Grand Jury

Grand Jury President
Andreas DAHLQVIST
President, McCann Creative Leadership Council & Chief Creative Officer, Commonwealth,
McCann Worldgroup, New York

"Cresta is short for creative standards and that is what we are looking to set. We will be looking for the stuff that leads the way and sets a shining example. We will be searching for the ideas that you wished you would have done yourself. A sting of envy is a good compass when you’re judging; it proves that it’s high quality work that sets the bar for the rest of us."

— Andreas DAHLQVIST

BIO

Andreas Dahlqvist is president of the McCann Creative Leadership Council, the global creative group that inspires and promotes creative excellence across the McCann network, and chief creative officer at Commonwealth, the global, dedicated business unit serving General Motors. He works across McCann's global creative business...



Tobias Lykke AGGERGAARD
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\, Copenhagen

Tobias’ first encounter with advertising was while writing his thesis at the University of Copenhagen, quoting Plato and Aristotle to argue that the more adverts there are, the better the world would be. He got a C. Since then, Tobias has been a copywriter, an agency owner, a creative director...


Olivier ALTMANN
Founder & Creative Director, Altmann+Pacreau, Paris

Olivier fell in love with advertising at school when his teacher asked him to comment on an ad for a Teflon-coated frying pan. He wrote 17 pages instead of one. Curiously, more than 30 years later, he worked for the French Teflon utensil maker Tefal, but, as Worldwide Chief Creative of Publicis...


Gideon AMICHAY
Founder & Chief Creative Officer, No, No, No, No, No, Yes, New York

Gideon is the founder & Chief Creative Officer at No, No, No, No, No, Yes, a creative boutique based in New York. He is also a TEDx speaker and an instructor for innovation at School of Visual Arts, New York. He graduated from Bezalel Art Academy, Jerusalem, with a B.A (HONORS)...


Olivier APERS
Creative Director, BETC, Paris

Olivier Apers has been at BETC since November 2005. He works on high profile clients such as National Lottery, 13th Street, Boursorama Online Bank, Sixt car rental and Olivier is in charge of the CANAL+ account. Before that, Oliver worked for the Volkswagen account at DDB Group in Paris...


Sicco BEERDA
Creative Director/Partner, KINGSDAY, Amsterdam

In July of 2011 Sicco started a new agency, KINGSDAY with 3 of his partners from Euro RSCG 4D. At Euro RSCG, he was the intern that never left the company and eventually became the Executive Creative Director at Euro RSCG 4D. In that role he was responsible for the creative profile and output of both...


Adrian BOTAN
Executive Creative Director, McCann, Bucharest

Adrian is Regional Creative Director for Central East Europe at McCann since 2006, Deputy Managing Director and Executive Creative Director of McCann Bucharest, founding member and President of Romanian Art Directors Club, Vice-president of Romanian...


Greg BRAUN
Executive Creative Director, INNOCEAN, Huntington Beach

Greg provides vision, leadership and guidance for all national brand, digital and retail work produced for the agency’s clients. Prior to joining INNOCEAN, Greg was the President, Executive Creative Director and Co-founder of PULSE, a Team Detroit company driven by an entrepreneurial culture...


Davor BRUKETA
Creative Director, Bruketa & Žinic OM, Zagreb

Davor works as a Creative Director at Bruketa&Zinic OM, an advertising agency in Zagreb which he co-founded with Nikola Zinic. The agency is one of the most awarded in SE Europe with over 300 international awards such as Cresta, Epica, New York Festivals, London International...


Petr BUCHA
Creative Director, TBWA, Prague

Petr started his journey in the advertising business in 1994 as a Copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather. During his time at the agency, he rose to the position Senior Copywriter and then to Creative Director. In 2002, he joined Bates/Red Cell as its Creative Director. In 2005 he moved to Fabrika...


Valerie CARLSON
Executive Creative Director, SapientNitro, Los Angeles

As Executive Creative Director at SapientNitro, Valerie oversees teams across the disciplines of experience, design and content, including work in the areas of brand, creative strategy, visual-system design, online advertising and marketing programs, social marketing, gaming...


Ivan CHIMBUROV
Creative Director, Moscow

Ivan was born in Moscow in 1961. He graduated from the Moscow Management University with a degree in economics and started his career in advertising in 1990 as a copywriter. He is a member of Russian Academy of Advertising. He has won numerous international creative awards...


Roberto COIMBRA
President & Exec. Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather Andina, Caracas

*Born in Sao Paulo, Brasil, Publicist, Journalist and Lawyer. * WPP Group Manager for the Andean Region. *President and Executive Creative Director for Ogilvy & Mather Andina and partner of Ogilvy Group in 141 Venezuela. *Honorary Consul of the Federative Republic of Brasil for Nueva...


Steve COLL
Executive Creative Director, Droga5, Sydney

Droga5 Sydney Executive Creative Director Steve Coll is one of Australia's most awarded creative directors. Prior to joining Droga5 he oversaw the revitalization of Havas Worldwide Australia, helping the agency win a coveted pencil at D&AD, 12 Cannes Lions, Gold at Clio and was named Havas Worldwide...


Nicolas COURANT
Integrated Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore

Having graduated in French Literature and Philosophy, Nicolas Courant began his career as a copywriter at Lowe Paris where he created campaigns for Air France, France Telecom, Nestlé, La Société Générale and Unilever. In 2002, he was ranked amongst the best French copywriters...


Marco CREMONA
Creative Lead Russia, Google, Moscow

Marco has worked in the advertising business for 20 years. He has literally worked all over the world for big network agencies. He started off at McCann Milan, then moved to Leo Burnett and Lowe. In 2000, he moved to Brazil, where he worked at Lowe for 3 years in the São Paulo office...


Adriana CURY
Executive Creative Director, AIDIA, São Paulo

Adriana started as a copywriter working in some of the major agencies of Brasil: MPM, Leo Burnett, Almap/BBDO, Lowe, Colucci, Ogilvy and McCann. She was national creative VP of Ogilvy improving the agency's position in the national and international scenery. She was a part of the...


Cedric DEVITT
Chief Creative Officer, MRY, New York

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Cedric studied History at Trinity College. Unable to find work as an apprentice historian, he decided to head to New York. His first advertising job was a short stint at Berlin Cameron Doyle followed by a longer one at Grey Advertising. In 1999, Cedric decided the future...


Till DIESTEL
Innovation Director, Serviceplan Gruppe, Hamburg

Till Diestel joined Serviceplan in 2006, helping to start up the Hamburg office, being responsible for many clients including the international BMW account. He studied at the Miami Ad School Europe, where today he is teaching the integrated concepting class every Friday. In addition he is a tutor...


Esben EHRENREICH
Executive Creative Director, Y&R, Frankfurt

Esben Ehrenreich is a Danish creative at Y&R Germany's headquarters in Frankfurt. He was named Executive Creative Director at Y&R in 2012. Before that he was Creative Director at the Y&R Berlin office. He studied Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden...


Mehdi EL ALJ
Executive Creative Director, Quatre Vents, Paris

Mehdi El Alj is the Executive Creative Director at Quatre Vents, Paris Prior to moving back to Paris, he founded the agency Famous in Casablanca, Morocco. Famous created products, services and spaces, and marketed them through advertising, experiential marketing, branded content and interactive...


Gerry FARRELL
Founder & Creative Director, Gerry Farrell Ink, Edinburgh

After 27 years at The Leith Agency, in 2014 Gerry decided to fly solo and start his own agency - 'Gerry Farrell Ink'! While at Leith, he helped to win the Tennents Lager account and established the multi-award-winning `Red T` campaign which ran for 13 years. He went on to be creative director and helped win...


Xavier GARCIA
Creative Managing Director, IGRIEGA Comm. Group, Barcelona

Xavi has been a Creative Director at MMLB and Bassat Ogilvy & Mather. And the Executive Creative Director at Casadevall, Pedreño and Publicis BCN. During his career he has won many Cannes Golden Lions, Clios, NY Festival trophy's, FIAP, Eurobest and Andy Awards. Xavi is a member of the...


Jeremy GARNER
Former Creative Director Weapon7, London

Jeremy Garner oversaw the creative output of Omnicom-owned agency Weapon7 from 2008 to 2014. During this time, the agency won awards at Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Clio, London International, Eurobest and Epica for noteworthy ideas such as a tandem skateboard (smart ‘Skate ForTwo’)...


Mike GEIGER
President/Chief Integration Officer, JWT, New York

For more than 14 years Mike Geiger has led multidisciplinary teams in strategy, branding, production and development of cutting-edge new media and advertising content for clients including HP, Adobe, Comcast, Sprint, Got Milk?, Gucci and the NBA. In 2003 Mike started the Interactive...


Pancho GONZÁLEZ
Co-Founder & Executive Creative Director, Inbrax Chile, Santiago

Pancho González studied advertising at the “Universidad de Santiago” with additional Business Administration studies in same University. He has worked in the best Chilean agencies (Ogilvy&Mather, IDB/FCB, Lintas, adn/Y&R, Wunderman, BBDO, RNL) and currently is Co-Founder...


Matt GRIFFIN
Founder & CEO, Deepend, Sydney

Matt Griffin is the founder and Chief Executive of Deepend in Australia, the highly awarded, digital brand communications agency with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. With over 15 years experience in the design and interactive media, Matt was an active participant in the formative years...


Jonbi GUDMUNDSSON
International Producer, Palma Pictures, Mallorca

Jonbi was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. He started his career in 1995 as a Free lance Producer for various TVC’s projects. In 1999 he became Executive Producer at Sagafilms and worked there in various positions (Marketing Manager; Head of TV Prod.) until 2008. In 2009 he headed off...


Ami HASAN
Founder, Chief Creative Officer & Chairman, hasan & partners, Helsinki

Ami Hasan is the founder, chief creative officer and chairman of advertising agency hasan & partners, founded in 1991 and one of the most creative and successful agencies in the Nordic countries. In this age of globalization and the internet, hasan & partners works more and more with...


Guido HEFFELS
Creative Director & Co-Founder, HEIMAT, Berlin

Guido Heffels is Creative Director and one of the co-founders of HEIMAT, Berlin. In the second year of its existence, the advertising agency established at the end of 1999 was named Newcomer Agency of the Year. HEIMAT, Berlin, took fifth place in the national and twenty-first in the worldwide...


Simon HIGBY
Creative Director, DDB, Stockholm

Simon Higby works for DDB Stockholm where he has won numerous awards including the DDB networks first ever Titanium lion, a Cannes Cyber Grand Prix, two Eurobest Grand Prix’s, 15 Cannes lions, 2 Gold and 5 silver eggs at Guldägget (Swedish awards) and the Bill Bernbach award...


Markus HÜBNER
CEO, Brandflow, Innsbruck

Markus Hübner is CEO of Brandflow, an integrated branding and marketing agency. He guides brands into the new communications age. With over 15 years of experience in the Internet and interactive media environment he is one of the pioneers of interactive marketing and branding....


Peter JAWOROWSKI
Exec. Creative Director & Partner, Ars Thanea, Warsaw

Born and raised in Bialystok, Poland. Currently partner of Warsaw–based Creative Production Studio, Ars Thanea, where he is also Executive Creative Director. For the years of experience in Digital and Production field Peter’s work for Fortune 500 companies including Nike, Hyundai...


Bridget JUNG
Creative Director, Sydney

Up until the summer of 2014, Bridget was Chief Creative Officer at DigitasLBi Paris overseeing work across all clients including Nissan, La Poste, Evian, Hennessy, Michelin, Wonderbra, and Hermès. As Regional Creative Director for DigitasLBi Europe West, she drove creative in France, Belgium...


Peter KAČENKA
Executive Creative Director, Wiktor Leo Burnett, Bratislava

Peter started his career in 1991 as a student Graphic Designer in the design studio with the longest name in Slovakia, “Wiktor has asked us to be his friends, Ltd.” In 1992, Wiktor became a part of the Leo Burnett Agencies Network. After finishing his degree at the Slovak Technical University...


Dave KING
Chief Creative Officer, Whybin\TBWA, Auckland

Dave has just been named Chief Creative Officer at Whybin\TBWA New Zealand. Prior to this new position, Dave was the ECD and Partner at M&C Saatchi New Zealand. For Dave, this was a return to the fold, having worked for M&C Saatchi in Sydney for seven years, up until 2007. Prior to this, Dave...


Carl LE BLOND
Creative Director, London

Carl started in advertising as a junior creative at Ogilvy and Mather London. He quickly moved up to Creative Director. After ten years he moved on to Bates (C.D.), D'Arcy (C.D.) and McCann's (Exec. C.D.), winning a host of awards along the way including Cannes Gold, New York Festivals...


Gigi LEE
Executive Creative Director, Y&R Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

In her early days as junior designer, Gigi did flyers, brochures, invitations, product launches - the usual BTLs. She moved on to art direction, and applied her craft to local and regional accounts, winning and handling brands like Tiger Beer, Guinness, Carlsberg, Kraft, Toyota, Lexus, Colgate...


Jean-Paul LEFEBVRE
Founder & Creative Director, abracadabra, Nil St Vincent

Jean-Paul stated his career in the advertising industry 25 years ago. He has worked for several networks and local agencies. He was creative director at Leo Burnett Brussels from 2005 through 2010 where he won numerous international awards, including Cannes Lions, Pencils and Clios...


Kitty LUN
Chairman/CEO, LOWE China, Shanghai

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Kitty majored in Communication at the Baptist University and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Advertising from Syracuse University, New York. Kitty started at Leo Burnett Hong Kong as copywriter and moved up to Creative Directorship before moving...


Fabian MANNHEIMER
Founder & CEO, It's Showtime, Stockholm

As most young men, Fabian Mannheimer set out to improve the world. And as an initial means to this modest goal, he choose Hong Kong, drafted for the launching of MTV Asia in 1991. Young associate producer Fabian siezed the opportunity to launch shows like Headbangers Ball...


Phil MARCO
Creative Director, Phil Marco Productions, New York

Phil Marco has created many memorable images in print, television, and cinema for clients throughout the world. His signature is graphic simplicity. He studied fine art at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, and is the recipient of virtually every major award of excellence in print and...


Martín MERCADO
Executive Creative Director, Y&R, Buenos Aires

Martín initiated his career at the agency specialized in institutional advertising Dell’Oro Trigo. In 1998, he left to work at Savaglio TBWA where prior to leaving, he was in charge of the General Creative Direction. In January 2002, he was called to lead the creative change of McCann-Erickson Argentina...


Franz MERLICEK
Creative Director, Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann, Vienna

In 1969, following his diploma at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, he founded the advertising agency Demner & Merlicek together with Mariusz Jan Demner. Franz Merlicek is a founding member of the CCA (Creativ Club Austria), and honorary member of the ADC New York and was on the...


Olaf MEULEMAN
Senior Creative, Duval Guillaume, Antwerp

Olaf Meuleman started his career in advertising, but quickly switched to television. As a television creative he created game shows, wrote for humorous quizzes and historic studio shows. After a few years of learning the rules of entertainment, he switched back to advertising in 2007...


Normand MIRON
Digital Strategy & Creative Planner, Miron & Cies, Montreal

Established as a heavy-hitting interactive creative in Canada and a fierce defender of brillant interactive advertising worldwide (he's been on many international juries such as London International Awards, New York Festival, Mobius, Applied Arts, Digital Marketing Awards, and of course Cresta!)...


Darren MORAN
Chief Creative Officer, Havas Worldwide, New York

Darren Moran is the Chief Creative Officer of Havas Worldwide New York and Co-Chief Creative Officer of Havas Worldwide North America. A 23-year veteran writer and Creative Director, Moran has created some of the most innovative brand experiences in TV, digital and print, in nearly every client category...


Judite MOTA
Executive Creative Director, Y&R, Lisbon

Born in Santarém a small town near Lisbon Judite has a degree in Journalism by Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. She started as a copywriter at DDB but could as easily have been a journalist had a placement at a newspaper appear before that opportunity at DDB. Maybe it was meant to be...


Bechara MOUZANNAR
Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett MENA, Beirut

In January 2011, Bechara Mouzannar was named CCO of Leo Burnett for the Middle East and North Africa. When he was the Regional Executive Creative Director of Leo Burnett, in charge of the Levant, Egypt and P&G, Leo Burnett Beirut was able to rank 39th agency worldwide in the 2009 Big Won Report...


Yukio NAKAYAMA
Executive Creative Director, Dentsu/Global Solutions Ctr, Tokyo

Yukio Nakayama graduated from Kyoto University with a major in biophysics. Given his academic background, everybody asked why he decided to work in advertising. To this day, no one really knows. After 7 years at Dentsu, he received his first Grand Prix at an award show. Since then, he has won 12 Grand Prix...


Erik NORIN
Interactive Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy, New York

Erik is the Interactive Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy, New York. Prior to joining Wieden, he was a Creative Director at R/GA New York - named ‘The Digital Agency of the Decade’ where he worked with clients such as MasterCard, McCormick, Microsoft and Impulse. Before joining R/GA Erik...


Masako OKAMURA
Executive Creative Director, Dentsu, Vietnam

"Advertising can do things that politics or other systems can't." More than ten years ago, these were the words of a reckless girl, Masako Okamura. Masako is the first Female Creative Director at Dentsu and the pioneer among women. Once a week, Masako lectures at a university...


Matias PALM-JENSEN
Executive Creative Director, Stockholm

Matias Palm-Jensen, creative heavyweight and founder of Swedish digital agency Farfar is back in Sweden after a three-year stint at McCann London where he was responsible for strengthening McCann Worldgroup’s digital presence and capabilities across Europe and ensuring that digital...


Piyush PANDEY
Exec. Chairman & Creative Director/South Asia, Ogilvy, Mumbai

'Piyush Pandey doesn’t have a job'... He has been named the most influential man in Indian advertising seven years in a row by The Economic Times, India’s premier business paper. Under his leadership, O&M India has won twenty five Lions. In 2004, Piyush became the first Asian...


Kum-Jun PARK
Founder, President & Creative Director, 601bisang, Seoul

Park Kum-jun, born in Korea in 1962. He founded 601bisang in 1998 and is the President and Creative Director. He was an Art Director at Cheil Communications and is a former adjunct Professor of Visual Communication Design at Hong-ik University, Seoul. His awards include...


Ted PERSSON
Chief Creative Officer, Great Works, Stockholm

Ted Persson is a Stockholm based creative director and interactive strategist. Persson is a co-founder of leading interactive agency Great Works, where he currently holds the position as Chief Creative Officer, overseeing work from the agency's offices in Stockholm, New York...


Asawin PHANICHWATANA
Executive Creative Director, J-Connect/JWT, Bangkok

Graduated with Second Honor from Silpakorn University, the country’s best art school, Asawin started his advertising journey in some of the world’s leading agencies in Thailand. After garnering a handful of local and international awards, he was recruited by some of the top agencies in Hong Kong...


Milka POGLIANI
Executive Creative Director, Milan

Milka started her career by joining a group of directors with RAI (Italian State Television) as a screen-writer. After a few years she accepted a job offer as a copywriter in advertising. She reaped her experience by working for international networks, such as JWT and Benton & Bowles...


Jose María PUJOL
Co-Founder/Creative Strategy Dir., The Box Innovation, Barcelona

Jose María has worked in the most creative Spanish agencies for more than 20 years. He is one of the five most awarded Spanish creatives in the world and highly valued by the clients (top 10 list). Among his achievements, are to nominations for "Agency of the Year" and many creative awards...


Brad RIDDOCH
Owner & Operator, riddochcommunications, Toronto

Brad is a multi-national agency refugee having spent most of his career at the Canadian versions of JWT, McCann and Ammirati, first as a copywriter later as a creative director. His last big agency job was at Cossette then Canada's largest advertising agency. He has won awards...


Neil ROBINSON
Founding Partner & Creative Director, Zeus Jones, San Francisco

Neil is a founding partner and creative director at Zeus Jones San Francisco, where he’s focused on designing the connective moments between products, services and humans. Prior to joining Zeus Jones, Neil was employee #10 at AKQA, where he spent 17 years in both their London...


Eric SCHOEFFLER
Chief Creative Officer, DDB Tribal, Düsseldorf 

Eric started his career at the Cologne-based advertising agency Westag in 1994, after having successfully finished his studies of Graphic Design. He started in layout, became Art Director and finally Group Head. Five years later he joined DDB Düsseldorf, looking after clients such as Henkel...


Scott SOROKIN
Chief Strategy Officer, Rosetta, New York

Scott Sorokin, a digital communications expert who has worked with a wide range of global marketers, joined Rosetta in 2013 as Chief Strategy Officer, a position designed to leverage his industry-recognized talents and deep experience as a visionary and thought leader. In this role, he works across...


Martin SPILLMANN
Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett Europe, Zürich

Martin started his career in advertising at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) where he received his degree as graphic designer. After that he went on to work for various creative advertising agencies as Art Director/Creative Director in Switzerland and New York...


Péter TORDAI
Chief Creative Officer, DDB, Budapest

Péter is 43 years old and a happy father of a 5 years old little angel. He started off his career in 1991 at McCann Erickson where he was a Creative Group Head. In 1995 he joined Lintas as a Joint Creative Director/Chief Creative Officer and Regional Creative Head on Unilver Brands...


Koshi UCHIYAMA
Creative Director, GT INC., Tokyo

During his years at Dentsu, Koshi was widely recognized for his outstanding achievements in the cutting edge media business in the fields of business development and research. In 1995, he led the launch of Japan's first large scale corporate website, "toyota.co.jp"...


Andreas ULLENIUS
Executive Creative Director, Åkestam.Holst, Stockholm

Andreas Ullenius stumbled trough the door of the independent creative agency Åkestam Holst in Stockholm about ten years ago when it still was a small and rather new agency. He started out as an art director assistant pretty much because he needed the money but a decade later he is still there...


Seyoan VELA
Executive Creative Director, JWT, Dubai

A bio is not really the best place to show humility, so apologies if the following sounds boastful. This is my Back Story. I was born in London and feel my accomplishments to date have been based more on my talent and hard work than on my good looks. I have a degree in Economics...


Oliver VIETS
Managing Director, Elephant Seven, Hamburg

Oliver started off his career doing Graphic/Editorial Design for “Snowboarder" and “Surfers“ Magazine. In 1998 he joined Elephant Seven as an Art Director and grew amongst the ranks to become Executive Creative Director to Managing Director, position he currently holds...


Michael VOLKMER
Owner & CEO, Scholz & Volkmer, Wiesbaden

Michael Volkmer was born in Augsburg, Germany, in 1965. Following his training as a photographer and subsequent work as a camera assistant, he studied Communication Design at Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences. He received his first national accolade for his final year project "Hotel Panico"...


Seth WERNER
big shot, big, Matthews, N.C

Probably best known for creating the California Raisin “Dancing Raisins” campaign, and “Alex the Dog” for Stroh’s Beer, Seth Werner has been an Adweek All Star on three coasts: East, West, and Southwest.  In July of 2011, Seth started a new agency, big (big idea group) where he holds the title of big shot...


Tore WOLL
Chief Creative Officer/Partner, LLOWBANK, Oslo

New adventures have come into existence for Tore in 2012. He started his own agency, LLOWBANK! Previously he was the Executive Creative Director of McCann Oslo and is one of Norway’s most awarded creatives having won numerous national awards and winning regularly...


Stefan WÜBBE
Executive Creative Director, Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg

Stefan worked as a landscape planner for ten years before changing his career direction. In 2000 he qualified for the Texterschmiede Hamburg, a renowned school for copywriters. In 2001, Stefan joined Kolle Rebbe, one of the most creative agencies in Germany. In 2003, he won a Gold Film Lion...


The 2014 Cresta Grand Jury is comprised of 73members from 40 countries. The shortlist, prepared by pre-selection juries around the world, is sent to each member who judge the entries in their own time. There are no discussions, no politics and this results an emphasis being put solely on creativity.