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D&AD reveals jury members from India and Asia

Alongside two foremen – R Balki and Prasoon Joshi – other jury members from India are Agnello Dias, Anil Nair, Mohor Ray and Shanoo Bhatia

D&AD reveals jury members from India and Asia

Alongside two foremen – R Balki and Prasoon Joshi – other jury members from India are Agnello Dias, Anil Nair, Mohor Ray and Shanoo Bhatia

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | January 14, 2016

Agnello Dias & Anil Nair Agnello Dias & Anil Nair

What makes D&AD stand out from the crowd? With over half a century of awarding the finest work in design and advertising, the D&AD Pencil is one of the most coveted accolades a creative can receive. This hasn’t been done through secret handshakes and back room meetings, the judging of the awards is open, frank and honest. The work, judged by a jury of peers makes D&AD an award for creatives, driven by creatives.

Every year, thanks to D&AD, hundreds of the world’s top creative professionals converge on London to debate and award the year’s best work, and April 2016 will be no different. What has changed is the experience. After a successful move to The Old Truman Brewery in 2015, this year “Judging Week” becomes the D&AD Festival and will bring the worlds of advertising and design together over eight days to celebrate the best in global creativity.

Tim Lindsay, D&AD CEO commented “We didn’t want to call it a “festival” without delivering exactly what people would expect, an event that buzzes with creative energy. This isn’t just a chance to meet the makers of some of your favourite creative work, it’s a forum to listen to what they have to say about our industry and be inspired. None of this would be possible without the participation of our dedicated jurors, they are the ones who bring the D&AD awards to life.”

Released in 2015, here is a reminder of some of the big names that will be leading the juries for the 2016 Professional Awards. In keeping with tradition, the D&AD Awards will be judged by some of the international creative communities’ highest profile members. They include:

  • Luiz Sanches, Partner, Creative, AlmapBBDO, Brazil
  • Gaston Bigio, Founder, David, Argentina
  • Wain Choi, Vice President, Executive Global Creative, Chiel WW, South Korea
  • Mark Tutssel, Global Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Chicago, USA
  • Nick Law, Chief Creative Officer, RGA, USA
  • Khai Meng Tham, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy & Mather, USA
  • Spencer Wong, Chief Creative Officer, McCann & Spencer Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Vince Frost, Executive Creative Director, CEO, Frost Collective, Australia
  • Balakrishnan 'Balki' Rajagopalan, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer, Lowe Lintas, India
  • Prasoon Joshi, Chairman, McCann Erickson India

Alongside two foremen from India, agencies and creatives are well represented amongst the D&AD juries, with an impressive line up of talent for 2016:

  • Agnello Dias, Chief Creative Officer, Founder, Taproot India, India
  • Anil Nair, CEO, Managing Partner, L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, India
  • Mohor Ray, Co-Founder, Designer, Codesign, India
  • Shanoo Bhatia, Founder Director, Eumo, India

Asia, China and South East Asia continue to make a global impression with creatives hailing from all over this region:

  • Ali Shabaz, Chief Creative Officer, Grey Group, Singapore
  • David Guerrero, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO Guerrero/ Proximity, Philippines
  • Hanson Ho, Design Director, H55, Singapore
  • Johan Vakidis, Executive Creative Director, R/GA Shanghai, China
  • Joji Jacob, Group Executive Creative Director, DDB Singapore, Singapore
  • Katie Ewer, Director of Strategy, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Singapore
  • Max Dautresme, Creative Director, Substance, Hong Kong
  • Robert Gaxiola, Co-Founder, Mangham Gaxiola, Singapore
  • Tommy Li, Founder, Tommy Li Design Workshop, Hong Kong
  • William Harald-Wong, Design Director, William Harald-Wong & Associates, Malaysia
  • Yang Yeo, Chief Creative Officer, Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai, China

A full list of judges can be found at

Once the judges have deliberated and made their decisions during four intense days of judging, the D&AD festival really begins. As well as an exhibition of all the entered and winning work, the Old Truman Brewery will be alive with five days of creative activity.  With two main stages for talks and panel discussions, over 40 speakers from the world of design and advertising, sensory installations, fringe events, food stalls, photography exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and a few parties, it’s the ticket to the most exciting event in town.

Especially curated for creative professionals, a three-day ticket will cost £185 (£92.50 Members/ £55 Students) and will enable an all-access pass to all main and fringe events. An edited version of the festival will run on the Saturday and Sunday, with free entry to the general public and a family-friendly series of events, making D&AD Festival the most inclusive and award experience around.

Work entered into the 2016 D&AD Awards must have been commercially released between 01 January 2015 and 18 March 2016 and been produced in genuine response to a client brief. It must not have been entered in previous years. Submissions should be made in their original language by 17 February 2016. The Awards cost from just £85 to enter. All entered work is displayed at the D&AD Festival and will be viewed by senior creatives and visitors to the festival throughout the week.

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