Cannes Lions announces 2024 Awarding Jury members from the UAE

Motivate Media Group and Motivate Val Morgan, the official representatives of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the UAE, have announced that thirteen esteemed jurors will represent the UAE on the awarding panel at the 71st edition of the Cannes Lions Festival this June.

The 71st edition of Cannes Lions will witness Leo Burnett’s Kalpesh Patankar serving as the first Jury President for Industry Craft Lions, marking the second consecutive jury representation in two years for the MENA region.

Commenting on the Jury, Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said: “We’re delighted to have a balance and breadth of expertise and global representation across our Juries.

“The Awarding Juries represent the global industry’s leading talent from a diverse range of disciplines, and we welcome the unique perspectives they bring. We thank them for their time, dedication and care in setting the global creative benchmark for our industry.”

In reference to the Cannes Lions jury panel from the UAE, Ian Fairservice – Managing Partner of Motivate Media Group, said: “We are excited to see the continuous increase in the UAE’s footprint at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

“Kalpesh Patankar’s appointment as the second consecutive jury president in two years serves as a clear indication of the creative industry’s development here, steered by a diverse and talented group of experts.

“This reflects the UAE’s steadfast dedication to upholding standards of excellence and innovation in advertising, marketing, and communications. With a further twelve talented jury members, each bringing their own unique perspectives to the judging process, this is a great representation of our region at the international level.”

The 2024 Awarding Jury Members from the UAE have been named as:

Brand Experience & Activation:

Nayaab Rais, Senior Creative Director, FP7 McCann Dubai

Creative Commerce:

Sebastien Boutebel, Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi ME

Creative Effectiveness:

Islam Eldessouky, Global VP, Creative & Strategy, Coca-Cola TM

Digital Craft:

Stacy Andersen, Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation, Merkle MENAT


Saymon Medeiros, Creative Director, and us

Entertainment Lions For Music:

Pierre Carnet, Managing Director, MENA, MassiveMusic


Camila Venegas Gomez, Associate Creative Director, M&C Saatchi

Industry Craft (Jury President):

Kalpesh Patankar, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett


Elda Choucair, Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom Media Group (MENA)


Darius LaBelle , President, BPG Group


Marie Claire Maalouf, Chief Creative Officer, Edelman

Radio & Audio:

Federico Fanti, Chief Creative Officer, FP7 McCann Dubai


Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer, Impact BBDO

The shortlisting jury lineup alongside the Luxury & Lifestyle Lions Jury will be announced soon. See the full list of Global Presidents and Awarding jury members here.

Further information on this year’s Festival and the Lions Awards can be found at www.canneslions.com

 Key Dates:

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity: 17-21 June 2024