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Seven Indians among New York Festivals 2021 AME Awards’ APAC Grand Jury

Rana Barua, Kunal Ghosh, Pearl Vas, Ekta Relan, Charu Aggarwal Harish, Arun Sharma and Shazia Khan will pick the most effective advertising works from across the world

New York Festivals 2021 AME Awards has named seven advertising veterans from India among AME Asia Pacific Grand Jury.

The 2021 Grand Jury of 150+ members include some of the world’s most creative and strategic minds in advertising, marketing communications, and brand building from agencies around the globe. AME’s Grand Jury members are respected worldwide for their awarding-winning campaigns and commitment to ground-breaking effective work.

The men and women on the Asia Pacific Grand Jury include some of the top leaders in the industry from the region including Founders, CEO’s, CCO’s, Chief Strategy Officers, Managing Directors, and Creatives. Their extensive expertise and experience are recognized globally for exceptional achievement within the industry.

“I’m thrilled that these respected Asia Pacific leaders will share their expertise on AME’s 2021 jury panel, they represent the diverse range of talent present within the industry,” said Gayle Seminara Mandel, Executive Director, AME Awards. “Their stellar reputations and high standard of excellence set the benchmark for innovation.”

2020 AME Asia Pacific Grand Jury


  • Charu Aggarwal Harish, Chief Strategy Officer (India and SEA), Havas Group
  • Rana Barua, Group CEO, Havas Group
  • Shaziya Khan, National Planning Director, Wunderman Thompson
  • Kunal Ghosh, Planning Director, Cheil India - South West Asia HQ
  • Ekta Relan, National Planning Director, Mullen Lintas
  • Arun Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, Pramerica Life Insurance
  • Pearl Vas, Vice President, Strategic Planning, Taproot Dentsu


  • Graham Alvarez-Jarratt, Head of Strategy, Leo Burnett
  • Luke Brown, CEO & Owner, AFFINITY
  • Fabio Buresti, Chief Strategy Officer/Partner, The Monkeys
  • Dom Hickey, Head of Planning, DDB Sydney
  • Jamie Scott, Managing Director, Showpony Advertising
  • Ali Tilling, Chief Strategy Officer, VMLY&R

Hong Kong

  • Sunshine Farzan, Group Head Marketing & Communications, Tricor Group


  • Wilson Ang, Group Creative Director, Cheil
  • Jason Breen, Creative Director, We Are Social Shanghai
  • Pully Chau, Group CEO Greater China, Cheil
  • Hans Lopez-Vito, Chief Operating Officer, BBDO Greater China
  • Henry Shen, Chief Strategy Officer, McCann Health Greater China
  • Baggio Song, Chief Strategy Officer, Inspire Communications
  • Tze Kiat Tan, CEO, BBDO Group Greater China
  • Selina Teng, President, Ogilvy Beijing
  • Christine Wang, Co-CEO, Publicis Commerce & Performics
  • Vivian Wang, Chief Marketing Officer/Chairman, iQIYI New Consumer Business Group
  • Heidi Zhang, Chief Strategy Officer, Publicis Communication Group


  • Devi Attamimi, Institute Director of HILL ASEAN & ED Strategy of Hakuhodo International Indonesia Hakuhodo International Indonesia


  • Andreas Moellmann, Chief Experience Officer APAC (outgoing), VMLY&R Commerce
  • Shinsuke (SAWA) Sawasaki, Executive Creative Director, We Are Social Tokyo
  • Shingo Suzuki, Associate Brand Strategy Director, Publicis Groupe Japan
  • Misaki Tsuchiyama, Strategic Designer, Designit


  • Fredrik B. Gumpel, Chief Executive Officer, Lion & Lion


  • Diday Alcudia, Chief Strategic Planner, Dentsu Jayme Syfu

New Zealand

  • Rob Campbell, (soon to be) Chief Strategy Officer, Colenso BBDO
  • Joe Carter, Partnership Director, Colenso BBDO
  • Rory Gallery, Head of Strategy, Special Group
  • Isobel Kerr-Newell, Managing Director, MSL


  • Subbaraju Alluri, Senior Director, REDHILL
  • Saurabh Dahiya, Head of Strategy & Planning, VMLY&R APAC
  • Calvin Soh, Founder, One Kind House

South Korea

  • KJ (KwangJae) Lee, Executive Director, Serviceplan Korea

Sri Lanka

  • Amanda Aluvihare, Director of Creative and Innovations, Embrax
  • Andrew Ebell, Creative Director, Magic Mango


  • Alice Chou, Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu MB
  • Chiwei Pan, President, Dentsu MB



  •  Jureeporn (Judee) Thaldumrong, Creative Chairperson/CCO, GreynJ United

“Asia Pacific’s breakthrough creative work represented 27+% of the entries within AME’s 2020 competition and APAC agencies achieved top spots on the AME Report for their innovative results-driven creative,” said Mandel. “It’s critical that a jury with a reputation as global award-winning leaders themselves thoughtfully review all entries and set the bar for effective excellence.”

AME’s award-winning Grand Jury is recruited from 5 global regions (Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, North America, and Latin America). These industry experts carefully review all entries through three rounds of judging.

The results of the 2021 Grand Jury sessions will be included in the annual AME Report, an industry report that honours and provides rankings for agencies and brands. View the 2020 AME Report.

The AME Awards deadline to enter is April 16, 2021.

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