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In 2004, Advertising Week New York debuted for the first time. Now in its 15th year, #AWNewYork keeps the conversation going through an ever-changing industry for a week of thoughtful conversations with leaders from the marketing, advertising, technology and creative spaces. Over the course of the week, we discuss where we’ve been, where we’re going and what trends, challenges and opportunities are shaping today’s global industry. Advertising Week New York is a part of a global network of Advertising Week events in Sydney, Tokyo, Mexico City, and London.

Seminars & Workshops
Advertising Week’s daytime thought leadership program is made up of over 270 seminars and workshops focused on the industry’s most important topics. From innovations in technology, to creative storytelling and new trends in programmatic data, our program is built to be diverse, educational and thought provoking.

Industry leaders like Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington, Sir Martin Sorrell, Carolyn Everson, Nigel Morris, Jessica Alba, Ira Glass and Lin-Manuel Miranda are just a few examples of the inspiring speakers you’ll learn from at Advertising Week.
Leadership Breakfasts
Every morning, start your day with insight and inspiration from key industry leaders at our popular Leadership Breakfast Series at iconic New York venues.


With music, comedy, galas and more, Advertising Week’s evening events are legendary. Headliners including DNCE, Sting, Avicii, Outkast, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Snoop, Demi Lovato and more are all veterans of Advertising Week’s iconic night-time concert series.

Looking for a laugh? We’ve also had some of comedy’s biggest acts on stage for our late-night comedy series, including Amy Schumer, Trevor Noah and Jack Whitehall. In 2018, Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost took to the stage at the Gotham Theatre.  

D&AD Impact Awards
Advertising Week New York plays host to the D&AD Impact Awards which celebrate transformative, creative ideas that have had a positive impact on the world and contributed towards a better, fairer and more sustainable future for all. Now in it's third year, the D&AD Impact awards have proven to be a highlight of The Week.


AW Connects
End each day with a cocktail at AW Connects. Open to all delegates, this happy hour allows attendees to meet and discuss the topics of the day in a casual, fun environment.

Tunji AdeyinkaRepublicom
Tunji Adeyinka
Tunji Adeyinka is the Group Managing Director of The Republicom Group; a Marketing Group positioned to lead business transformation for businesses in Africa, providing innovative, end to end communication services . The group provides services in Advertising, Design, Marketing Advisory Services, Public Relations, Sports Marketing, Digital Marketing, Media Planning/Buying, Influencer Marketing, Research, Sponsorships, Brand Activation, Route to Market, etc.

The companies have a deep understanding of the African market, consumers and key groups across the continent.

Tunji has extensive experience in the telecommunications and the marketing communications business.

Paul BainsfairIPA
Paul Bainsfair
Director General, IPA

Paul Bainsfair became Director General of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) July 2011. Paul is a Fellow of the IPA and also a graduate of IPA Stage 5 (Professor Peter Doyle). His ad career began at Saatchi & Saatchi where he started as an account executive and rose to become its CEO within ten years.

He left Saatchis to co-found Bainsfair Sharkey Trott with John Sharkey and Dave Trott. Widely recognised as one of London’s most successful independent agencies during the 1990s, BST was eventually sold to Omnicom and merged with TBWA in 2000. He then became President TBWA Europe. This included a merger and acquisition programme; direct responsibility for 35 offices and 3,000 staff; and TBWA being named Best Global Network in 2003 and 2006.

Paul studied advertising at Watford College and is a graduate of Omnicom’s Harvard Faculty Leadership Programme. He describes himself as an adman and a farmer. He is married to Sophie and has three children, Bruno, Ted and Phoebe. They live in London and Wiltshire.

Louise Barrett
Louise Barrett

Daniel BassIPG Mediabrands
Daniel Bass
CEO, IPG Mediabrands Australia

Danny leads the IPG Mediabrands Australia business which has more than 600 people in six capital cities. The Group offers clients all skill sets necessary for brands to compete and grow in the vibrant world of media and marketing.

He is passionate about the digital development of the media industry and a strong supporter in driving inclusion and diversity initiatives that attract the broadest possible workforce.

Danny is formerly Chief Investment and Intelligence Officer for GroupM Australia. Prior to that he was GroupM’s Chief Digital Officer and previously National Sales Director for News Digital Media. He is a Board Member of the Media Federation of Australia and also a Board Member of UnLtd, the industry social-purpose organisation focused on youth.

Alvin BowlesFacebook
Alvin Bowles
Alvin Bowles, Vice President of Publisher Sales & Operations manages Facebook’s Audience Network and various products and technology initiatives focused on delivering value to content providers. As a part of the Facebook Publisher Solutions vertical, he is responsible for the worldwide network of quality inventory from global publishers and developers applicable for scalable monetization with advertisers. Based in New York, he reports to the VP of Publisher Solutions as a part of the Global Media Solutions division, delivering strategic value beyond Facebook’s core consumer product. Prior to Facebook, Bowles was Global GM for Video at Grab Media/Rhythm One, and was accountable for all aspects of the divisions operations as well as spearheading strategic development and managing the firm’s growth. In August 2013, as CEO, Bowles led Grab Media through an acquisition to Rhythm One, a publicly traded leading technology firm, headquartered in London. Bowles joined Grab from Viacom, where as senior vice president – brand solutions BET Networks, he led integrated sales and strategy efforts, including product integration, branded entertainment, original digital content, event execution and experiential marketing. He created a number of television and online properties on behalf of advertisers, which received a number of industry awards. Before joining Viacom, Bowles worked at AOL as vice president and publisher of AOL Black Voices as a key member of the strategy sales team 2006-2007. In this role he oversaw sales and sales development for AOL multicultural division as the brand experienced tremendous growth during this period. From 2004-2006, Bowles worked at Time Warner as the vice president of the global asset media group developing cross-functional sales and marketing platforms for various divisions across Time Warner's portfolio. Prior to Time Warner, he served as Sony Music's director of business development and created strategic traditional and digital partnerships with brands on behalf of the label group. He began his career at JP Morgan where he spent three years as a corporate financial analyst, eventually transitioning into media.

Bowles earned his MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business and he received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ryman Hospitality Properties, a publically traded REIT, headquartered in Nashville, TN. He also serves as an advisory council member for a number of civic-minded ventures and is an active alumnus for both Michigan and Harvard.

Alvin Bowles resides in New Rochelle, NY with his wife, and two daughters.
Steven ChangTencent
Steven Chang
As Corporate Vice President of Tencent, Steven is in charge of online media marketing solutions and advertising business of Online Media Group (OMG), with a special eye on the alignment of Tencent Video, Mobile, Portal and Social Advertising.

36kr, The Paper, HRB, Ad Age and Campaign, and business titles such as the Asia Wall Street Journal and China Daily. Steven attaches importance to mobile marketing, content and technology in particular in recent years, and fully convinced that mobile Internet represents future trend and key characteristic of Internet development in China.

Steven is Adjunct Professor at universities in China and Hong Kong, including the Department of Marketing at Hong Kong Chinese University, and has been one of the few 4As Strategic Consultants of CCTV since 2009.

Steven has also garnered a number of advertising awards, including 2014 Marketing Influencer of ifeng.com, 2013 Ad Person, 2012-2016 VMarketing China Top 100 Marketers, Campaign 2016 A-List, Leading Figure Award of Beijing Advertising Industry 30th Anniversary Ceremony, Top 10 Ad Persons of China, Top 10 Digital Marketers of China, Media Person of the Year, and 4As Premium Distinguished Expert of Baidu. Steven led ZenithOptimedia to become Best Agency of the Year from R3-CAA, Best Agency of the ROI Festival, and No. 1 in RECMA in 2010.

Steven holds an EMBA degree jointly issued by Kellogg-HKUST of Management, Northwestern University (ranked No.1 worldwide by the Financial Times five times) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Claudia ContrerasSamsung
Claudia Contreras
Claudia Contreras asumió el cargo de Directora de Mercadotecnia en Samsung Electronics México en septiembre de 2015.

Como parte de sus responsabilidades y gracias a su amplio conocimiento del mercado tecnológico, Claudia conduce un equipo de expertos con el propósito de fortalecer los vínculos entre las necesidades de los usuarios y la innovación de la compañía a través de una comunicación más constante y emocional.

Con más de 25 años de experiencia en marketing, publicidad, ventas, e-commerce, experiencia del consumidor y planeación estratégica, Claudia ha desarrollado cualidades de liderazgo y manejo de negocios en empresas multi-nacionales, trabajando en México, Estados Unidos y Brasil.

Durante cinco años, Claudia trabajó en Aeroméxico, donde desempeñó diversos cargos hasta convertirse en Vicepresidenta Ejecutiva de las divisiones de Mercadotecnia y Servicio al Cliente, implementando estrategias de posicionamiento a nivel regional e internacional. Ha formado parte también de importantes compañías como Apple, Televisa, Turner Broadcasting Systems, y Tycoon Enterprises.

Es miembro activo de Foro Internacional de Mujeres y de Endeavour.

Patricia CorsiHeineken
Patricia Corsi
Marketing executive, brands with Purpose ambassador with over 20 years of international experience in blue chip FMCG in diverse industries and geographies.

I am curious, enthusiastic and have been blessed with great roles in different continents, with diverse people and with different brands. From Brazil to UK, NL and Mexico, from Sony to Kraft, Unilever and now HEINEKEN.

My personal values guide me - Respect, Autonomy, Challenge, Fairness & Openness, and continuous learning.

I believe that Marketing has the power to change people and society for the best - to be a CMO is to enjoy this responsibility and the endless possibilities while having FUN! Most importantly I am the proud mum of Lorenzo and Egydio´s wife (19 years and counting).

Martha Debayle
Martha Debayle
She creates valuable everyday connection with Spanish speaking audiences through her various broadcasting and publishing platforms, turning her into the most influential voice in Mexico.

As President and Founder of The Media Marketing Knowledge Group - a Mexican multimedia company - she leads the impactful generation of editorial content for women and young parents, as well as commercial storytelling strategies for advertising campaigns in both conventional and digital media outlets.

MMK Group currently holds 5 brands: bbmundo, moi, The Beauty Effect, Martha Debayle and Eugenia Debayle, all working towards one clear mission - "provide relevant, useful and accesible information to all audiences in order to help them become a better version of themselves and take better educated decisions in all aspects of their lives".

Debayle is considered a life coach, a life style icon and an entrepreneur. She is a multi-award recipient for her constant work on promoting women empowerment, entrepreneurship, gender equality and diversity, and social responsibility issues. Magazines such as Líderes Mexicanos, Forbes, Entrepreneur  and Expansión amongst others, have listed her on the top 10 most powerful women leaders in Mexico. She is also one of the first public figures to become a Superbrand.

As a personal brand, Martha Debayle is currently expanding her foot print on consumer products, key note speaking tour and other innovative content distribution projects. She has a 4 million people community of followers on social media and over 4 million podcasts downloaded every month around the world.

Colleen DeCourcyWieden+Kennedy
Colleen DeCourcy
Global Executive Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy

Colleen DeCourcy was appointed to the global management team of Wieden+Kennedy in January of 2013.

DeCourcy joined W+K from Socialistic, a social media content and design shop she founded in 2010 and served as chief creative officer and CEO. While at Socialistic, she won coveted accounts Red Bull and Fast Company, two of the leading content marketers in the world, and also led work for Showtime and GE.

Prior to Socialistic, DeCourcy was also the first chief digital officer for TBWA Worldwide, setting the network’s global digital strategy and leading digital efforts for adidas and Pepsi. Her career has also included the roles of chief experience officer at JWT NY and chief creative officer at Organic, where she led creative on Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge.

In January 2013 Decourcy was named to Business Insider’s “Most Creative Women in Advertising” list. In 2006, she was named one of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch.” She is also an outspoken critic of discrimination in the workplace.

DeCourcy is based out of W+K’s headquarter office in Portland, Oregon.
Kristin Dolan605
Kristin Dolan
Kristin Dolan is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 605. She founded 605 in November 2016, bringing more than 30 years of media and entertainment experience to her role with the company.

At 605, Kristin leads all day-to-day business operations including key client relationships, product development, sales, research, finance, legal and marketing. She is also Founder and Managing Partner of Dolan Family Ventures (DFV), as well as a member of the Board of Directors for AMC Networks, MSG Networks Inc., The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), The Wendy’s Company and Revlon Inc.

Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation leading all aspects of the company’s cable operations and overseeing thousands of employees, including the company’s entire customer and field service workforce.

She also oversaw Cablevision Media Sales, the company’s advertising sales division, which was widely recognized for its pioneering data strategy that paved the way for an audience-driven approach to television advertising, providing deep insights into viewership in the New York DMA (the nation’s most influential viewing market).

Kristin has also previously served on the Foundation Board for SUNY Albany and the National Board for Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT). She received an M.A. in English literature from Long Island University, an M.S. in publishing with a concentration in marketing from Pace University and a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany.

Matt FreemanBain Capital, LLC
Matt Freeman
Partner, Bain Capital

Matt is a partner at Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private investment firms with approximately $70 billion under management. Matt leads growth initiatives for the firm’s global private equity portfolio and works with companies across industries including consumer products, retail, technology, financial services, media and telecommunications.

Prior to Bain Capital, Matt spent several years at Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). As CEO of IPG Mediabrands Ventures and Co-Chairman of IPG Mediabrands, Matt helped lead IPG’s $36 Billion media division to record growth and recognition as Media Magazine’s Media Holding Company of the Year. Matt also served as global Vice Chairman of McCann Erickson, the world’s largest agency network.

Before joining IPG, Matt spent time in the early-stage world of marketing technology as CEO of the online media company, Betawave, and as a director of the data and analytics firm, eXelate.

Matt was also the Founder & CEO of Omnicom Group’s Tribal DDB Worldwide (NYSE: OMC) and grew Tribal from an idea to the largest and most awarded digital agency in the world with a global network of 46 offices in 28 countries. Under Matt’s leadership, Tribal won every major industry honor for innovation and effectiveness including Agency of the Year from Adweek and the International Advertising Festival at Cannes. In 2008, Tribal became the first digital agency ever to be named Global Network of the Year by Advertising Age. Matt also served on both the Board of Directors as well as the Executive Committee of DDB Group.

Matt is currently the Chairman of Advertising Week and has been a board director for the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As), the Advertising Club of New York and the Marketing Committee of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Matt has also been inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) Hall of Achievement.
Gina GarrubboNPR
Gina Garrubbo
Gina Garrubbo is President and CEO of National Public Media, a subsidiary of NPR that is owned in partnership with PBS and WGBH and is responsible for corporate sponsorship sales. As head of NPM, Garrubbo is committed to ensuring the continued growth of public media via funding from Corporate Sponsors. Garrubbo has spent more than 20 years growing marketing and sales teams, launching brands, and building companies, with extensive experience in traditional and digital media. She was one of the builders of women.com, one of the first websites for women, and BlogHer, which brought independent voices to millions of readers. Garrubbo built advertising sales teams for Oxygen Media, Discovery Communications and in syndicated television. She is the Co-Chair of the IAB Audio Committee and sits on the boards of Tappp, an OTT video service and Glen Highland Farm.

Jason HarrisMekanism
Jason Harris
President & CEO, Mekanism

President and CEO of the award-winning creative agency Mekanism, Jason works closely with brands to create shareable and provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Under his leadership, Mekanism was named an Ad Age “Small Agency of the Year” and has been profiled by The New York Times, Fast Company and “Nightline”. Jason is a Brand 50 member, on the board of directors for Advertising Week and his methods have been covered and studied by Harvard Business School. When not working or hanging with his family, Jason loves to play music or meditate to Joy Division.
Dr. Ken IkpeInsight/MIPAN
Dr. Ken Ikpe
Ken Onyeali Ikpe is the Group Chief Operating Officer of INSIGHT REDEFINI, Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest Marketing Communication & Advertising Group.

He holds a Ph.D in Development Economics from the Academy of Sciences, School of African Studies Moscow Russia, an alumni of Advanced Management Programme (AMP), Lagos Business School, and also trained at the IESE Business School, Barcelona – Spain.

Dr. Ikpe is highly sought after by result driven leaders as he is renowned for visionary business transformation leadership, with over two decades of building successful brands and transforming businesses. He is a fellow of Nigeria Institute of Marketing and the current President of Nigeria’s regulating body for Media Independent Practitioners (MIPAN).

Ken is a thought leader on leadership, branding, marketing communications, public relations, perception engineering and sports business. He is an effective, disciplined, consistent leader, a man of style with a great sense of humour.

Ken leads by deepening what works, he embraces well researched truth & new knowledge, he builds capacity for loyalty amongst his constituents and absolutely committed to the increasing success of his team. Ken is a life management coach, business mentor, teacher and a lover of growth and development. He lectures part time at the School of Media and Communication (SMC) Pan Atlantic University. Ken Onyeali Ikpe is known and respected as a visionary leader, with strong business acumen and loved for his pragmatic view to politics and Governance.

Paul JacksonGrey
Paul Jackson
The GREY Global Group ranks among the largest global communications companies and its parent company is WPP. GREY is the advertising network of the GREY Group, a global advertising and marketing agency with 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities.

A Marketing and Business Economics Honours graduate from the University of Witwatersrand and a director of several successful businesses, Paul is acknowledged as an imaginative innovator & specialist brand architect and marketing communications consultant to some of the world’s foremost brands.

With 25 years’ experience under his belt, Paul’s strategic leadership and creative vision was recognised with the Rising Star Award for his role in shaping the future of South Africa’s Marketing and Advertising industry. Chosen from among 49 young professionals, he was cited for outstanding work ethic, dedication and contribution to South Africa’s economic growth and prosperity.

Paul was a founding partner of Volcano Advertising in 1994, which successively grew into one of South Africa’s leading independent agencies, winning the AdAge International Agency of the year in 2014 - the first African agency to be honoured with this award.

In the same year, GREY acquired a majority stake in Volcano, which was rebranded GREY Advertising Africa. Today GREY Johannesburg is the headquarters of the GREY Africa network with a formidable footprint covering 39 markets on the continent, working closely with the GREY MENA group to provide effective coverage throughout the region.

Paul has been project lead on hundreds of brand campaigns and dozens of brand re-engineering projects. Under his leadership, the agency has won numerous Cannes, Loeries, D&AD and agency of the year awards, helping to uphold the Grey Group’s global creative leadership.

He is also a member of the WPP South African Leadership Council and the UNICEF CEO working committee addressing issues affecting Early Childhood Development. Paul works hard to help develop young talent and is currently incubating 4 different start-up businesses under the GREY Adventures initiative in the fields of Digital Media, Conventional Media, Customer Experience and Trends & Insights.

Outside of working hours, Paul is a passionate pilot and has been awarded Senior Protea Colours for representing South Africa in the Czech republic, Spain and Dubai at the FAI World Air Games.
Nic JonesPureprofile
Nic Jones

Carl JordanKwese
Carl Jordan
Carl Jordan, an advertising technology specialist who has worked for Yahoo UK, Google UK, Thomson Reuters UK, Outbrain South Africa and Kwese Sports.

Jordan has 18 years’ experience selling advertising technology solutions to media and digital agencies, brands and publishers in the US, Europe and Sub Saharan Africa.

Marla Kaplowitz4A's
Marla Kaplowitz
Bringing 30 years of industry experience in marketing and communications, Marla joined the 4A's in May 2017 to help define and shape the future focus for the association. Under her leadership, the 4A’s purpose is to help empower its members to deliver insightful creativity that drives commerce, and influences culture all while moving the industry forward.

As the former CEO of MEC North America, beginning in 2011, Marla drove the agency’s strategic initiatives with a focus on delivering growth for its people, clients and the industry. Marla led MEC to become a major disruptor in the area of talent management with its innovative approaches to attracting, nurturing and retaining the industry’s top talent. MEC NA was cited in Fortune’s "Great Places to Work" feature and was named in Advertising Age’s "Best Places to Work in Advertising and Marketing" in 2015.

Prior to joining MEC, Marla spent 12 years at Mediavest, where she oversaw the Procter & Gamble Communications Planning assignment for North America, and previously managed a multi-client team. Marla began her career at DMB&B before moving to Ammirati Puris Lintas. Marla serves on the Boards of The Ad Council, Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC), Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), and Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG).

Marla is a member of the Women's Forum of New York. She was recognized by Advertising Age as a ‘Woman to Watch’ in 2012 and was honored by The John A. Reisenbach Foundation in 2016, receiving the Distinguished Citizen Award.

Yoshi KasamatsuIgnite Inc.
Yoshi Kasamatsu
Born in 1964.

Joined Hakuhodo in 1992. As Account Executive, supervise the whole communication strategy such as media, production, PR, event etc.

Joined Dentsu in 2001. As a media marketing department Chief Strategist, focused on media planning, integrated communication planning considering synergies between creative, media and promotion. Consulting of client's central media buying.

October 2005 - Appointed President and CEO of Media Shakers Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Dentsu and Recruit. Promoted cross-media business platform centered on R25 free magazine.

After returning to Dentsu Communication Design Center, established "ignite Inc., in July 2010.

Many facilitation and implementation results for "business development" and "problem solving" within the client company.

Many publications of magazines with titles such as "Methods of evolving advertisement", "Case study / Advertising company Dentsu" and "Communication design".

2006 Cannes International Advertising Festival Media Category Promo Lion awarded

February 2013 "For future ad men" published

Executive Director of Advertising Week Asia from 2016, and Executive producer from 2018.

Betsy LackSnap Inc.
Betsy Lack

Bessie LeeWithinlink
Bessie Lee
Bessie Lee is Founder and CEO of Withinlink, a China-based startup incubator and early- stage venture fund focused on marketing technology that supports China’s media communications industry.

With more than 28 years of experience in the media communications industry in Greater China, exclusively across a number of WPP companies, Ms. Lee draws upon an extensive network of thought leaders as well as a team of C-suite media and marketing executives, investment professionals and entrepreneurs, to offer extensive experience in business management and networks to fund and mentor startups and to create winners.

Prior to founding her own company, she was CEO of WPP China beginning in 2013, where she was responsible for 14,000 employees and more than $1 billion in annual revenue.

Ms. Lee also served as the CEO of GroupM China. During her seven-year tenure, GroupM’s media billings in the country tripled, and GroupM was named the number one media holding group in China in terms of billings for five consecutive years from 2007 to 2012, according to RECMA.

Bob LiodiceANA
Bob Liodice
Bob Liodice is chief executive officer of the ANA. He previously served as executive vice president, responsible for member relations and business development with a primary focus on strengthening relationships with ANA member companies and broadening the membership base.  Bob joined the ANA as senior vice president in 1995.

Prior to the ANA, he was vice president of global marketing and sales for Grupo Televisa, a major worldwide broadcaster.  His previous experience includes more than 15 years in marketing and financial management at Kraft General Foods and tenure as category marketing manager for the Jell-O and Bakers brands.

He is a member of the boards of directors of The Advertising Council, Advertising Research Foundation, Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Advertising Educational Foundation, Digital Advertising Alliance, Trustworthy Accountability Group, and World Federation of Advertisers.

Bob holds bachelor degrees in accounting and management and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University.

Stephan LoerkeWFA
Stephan Loerke
Stephan has been the CEO of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) since November 2003.

During his tenure, WFA has tripled its corporate membership and has extended its network to 60 countries, significantly reinforcing the WFA’s presence in the world’s fastest emerging advertising markets.

Prior to joining WFA, Stephan worked for L'Oréal in Paris and Brussels. He studied business economics at the Saint Gall Business School in Switzerland, after which he worked at the United Nations in New York.

Stephan has German and French nationalities. He is married to Sabine and has two sons, Sebastian and Alexandre.

Jules LundTribe
Jules Lund
After 15 years hosting some of the biggest TV and radio shows in Australia, Jules Lund is now on a mission to unlock the world’s creativity through his tech company, TRIBE.

With offices in 5 cities across the globe, TRIBE is a self-serve marketplace connecting 9000+ brands with 40,000 everyday creators to generate premium content at scale, speed and a fraction of the cost.

Known for his showmanship, Jules travels the world helping marketers get the jump on the next multi-billon dollar category.

Chris MacdonaldAdvertising & Allied Agencies McCann
Chris Macdonald
Chris was promoted to Global President, Advertising & Allied Agencies, in 2018. He had been named President of McCann Worldgroup North America in 2017 after serving as President of McCann North America and previous to that, President of McCann New York. During his tenure as President of McCann New York from 2013, the agency was awarded expanded responsibilities on many existing accounts, added significant new business and was honored as a 2016 Ad Age Creativity Innovator Standout. McCann, which was named as Adweek’s U.S. Agency of the Year in 2017, was recognized in the 2018 North American Effie Awards as both the Most Effective Agency Network and Most Effective Individual Agency Office as well as being ranked in top positions in Ad Age’s A-List in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Earlier, as Chief Executive of McCann London for six years, he led that agency to considerable success in new business, major creative awards and being named one of London’s three best agencies by Campaign magazine. McCann London was also a key member of the McCann Worldgroup team that handled the successful and high profile marketing program for the London 2012 Olympics.

A veteran of the London advertising industry for over 20 years, Chris previously held top posts at other high profile London agencies and was an active member of the IPA council.

In addition to driving business results for the agencies he has led, Chris has a track record of developing effective and lauded communications in virtually every marketing category and for many of the world’s most famous brands.

Chris serves as Vice Chairman of The Advertising Educational Foundation, with special responsibility for the development of Talent initiatives.

Neo Mashigo
Neo Mashigo

Mats MatsudaDentsu Americas
Mats Matsuda

Tomoyo Murai
Tomoyo Murai

Julie Menin
Julie Menin

Wayne NaidooDuke
Wayne Naidoo

Monique NelsonUniWorld Group, Inc.
Monique Nelson
Monique L. Nelson is chair and chief executive officer of UniWorld Group, Inc. (UWG), the longest-standing multicultural advertising agency in the world. She took the helm of the agency in May 2012, when founder and advertising pioneer Byron Lewis retired.

Based in New York City, with satellite offices in Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis and Miami, UWG maintains a list of esteemed clients. Today, this list includes Ford Motor Company, Colgate-Palmolive, The Home Depot, the U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Navy. As one of the country’s leading multicultural agencies, UWG services its clients with General Market, Black, Hispanic, Asian and LGBT marketing and advertising, digital and traditional advertising, consumer insight, public relations and consumer healthcare communications.

Since taking the helm of UWG, Ms. Nelson has expanded the agency’s client list and has led her team in the development of several award-winning campaigns that show the wide range of the agency’s expertise, as well as its ability to connect its clients with the growing and diverse cultures of today’s marketplace. With today’s minorities becoming the new majority, Ms. Nelson sees the role of multicultural agencies as even more important than when UWG was founded nearly 50 years ago.

While a one-size-fits-all marketing campaign might be efficient, it may not be effective, according to Ms. Nelson. Thus, her vision for UWG is to continue its history of providing the deep insight, knowledge and cultural nuance that keeps its clients connected to their consumers. In 2016, her agency released a white paper in partnership with The Futures Company: “Both Head and Heart: Why understanding the fluid intersection of emotion and rationality is key to connecting with ethnic consumers on the main drivers that shape multicultural consumer messaging expectations and behavior.”

’Prior to joining UniWorld Group, Ms. Nelson was the Global Lead for Entertainment Marketing at Motorola, where she ensured that the technology giant’s entertainment and music strategies and alliances lived up to their promise as results-driven strategic marketing weapons worldwide.

Today, her leadership extends beyond her C-suite at UWG. Ms. Nelson contributes to many organizations and charities. She sits on the New York Advisory Board for The Posse Foundation, of which she is an alumna. She has volunteered with the Sequoia Women’s Center and Brooklyn Battered Women’s Shelter. She continues to give back to her undergraduate alma mater by supporting the Vanderbilt on Madison Avenue Internship Program. She is also a member of the Brooklyn Chapter of Links, Inc., an international, not-for-profit corporation established in 1946, which is the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organization of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Ms. Nelson has an MBA in international marketing and finance from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University. Earlier this year, she received United Way of New York City's Women's Leadership Council’s Power of Women to Make a Difference Award. Her other distinguished honors include: The Network Journal 25 Influential Black Women Under Forty, Ad Age's 40 Under 40, The Root 100, the 2015 Advertising Working Mothers of the Year and the HerStory Global Corporate Trailblazer and Community Service Award by Jack and Jill of America.

Qondisa NgwenyaConnectLive!
Qondisa Ngwenya

Dele OdugbemiGrey
Dele Odugbemi
My 18 years advertising experience has seen me evolve from a strategist to a multi-market coordination specialist with proven abilities in standardization of output where standards vary across several markets.

Currently the Network Coordinator for Grey Africa, I was previously with Ogilvy Africa, and Dentsu Aegis where I worked on brands like Diageo, MTN, Airtel, Coca Cola, General Motors

I have lived and worked in four markets in Africa over the last ten years, namely Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. In the course of my coordination work I have visited 35 of Africa’s 53 markets.

As a project champion I approach my work with enthusiasm that carries through to the team I manage.
Jonathan PerelmanICM Partners
Jonathan Perelman
Jonathan Perelman leads Digital Ventures at ICM Partners and its Lecture business, Royce Carlton. In his capacity as Head of Digital Ventures, he leads the agency in creating new business models in the technology and digital media sector. Perelman spearheaded the acquisition of Lecture agency Royce Carlton, where he served as co-CEO, and now Chairman. Jonathan is a member of the ICM Partners management team.

Prior to ICM Partners, Perelman served as Vice President of Motion Pictures at BuzzFeed, where he led strategy, operations, business development and partnerships for the award winning digital studio. He helped grow BuzzFeed into one of the top video producers on the Internet, today generating over seven billion monthly content views. In this role leading the business of the studio, Mr. Perelman was responsible for all revenue attributed to syndication and content partnerships with leading global media companies, and well as advertising. Prior to Buzzfeed, Perelman spent six years at Google, working in several different capacities including sales finance, public policy and M&A.

Jonathan has been featured in Billboard’s Digital Power Player's list three years in a row and was twice named to AdWeek’s Top 50 Media & Advertising Executive. He has received a broad array of additional industry accolades including: VideoInk honored him as Dealmaker of the Year, and The Internationalist named him to its Trendsetter list.

\Perelman serves as a board member to media companies including Spot.IM, The 74Million, and Hyperr. He is also on the Board of Directors of The American Advertising Federation (AAF), and the Global Board of Advertising Week. Jonathan is a Sr. Fellow at the USC Annenberg School’s Center for the Digital Future and is a member of the World Economic Forum's, Global Future Council on the future of information and entertainment. Perelman is a member of the advisory board of Blueprints, a global think tank with the technology to collaborate at scale to solve global challenge, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Perelman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Hideo RaiDentsu Aegis Japan
Hideo Rai
Hideo Rai is President & CEO of Dentsu Aegis Japan. He was Chief Operating Officer for Dentsu media & Digital Brands, a media agency network now operating in 30 countries and region before he took the current role in January 2017. He now is responsible and is in charge of managing the Dentsu Aegis Brands (Carat, Vizeum, isobar, iProspect, gyro) operating under Dentsu Aegis Japan.

He has 30+ years experience in the ad industry since he joined Dentsu Inc. in 1987. He began his career in the Media Service and through his career at Dentsu, he have experienced various role and responsibility ranging from Business Development to Corporate Strategy. He also had an opportunity to work at Dentsu’s US operation in New York twice (2000 - 2002, 2010 - 2013) and was part of the team when Dentsu acquired Aegis Group plc in 2013.

He also serves as the Chair of Advisory Council for Advertising Week Asia, an advertising and marketing thought leadership conference held in Tokyo since 2016, an Asian version of Advertising Week that began in New York in 2003.

Kathleen SaxtonThe Lighthouse Company
Kathleen Saxton
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Lighthouse Company

I spent the first nine years of my career in media sales roles at Sky Television, Capital Radio, Emap Advertising and Carlton Screen, selling ideas and airtime to the major London agencies and blue chip clients. In 2000, I joined the much celebrated planning agency PHD, as Business Development Director, working with the legendary founding partners, spending four wonderful years helping to develop the business and learning the new rules of operational management. In 2004, I joined Saatchi and Saatchi as their board Marketing Director, completing my full 360 degree journey in the industry, as part of the dynamic but tough change management team developing and broadening Saatchi’s offerings to clients to reflect the needs of today.

Towards the end of 2005 I joined Fru Hazlitt at Virgin Radio as Director of Strategy and Planning where I led the valuation of the national licences, directed future business and platform strategy and managed the research, legal and planning teams. It was at this point my unswerving impatience finally got the better of me and I realised it was time to run my own business.

After a long-term flirtation with the idea of professional headhunting, I became a founding partner and shareholder at Grace Blue, bringing my lateral and diverse experience to the team. Grace Blue quickly became a profitable and successful headhunting firm and I felt I had found my home both as a headhunter and a striving entrepreneur.

In late 2009, it was clear the world was changing at a pace we had never experienced before. Clients were frustrated by historical headhunting practices and ambitious talent was looking for a more personal and intimate service. With the combination of the digital explosion, economic meltdown and changing talent demands a whole new approach to finding leaders was required.

I set up The Lighthouse Company with a vision to create the modern headhunting firm that clients have been asking for. Our aim is to pioneer consistently in the area of true senior talent representation – offering a highly personal, bespoke “agent representation” model to the true leaders of today and delivering exceptional and insightful headhunting, built on trust, candour, authenticity and lateral thought to our clients.

We are now blessed to represent some of the most talented individuals globally and ensure they connect to and flourish within visionary, brave and ambitious clients. We work with all the six major advertising networks, hyper growth businesses such as Vevo, Linked In, Facebook and EA and Media, Creative, PR, Research, Management Consultancy, Film, Hospitality, Gaming, Mobile, Data, Apps, and Content businesses. We are equally as potent working with established or start-up businesses – all at C suite level.

I passionately believe that a career should be an on-going journey of inspirational, surprising and courageous episodes. For my part, our entire focus is to ensure The Lighthouse is and will become for many, the place to come to realise and advance their professional future.

In 2013 after five years of attending and speaking at the inspiring Advertising Week event in New York, I decided the time was right for something similar in Europe. Together with Matt Scheckner and Stillwell Partners we launched Advertising Week Europe – a week of thought leadership and celebration held at a range of iconic and inspirational venues across London. The event has been an explosive success, uniting the entire advertising industry and attracting 14,000 delegates in year one and 23,000 in year two.

I am a psychotherapy graduate from Regents University and continue my clinical studies at CCPE. I am also an accredited psychometric evaluator with StrengthScope. I hold a non exec directorship with Bigballs Films, am a regular contributor in the Government Speakers for schools programme encouraging school leavers to realise their true potential and I am also the president of the Centre for separated families. I am also a frequent and a passionate speaker on the matter of leadership within the digital age.

I now live in Hampstead, with my two children Ned and Nancy (both soon to be leaving school) and play the flute and piano given any opportunity and my greatest hobby is live music.
Rich SheaShea Communications
Rich Shea
Richard Shea has an extensive background in media relations, event production and consumer activations. For 20 years, he has developed and implemented integrated communications programs that incorporate public relations, live events, broadcast television and social media. Richard has conceived and developed powerful marketing campaigns for national clients, including Netflix and Bing, and he routinely acts as a spokesperson for his clients in major broadcast, print and digital outlets. He is also recognized for his expertise in crisis communications.

Phil SmithISBA
Phil Smith
Phil is Director General of ISBA, the voice of British advertisers. His broad marketing and general management career spans packaged goods, grocery retail, consultancy and marketing technology start-ups. He is also the Chair of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.

He spent 10 years at Kraft, latterly as Vice President, Strategy for Western Europe. He was Marketing & Trading Director for Kwiksave before joining the board of Somerfield as Group Marketing Director. He joined Camelot, the National Lottery operator in 2002, becoming Commercial and Operations Director before being appointed Managing Director of Musgrave GB in 2007.

He was Commercial Director for the 1,000 boat Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012.

Phil has also worked on a number of early stage and start-up digital businesses, most recently with Ecrebo, the Point of Sale marketing specialist.

He has a degree in Classics from Jesus College, Oxford and is married with five children.
Steven Wolfe PereiraQuantcast
Steven Wolfe Pereira
Mr. Wolfe Pereira is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Quantcast Corporation, the world’s largest AI-driven audience behavior platform. As the real-time pulse of the Internet, Quantcast’s Q platform directly quantifies over 100 million mobile and web destinations and offers brand marketers and publishers audience insights, targeting and measurement solutions.

Named by Adweek as one of the "50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech" as well as one of the top Chief Marketing Technology Officers, he has more than two decades of experience at the intersection of technology, entertainment, advertising, media and marketing.

A passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion as well as STEM education, he serves as a board director of the Ad Council, IAB, and the Kapor Center for Social Impact’s Level Playing Field Institute. A Dominican-American, Mr. Wolfe Pereira lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife and two children.

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