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Cannes Lions announces its 2023 Jury President line-up for its 70th edition

As per the announcement, while Devika Bulchandani has been appointed jury president for Creative Effectiveness, Impact BBDO’s Ali Rez will serve as Cannes Lions’ first Jury President from the MENA region

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the names of the Jury Presidents who will lead juries to award this year’s Lions. Devika Bulchandani, Global CEO, Ogilvy, Global has been appointed as the Creative Effectiveness Lions Jury President by the awards body.

Cannes Lions takes place between June 19-23 and will provide an annual forum for the global industry to address the most pressing issues that they and the world are facing today.

In a first, Impact BBDO’s Ali Rez will serve as Cannes Lions’ first Jury President from the MENA region. Commenting on the appointment, Rez said, “The UAE is a place where creativity thrives, and where we believe nothing is impossible. It is a special honour to represent that very spirit of this inspiring country, and the rich heritage of the Middle East, at Cannes Lions as Jury President. I hope this announcement will pave the way for many more people from the region to lead juries in the future at this most prestigious of awards.”

Simon Cook, CEO, Lions, said, “These individuals represent the rich spread of exceptional talent from across the full spectrum of the creative industry. The Cannes Lions Jury Presidents play an essential role in upholding the integrity of the Lions as well as setting the creative benchmark for the global industry. We thank them for their unique perspectives, expertise, and experience for the leadership they will bring to the very important task ahead of them.” 

The Cannes Lions 2023 Jury Presidents have been named as: 

Brand Experience and Activation Lions Jury President: Ari Weiss, Global Chief Creative Officer, DDB Worldwide, Global

Creative B2B Lions Jury President: Tom Stein, Chairman and Chief Growth Officer, Stein IAS, Global

Creative Business Transformation Lions Jury President: Justin Peyton, Chief Transformation Officer, Wunderman Thompson, APAC

Creative Commerce Lions Jury President: Nancy Crimi-Lamanna, Chief Creative Officer, FCB, Canada

Creative Data Lions Jury President: Samantha Hernández Díaz, Chief Strategy Officer, GUT Mexico City, Mexico

Creative Effectiveness Lions Jury President: Devika Bulchandani, Global CEO, Ogilvy, Global

Creative Strategy Lions Jury President: Amrita Randhawa, CEO, Publicis Groupe, Singapore and Southeast Asia

Design Lions Jury President: Quinnton Harris, Co-founder and CEO, Retrospect, USA

Digital Craft Lions Jury President: Resh Sidhu, Global Director of Arcadia Creative Studio, Snap Inc., Global

Direct Lions Jury President: Chaka Sobhani, Global Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, Global

Entertainment Lions Jury President: Brent Anderson, Global Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Global

Entertainment Lions for Gaming Jury President: Francine Li, Global Head of Marketing, Riot Games, Global

Entertainment Lions for Music Jury President: Danielle Hinde, Owner/Executive Producer, Doomsday Entertainment, USA

Entertainment Lions for Sport Jury President: Rob Doubal, Co-President of McCann London and Joint Chief Creative Officer of McCann UK, McCann London, UK

Film Lions Jury President: Bruno Bertelli, Global CEO of Le Pub, Global Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Worldwide, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe Italy, Publicis Worldwide, Global

Glass Lions: The Lion for Change Jury President: Tea Uglow, Creative Director, Google, APAC

Health and Wellness Lions Jury President: Mel Routhier, Chief Creative Officer, VMLY&R Chicago, USA

Industry Craft Lions Jury President: Yoshihiro Yagi, Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Inc., Japan

Innovation Lions Jury President: Grace Francis, Global Chief Creative and Design Officer, WONGDOODY, Global

Media Lions Jury President: Christian Juhl, Global CEO, GroupM, Global

Mobile Lions Jury President: Shannon Washington, US Chief Creative Officer, Connected Communications, R/GA, USA

Outdoor Lions Jury President: Javier Campopiano, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer at Grey and Global Chief Creative Officer of OpenX from WPP, Grey/OpenX, Global

Pharma Lions Jury President: Joshua Prince, CEO, Professional Group, Omnicom Health Group, Global

PR Lions Jury President: Jo-ann Robertson, CEO, Global Markets, Ketchum, Global

Print and Publishing Lions Jury President: Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer, Impact BBDO, MENAP

Radio and Audio Lions Jury President: Tseliso Rangaka, Chief Creative Officer, FCB, South Africa

Social and Influencer Lions Jury President: Samantha Almeida, Director of Diversity and Content Innovation, Globo, Brazil

Sustainable Development Goals Lions Jury President: Jean Lin, Chief Culture Officer, Dentsu Group Inc., Global

Dan Wieden Titanium Lions Jury President: David Droga, CEO and Creative Chairman, Accenture Song, Global 

Registration to attend Cannes Lions opens on January 12 and awards submissions open on January 19. Further information on this year’s Jury Presidents, as well as the Festival, the Lions Awards and Lions Membership can be found at canneslions.com.

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