out in interactive advertising in some of the very first digital agencies in Turkey before he had a brief stint in film production and post-production. Then he joined the core team to start Turkey's first digital marketing agency, 41?29!, where he created impactful projects for leading national and international companies like Akbank, Garanti Bank, Aviva, Unilever, Renault, Diageo, Microsoft, Nokia, Teknosa, ING, Turkish Telekom and many more.

His works won many awards and accolades including Cannes Lions, Clio, Eurobest, Midas, FWA, Mixx and Effie.

He has recently been recognized to be one of the most influential creative directors by Marketing Turkiye.

David Lennon

  • Creative Director
  • Bloomberg
  • USA

David Lennon is a creative director for Bloomberg, based in Manhattan, producing TV commercials and multimedia sponsorships for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies. David joined Bloomberg’s London creative team in 2000, pioneering the concept of pitching and producing TV commercials for smaller European clients who hadn’t advertised on television before. This role later expanded into producing integrated campaign solutions for external clients across all of Bloomberg Media.

In 2007, David moved to Bloomberg’s New York headquarters to head up a new creative team and help increase revenue growth for ad sales. Current clients include GE Capital, PepsiCo, Delta Air Lines, Chase, Siemens, Porsche as well as many of the world’s leading financial companies.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, David worked for four years at McCann-Erickson Manchester as a copywriter. David is a supporter of Everton Football Club.

Rowena Millward

  • Senior Director Integrated Communications/Digital
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Australia

Rowena is a marketing and communications specialist who has headed up some of the world’s most loved consumer packaged goods brands, including Johnsons Baby, Neutrogena and Listerine, across multiple markets and regions (USA, Australia / New Zealand, Asia Pacific)

Her current role is senior director of integrated communications / digital for Johnson and Johnson – Global Marketing Group, where she is responsible for global agency relationships, integrated communications, digital and content strategy across Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Johnson and Johnson, Rowena worked for Procter and Gamble, as well as consulting to Mars Australia and Citibank (Asia Pacific) and was a founding member of Morgan Advertising Consultants.

Erik Norin

  • Creative Director
  • Wieden+Kennedy New York
  • New York

Erik is a creative director at Wieden+Kennedy New York. Before that Erik worked at R/GA New York—named ‘The Digital Agency of the Decade’. At R/GA Erik worked with clients such as MasterCard, McCormick, Microsoft and Impulse. Before joining R/GA Erik worked as a senior creative & creative director with Swedish agency Farfar for 8 years. Farfar was one of the world’s most successful digital agencies, ranked by The Gunn Report among the top 5 for the last five years, peaking at #1 in 2007. Erik has created numerous global, award-winning campaigns and worked with brands like Absolut Vodka, Adidas, Bjorn Borg, NGage, Nokia (including the pitch that won owners of Farfar, Isobar, the Global Digital Nokia account), Red Bull, Heineken and a bunch of Swedish brands. Before Erik joined Farfar he worked at awarded agencies Houdini (Sweden) and Dennis Interactive in New York. Erik has also acted as everything from CEO to janitor of his own company. Erik has as background as a Flash artist/Interactive designer and have studied script development, drama production, motion graphics/design, advertising, media, communication and more. Erik has been a frequent member of national and international juries and he’s held workshops in Cannes and other places. He was also in charge of the Farfar Academy—an education set up with renowned ad school Berghs in Stockholm, Sweden—educating young (digital) creatives and strategists. Erik was also recently shortlisted as Sweden’s most influential digital creatives and in March of 2011, W&V Magazine listed Erik as the 9th Best Creative Director in the World.

Jo Nussbaumer

  • Chief Creative Officer
  • RahoferNussbaumer
  • Austria

Jo Nussbaumer, 44, started his advertising career in 1992 as a copywriter for JWT Vienna, he was the creative director of FCB Vienna from 2000 to 2003 and is CCO in his own advertising agency RahoferNussbaumer since 2004. His annual reports for PALFINGER have been awarded by the most prestigeous international competitions such as Cannes Lions, Midas Awards, New York Festival, Clio Awards, D&AD London, London International Awards, Golden Drum, Golden Award of Montreux, ADC Germany and red dot design award.

Venkat Patla

  • Associate Creative Director
  • Leo Burnett Business
  • USA

In 18 years as a writer, Venkat has covered just about every type of advertising challenge for brands including Avis, Mack Trucks, DeWalt Tools and more.

Venkat focuses on bringing wit, charm and interest to business brands. Critically, he appreciates the importance of creating specific messages for different professional audiences. And he brings the intellectual commitment required to do so – whether it's bringing Options to life, or launching a cure for Crohn’s disease.

Prior Leo Burnett, Venkat worked at agencies in India and the U.S. including Mudra, India and Cline Davis Mann.

Will Payovich

  • Creative Director
  • Havas Worldwide Chicago
  • USA

Will is currently the creative director for Sonic—one of the top QSR brands in the U.S. He oversees all point-of-sale, photography, menu, digital, and packaging assignments. Some of this work was featured in Luerzer’s Archive last year.

As a creative director, Will has delivered impressive results for many iconic consumer brands including, Western Union, Citi, Sprint, Sears, and ExxonMobil.

As a senior creative executive at Havas Worldwide Chicago Will frequently serves as advisor, designer, writer, and strategist across the agency’s diverse roster of clients.

In 2011, Will won the international design competition for the cover of Who Cares Wins, the now bestselling book from Global CEO of HAVAS, David Jones.

In April 2012, Will served as a judge for the prestigious Cannes Young Lions Competition.

Will is also a regular contributor to business and trade publications on the topics of creative and marketing strategy. Will also keeps tabs on creative advertising, brand, design and marketing on Twitter (@willpay).

Jim Piercy

  • Creative Director
  • Bloomberg
  • UK

Jim Piercy is a creative director for Bloomberg covering EMEA and Asia Pac, based in London, producing TV commercials and multimedia sponsorships for a wide variety of clients, primarily within the financial services industry. Jim joined Bloomberg’s London creative team in 2000, initially to work on Bloomberg content then gradually moving exclusively into client creative.
Current clients include Saxo Bank, HSBC, Commerzbank, VTB Capital, and Russian Railways as well as many of the world’s leading financial companies.
Jim can often be found riding his bike up mountains for fun.

Joumana Sader

  • Design Director
  • TAGbrands
  • Lebanon

Joumana Sader is an award-winning design director of TAGbrands, a branding and design consultancy based in Beirut, Lebanon. With over 12 years of experience in the world of branding and design, Joumana has an extensive background in the financial sector working with clients all over the Middle East such as Banque du Liban, Bank Audi, Doha Bank, and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank.

Ned Selover

  • Associate Creative Director
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • USA

Ned Selover has experience in just about every category of advertising, from cars to packaged goods to technology to financial services.

In 2008, he developed a passion for travel, while shuttling back and forth from the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices of Ogilvy & Mather. That’s where he helped bring the Yahoo! and Cisco brands into the digital world. More recently, he spent three years in Paris, France, working, traveling and not speaking French at Young & Rubicam, Paris.

His work has been widely recognized by his mom and sister who really dig the integrated campaigns he did for Cisco where a business guy freaks out in a hotel lobby, and for Colgate, where models strip off their accessories on Champs-Élysées.

Ben Smith

  • Associate Creative Director
  • CP+B
  • USA

Hello there, I'm Ben, an associate creative director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder, Colorado.

I'm another Englishman abroad, having spent two years in New York at R/GA as a creative director and seven years in sunny Sydney working at Droga5 and Lowe.

I've won shiny trinkets and trophies at D&AD, Cannes, One Show, YoungGuns, Midas and more. I taught at Miami Ad School in Brookyln for six months and have been on several award show juries.

Apart from thinking up ideas, I play a lot of tennis and still harbor dreams of turning pro. I love English music. Enjoy eating Marmite on toast and drinking cups of tea. I watch an abnormal amount of football (soccer) and support Liverpool FC. But don’t hold that against me.

Kirti Srikant

  • AVP, Director of Brand Marketing & Advertising
  • OppenheimerFunds
  • USA

Kirti Srikant joined OppenheimerFunds as AVP, director of brand marketing & advertising in September 2010 to digitize the advertising and media strategies for the firm. She oversees brand marketing, advertising and media strategy and agency relationships. Her approach to creative messaging and multi-channel media strategy for the “Globalize your thinkingTM” campaign earned over 30 accolades including ‘Best in Show 2013’ from Mediapost’s OMMA Awards, ‘Best Overall Communications 2012-Advisor’ from MFEA, and FCS’s ‘Best in Show – App and Digital 2013’ amongst other awards over the past 3 years.

Previously, Ms. Srikant developed strong online and traditional advertising expertise in her nearly four years at Citigroup. She left the firm as VP, marketing strategy responsible for driving marketing strategy targeting Citi customers across the firm’s businesses. She also held roles where she designed and oversaw online advertising strategies, cross-sell, event sponsorships / marketing and acquisition marketing across the manufacturing and entertainment industries.

Ms. Srikant is a frequent speaker on advertising and innovative content marketing topics. She is the recipient of ‘JFAM’s 20 Rising Stars in Financial Marketing 2013’, ‘AWNY’s Advertising Working Mother of the Year 2012’, one of twenty leading female advertisers in the industry. Kirti volunteers her time as an elected board member of the Financial Communications Society supporting charities through the organizations’ works.

Kirti received her MBA from the Columbia Business School in 2009, and is a member of Columbia’s Women in Business and mentors CBS graduates pursuing marketing. She received the Columbia Business School Executive MBA Distinguished Service Award 2009. She has a B.S. in corporate communications & marketing from the City University of New York and previous to that attended Rutgers - State University of NJ. A native New Yorker, she has anchored entertainment programs for TV ASIA and Direct TV Indian networks targeting the South Asian community. Kirti lives with her daughter and husband in NYC.

David Sutton

  • Principal / Director
  • Frantic Studio
  • USA

Frantic Studio specializes in documentary style commercials and branded content. Principal/Director David Sutton has worked in film and television for many years, including creative corporate posts with MTV Networks as well as senior vendor-side creative positions with Oscar-winning film studio Shooting Gallery and interactive agency Organic. He has won numerous awards and through Frantic Studio, Sutton has also garnered success as a music video director, working with Sony/BMG artist Nicole Atkins and Warner Bros. artists Black Stone Cherry and The Parlor Mob. Additionally, he creates video art and his work has been featured at Brooklyn’s Mastel + Mastel Gallery and at the Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin.
David directs Frantic Studio with his wife Julie, and they live in Brooklyn with their beautiful daughter.

Doreen Toutikian

  • Co-Founder, Director
  • Beirut Design Week, MENA Design Research Center
  • Lebanon

Doreen Toutikian is the co-founder and organizer of Beirut Design Week. She currently holds the position of Director at MENA Design Research Center.

Since 2006, Doreen Toutikian has been dedicated to design research and education in the Middle East. During her postgraduate studies in Germany and the UK within the master of European design, Doreen became more familiar with the notion of being an interdisciplinary designer. She developed her understanding of design thinking based on creative methodologies for problem solving. She attended the Glasgow School of Art, where she studied product, service, system and social design. She worked on projects with Skills Development Scotland and Careers Scotland to provide better career choices for the Scottish youth.

In the Koeln International School of Design, she wrote her Master thesis book, "Design Education in the Middle East," which was awarded in the 2010 Cologne Design Prize.

Doreen believes that the key to successful design is collaboration. This belief has inspired her to initiate various projects with designers in order to encourage multidisciplinary teamwork for social innovation. Such projects include "Public Design Intervention: Beirut™" and DESMEEM. In 2010, she moved back to Beirut and co-founded the MENA Design Research Center, as planned in the proposal of her thesis book.
menadrc.org / beirutdesignweek.org

Blaz Vuk

  • Creative Director
  • Pristop
  • Slovenia

Blaž started to work in advertising 12 years ago after graduating from social sciences. First 7 years he worked as a creative director at Publicis and Saatchi&Saatchi Slovenia. Afterwards he joined the biggest Slovenian communication group Pristop as creative director. He worked for almost all important national clients as well as numerous international ones, and was rewarded for his work at international and national festivals. He won gold and silver awards at Golden drum, Eurobest Award, Cresta Award, European Excellence Awards, Midas Award, Webby Award, Silverlight Award and numerous Grand Prix at domestic advertising festivals.

Ryan Wills

  • Creative Director / Founder / Co-owner
  • Taxi Studio
  • UK

I'm the creative director, founder and co-owner of Taxi Studio. This role has seen me wear many hats (creative, face of business, admin, strategist, teacher, student, traveller…) this has been challenging, infuriating, worrying, amusing but above all fun. I trained at Somerset College of Arts and Technology (a design course famous in the UK for producing creative thinkers, many of which adorn the top spots in the top agencies).

I joined an agency called Thirteen as a designer where I worked for five years cutting my teeth with clients such as Orange and the BBC. Left to work on my own for two years to allow more freedom and nurtured clients such as Clarks Shoes and Somerfield before going on to set up Taxi Studio.

Founded in 2002, Taxi Studio has amassed over 130 international design awards, including the New York Festivals Grand Award for design as well as receiving honours from the Design Week Awards, London International Awards, Type Directors Club of New York, Communication Arts, One Show, Art Director's Club, Mobius, Clio and of course, D&AD (including, having the honour of judging the 2008 D&AD awards). Taxi Studio presently work with Coca-Cola and have done for the last six years across most of their drinks platforms. We also work with Kraft (Zurich and UK offices) across some of their core brands along with a host of other clients such as Clarks Shoes, Beverage Partners Worldwide (Zurich), Carlsberg (Copenhagen), Famous Grouse, Paradigm (subsidiary of EADS) to name but a few.

Mengwen Xiang

  • Art Supervisor
  • The CDM Group
  • USA

Mengwen Xiang is a multidisciplinary art director and creative thinker living and working in New York City.
Her work has been awarded internationally, including recognition by the AAF Addy Awards, American Design Awards, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, International Design Award, Creativity International Award, Summit Creative Award, and Graphis Annual Award. Because of her outstanding expertise, she is also invited to contribute her expertise opinions in many international creative competitions, such as Creativity International Awards, Spark Awards, International Design Awards, A’ Design Awards, and Art Director Club’s Tomorrow Awards.

Edita Zulic

  • Advocacy / Special Events Officer
  • United Nations
  • USA

Edita's work experience is as universal and dynamic as her life. In the Department of Communications and External Relations at United Nations Headquarters in New York, she organizes events and manages projects that raise awareness of the organization's mission. Before joining the UN, she managed marketing and PR at Nomination, an Italian jewelry company, for their US, Canada and UK headquarters based in New York. Her passion for art and Italy lead her to pursue a postgraduate degree in Venetian art history at the University of Warwick, UK, while living and researching cross-cultural exchanges in art and architecture in Venice, London, and Dubrovnik. On the side, she freelances for benefit art auctions at Paddle8, enjoys art, travelling the world, and writing. With her diverse cultural background and multiple language skills, she never fails to bring a fresh perspective. This is her third time on an international advertising awards jury.


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