Dubai Lynx Awards announces full jury line up for 2020 Festival

The Festival is taking place from 8 – 10 March in the Madinat Jumeirah to judge and award the very best creative work of the year

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Dubai Lynx has announced the global industry leaders from 23 countries who will judge the best creative work from across the MENA region at the 2020 Festival.

Philip Thomas, Chairman of Dubai Lynx, commented: “Our esteemed jury members play an integral role in ensuring the Dubai Lynx awards continue to set the benchmark for creative excellence in the MENA region. We’re thrilled to welcome such an inspiring and passionate group of industry experts to this year’s Festival.”

The juries will convene in Dubai during the Festival (taking place from 8 – 10 March in the Madinat Jumeirah to judge and award the very best creative work. In 2020, a new Creative Strategy Award was launched to celebrate the idea behind the idea and strategic planning that positively influences business, consumers or wider culture. The jury will award breakthrough and transformational problem-solving that has led to compelling creative strategy.

The full jury line up is announced as follows:

Film, Print & Publishing, Radio & Audio and Direct

  • Kate Stanners, Global Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi, Global – Jury President
  • Joshua Tay, Group Creative Director, TBWA\Shanghai, China
  • Matthieu Elkaim, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy Paris, France
  • Sanele Ngubane, Creative Director, Toasted Samish, South Africa
  • Álvaro Rodrigues, Former CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Freelance, Brazil
  • Malin Wikerberg, CEO, Garbergs Malmö, Sweden
  • Alice Bottaro, Creative Director, Antoni, Germany

Creative Effectiveness and Creative Strategy

  • Fernando Machado, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Burger King, Global – Jury President
  • Devika Bulchandani, President, McCann, USA
  • Kathrin Jesse, Executive Strategy Director, Member of the Board, DDB Berlin, Germany
  • Tripti Lochan, Co-CEO, Asia, VMLY&R, Asia
  • Nicolas Chidiac, Chief Strategy Officer, Rokkan, USA

Digital, Mobile, Brand Experience & Activation and Outdoor

  • Bas Korsten, Global Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman Thompson, Global – Jury President
  • Shagun Seda, Creative Head – West, DDB Mudra Group, India
  • Eduardo Marques, Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Spain, Spain
  • Jax Jung, Global Creative Director, Cheil Worldwide, Global
  • Ciro Sarmiento, Chief Creative Officer, Dieste, USA
  • Carla Leveratto, Creative Partnerships Manager, Google, Italy
  • Michael Nagy, Creative Director, Jung von Matt, Austria

Design and Industry Craft

  • Greg Quinton, Global Chief Creative Officer, Superunion, Global – Jury President
  • Roanna Williams, Executive Creative Director, Black River FC, South Africa
  • Jakob Trollbäck, Founder / Chief Creative, The New Division by Trollbäck + Company, Sweden
  • Malvika Mehra, Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu, India
  • Ben Sun Erhei, Chief Creative Officer, China / General Manager, Shanghai, Havas, China
  • Josh Gross, Co-Chief Creative Officer, Energy BBDO, USA
  • Ben Usher, Senior Creative, FCB Inferno, UK


  • Luke Southern, Managing Director, Drum, UK – Jury President
  • Jenny Orru, Branded Content Director, NOFILTER, France
  • Tytus Klepacz, Creative Advisor, Change Serviceplan, Poland
  • Sandipan Bhatacharyya, Managing Director & Chief Creative Officer, GREY India
  • Simon Bookallil, CEO / Founding Partner, Bashful, Australia
  • Freshteh Piltan, Director, B-Reel Films, Sweden

Film Craft 

  • Laura Geagea, Managing Director & Executive Producer, China & Asia, Sweetshop, China  – Jury President
  • Lucas Duque, Partner / Creative Music Director, Sonido Antro, Brazil
  • Khalil Bachooali, Founder and Executive Producer, Offroad Films, India
  • Zia Mandviwalla, Film Director, FINCH, New Zealand
  • Amr Singh, Director & Co-Founder, Fort, South Africa
  • Catherine Baikousis, Managing Partner/ Executive Producer, ANORAK Films, Germany


  • Valerie Pinto, CEO, Weber Shandwick, India – Jury President
  • David Morales, Executive Creative Director, Philipp und Keuntje, Germany
  • Leilani Abels, Founder & Managing Director, Thrive PR + Communications, Australia
  • Huma Qureshi, Regional Director – PR & Corporate Communications, GREY Group, APAC, Middle East & Africa
  • Caterina Tonini, CEO, Havas PR, Italy
  • Alexandre Faure, Managing Director, Elan Edelman, France
  • Jacqueline Bosselaar, CEO, Strategist & Founder, Het PR Bureau, The Netherlands


  • Imogen Hewitt, CEO, Spark Foundry, Australia – Jury President
  • Corinne Verstraete, Managing Director, MediaCom, Belgium
  • Luis Mergulhão, CEO, Omnicom Media Group, Portugal
  • Jeff Nicholson, CEO, Tracer, USA
  • Susanne Persson, Country Manager, Verizon Media, Sweden
  • Ana Martin Garcia, Chief Strategy Officer, Forward, Spain
  • Amit Sutha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands, Malaysia


  • Matt Eastwood, Global Chief Creative Officer, McCann Health, Global – Jury President
  • Lou Shipley, Creative Director, Havas Lynx, UK
  • Till Hohmann, Chief Creative Officer, Geometry, EMEA
  • Michael Zivkovic, Senior Art Director, Ogilvy Health, Australia
  • Teri Gerbec, VP/Creative Director, Digitas Health, USA

The Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity opens with a drinks reception on Sunday 8 March. Two days of content from inspirational speakers from across the region and around the world will close with the Dubai Lynx Awards Show & Dinner taking place Wednesday 11 March, where this year’s winners will be announced. Further information on how to enter and attend can be found on www.dubailynx.com.