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Josy Paul among star-studded Spikes Asia 2014 speaker line-up

The festival will be a four-day event this year, and the first 19 speakers have been announced

Josy Paul among star-studded Spikes Asia 2014 speaker line-up

The festival will be a four-day event this year, and the first 19 speakers have been announced

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | July 16, 2014

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The Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity has announced the first 19 speakers who will deliver an outstanding programme of content at the 2014 Festival. This year, the festival grows from a three-day to a four-day event allowing for the biggest line-up of seminars and forums to date.

Some of the un-missable talent taking to the stage will include:

Josy Paul, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, BBDO India: Josy is ranked among the most influential people in Indian advertising according to a survey conducted by The Economic Times. Josy’s belief that India needs ‘more acts, not ads’ is earning BBDO India a reputation for creating large successful social movements for brands. He has won 10 Cannes Lions in under five years, including Asia’s first Creative Effectiveness Lion.

Stefan Sagmeister, Creative Director, Sagmesiter & Walsh: Stefan formed the New York-based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum. He has won two Grammies and practically every important international design award.

DDB Presents: Casey Neistat, Writer, Director, Editor and Filmmaker: Casey has produced dozens of online short films which have been viewed over 70,000,000 times in the last three years. Star of the series The Neistat Brothers on HBO, he has also won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards for producing the film, Daddy Long Legs.

Bob Greenberg, Founder, Chairman, CEO, R/GA: Bob has been a pioneer in the advertising and communications industry for nearly four decades. R/GA is one of the world’s most influential agencies and it is Bob that leads its vision working for renowned brands that include Nike, Beats by Dr. Dre, Unilever, Samsung and Coca-Cola.

Valerie Cheng, Chief Creative Officer, JWT Singapore: Valerie is one of Asia’s best-known integrated communications brand experts. She has been recognised as the Digital Creative Director of the Year by the IAS two years in a row – 2011 and 2012, and has been voted as one of Singapore’s Most Influential CDs.

Polly Chu, Chief Creative Officer, JWT Beijing: Polly is one of the most awarded creatives in China with over 300 awards to her name. Polly was recognised as China’s Adman of the Year in 2006 and is proud to have been a consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympics Organising Committee. She has helped nurture a generation of Chinese creatives in over ten years’ time in China.

Other key speakers confirmed for Spikes Asia include: Kristian Barnes, CEO, Vizeum APAC; Julian Boulding, President, thenetworkone; Rei Inamoto, Chief Creative Officer, VP, AKQA; Amir Kassaei, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Worldwide; Marc Landsberg, Founder, CEO, socialdeviant; Jean Lin, Global CEO, Isobar; Yoshitaka Matsuura, Strategic Planning Director, Hakuhodo; Ted Royer, Chief Creative Officer, Droga5; Will Sansom, Director, Content & Strategy, Contagious Insider; Mike Schalit, Chief Creative Officer, Net#workBBDO; Atifa Silk, Brand Director, Campaign Asia; Rogier Vijverberg, Executive Creative Director, Founder, SuperHeroes; Nir Wegrzyn, CEO, BrandOpus, London.

Commenting on the line-up, Terry Savage, Chairman of Lions Festivals, said, “With Spikes Asia growing into a four-day event this year, it’s imperative that the content is consistently strong, diverse and inspirational throughout the programme. These first speakers have already set the bar and we’re proud to be able to list them as part of the event and bring them in front of the region.”

Spikes Asia takes place from September 23-26, 2014, at Suntec in Singapore. Entries are still being accepted and anybody wishing to be a part of the Festival can register online, with an early bird discount until July 17, at

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