DUBAI LIVE JURY

UAE
Komal Bedi Sohal
Chief Creative Officer Saatchi & Saatchi Dubai
ABOUT

Komal Bedi Sohal

Komal is driven by creative curiosity, passion, and energy. She loves ideas that are disruptive, entertaining, and thought-provoking. 

Her love for travel and cultural curiosity has shaped her career over the last 30 years. She has led creative teams across ASEAN countries, having worked in Singapore, India & Dubai. 

Cannes Lions, One Show, D&AD, ADC, Clio, LIA, Epica, New York Festivals, ANDYs, Spikes Asia, Effie, WARC, AMEs, Dubai Lynx, and Goa Fest are major award shows that have recognized her work across diverse categories including: Film, Print, Digital, Ambient, Outdoor, Promo, Media, Design, Direct Marketing and Heath. 

It was her pleasure to serve as a jury member at Cannes Lions, ADC, CLIO, Adfest, and New York Festivals.
 

UAE
Nour Deeb
Creative Director, Brand & Advertising Memac Ogilvy
ABOUT

Nour Deeb

Nour has over 10 years of experience as a creative in the Middle East region. With a background in Art Direction, her work has been awarded at Cannes, One Show and Lynx.  Today, she’s the creative lead on brands like Coca-Cola, Virgin Mobile, Accor Hotels and Tang. 

She believes in the power of creative solutions with effective results.
 

United Arab Emirates
Alok Gadkar
Managing Director & Executive Creative Director The Classic Partnership Advertising
ABOUT

Alok Gadkar

“When ideas come first, everything great follows suit.” This is the philosophy that Alok Gadkar has been a firm believer of for over two decades and used to transform a wide range of business portfolios. Having been on several award juries like the Health & Wellness Jury at Cannes Lions 2018, the Grand Jury at the New York Festival, Global Awards, Clio Health, Ad Stars and also the KYIV Festival, he has a keen eye and a relentless passion for world changing ideas, and work that not just stands out, but sets industry standards. He has also taken the stage as a guest speaker at Cannes Lions, Dubai Lynx and Mena Cristal. In 2017, he was named in the top 10 ECD’s by the B&W Report.

He owes a great deal of his love for perfection to the prestigious JJ School of Art where he graduated with a BFA Degree. His career and love for powerful communication spans across successful stints at Mudra Communications (DDB), Enterprise Nexus, Lowe MENA, Leo Burnett and the Classic Partnership, where he is the Executive Creative Director and Managing Director. Being an all-rounder in this industry starts with having expertise in various categories. Alok has spearheaded work on fashion brands like Splash and Iconic, healthcare leaders like Aster, Medcare and Dubai Health Authority, and for culture shifting pioneers like The Times of India and Economic Times. His “ideas first” approach has led to many of the pieces, campaigns and initiatives he has brought to life see success at Cannes Lions, D&AD, D&AD Impact, One Show, Clio, LIA, The Global Awards, New York Festivals, AME Awards, Ad Stars, Dubai Lynx, MENA Cristal, and AAAI Abby Awards. But his journey is far from over.
 
 

UAE
Marie Claire Maalouf
Creative Director Impact BBDO
ABOUT

Marie Claire Maalouf

Marie-Claire holds a Master’s degree in Creative Advertising and a Bachelor’s degree in 2D/3D Animation from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. Graduating top of her year in 2005, she received an excellence award and was offered an internship in France at the ENSAD — École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. During her diploma presentation in 2006, she was offered to join the Impact BBDO group. She’s been with them for over a decade, working on their wide range of global brands including Mars, PepsiCo, Johnson’s and Heinz. Her work has been recognised at Dubai Lynx, D&AD, Adfest, Global Cristal Festival, MENA Cristal, Effies, Loeries and Cannes Lions — she has even hugged a real lion. Beyond advertising, Marie-Claire is a Certified PKP Kinesiologist and a Faculty PKP Teacher through KinesioCoach Dubai and accredited by ICPKP New Zealand. 

UAE
Fouad Abdel Malak
Regional Executive Creative Director FP7 McCann, Dubai
ABOUT

Fouad Abdel Malak

Fouad’s currently serving as Regional Executive Director for FP7 McCann, Dubai, overseeing key clients from the network and working toward building a creative culture to match that of McCann World Group’s global success. 

He created his first full-page ad in ‘98 for Heineken while still at Uni. His last 3+ years have been at TBWA as ECD, during which time the agency was awarded unprecedented success. Golds at Cannes, the most GP at Dubai Lynx and other international shows; Agency and Network of the Year 2018 (most awarded Agency of the Region at Cannes). He’s currently ranked number 1 Executive Creative Director in the MENA Region according to the B&W 2019 Report, as well as 8th worldwide (The Big One Rankings). He’s also judged at Cannes, D&AD, Loeries, and other prominent shows. 

Before that, he spent a successful 4+ years as ECD of BBDO. Throughout his career, Fouad has led on some of the world’s most sought-after brands like: Nissan, Emirates, SCB, MARS, Pepsico, P&G, Mercedes, GE and more. He’s also been instrumental in key pitch wins that include: du, Louvre Abu Dhabi, KFC, and notable others. 
 

UAE
Firas Medrows
Executive Creative Director DDB Dubai
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Firas Medrows

Firas got his career underway as a freelance graphic designer in Iraq. With one foot in the door and the other on the pedal, his career just took off from there on. Flash forward twenty years and he is one of most respected and awarded creative leaders in the advertising industry in the Middle East. He has created and inspired work that has won top honors at every major awards show: Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Clio, LIA, New York Festivals, Dubai Lynx. The list goes on. In just a few years, Firas and his team put DDB Dubai squarely on the advertising map with big wins at every awards show: first Cannes Lion, D&AD, One Show, Clio, LIA and a Dubai Lynx Grand Prix. His love for big bold ideas knows no bounds. And every day he tirelessly works with his colleagues and team to constantly push the boundaries. It’s no small wonder why he has been ranked one of the TOP 50 ECDs in the world and number 11 in the MENA in Big Won rankings. 

UAE
Kalpesh Patankar
MENA Chief Creative Officer VMLY&R Dubai
ABOUT

Kalpesh Patankar

Kalpesh Patankar is Chief Creative officer of VMLY&R, MENA. In 2018 he was named among the top 10 Global Agency Leaders by Adweek. Patankar has been one of the most effective and awarded creatives in the region. He helped create celebrated work for Coca-Cola, Harvey Nichols, Landrover, Colgate and many others.

Before VMLY&R, he led creative in Asia with Saatchi & Saatchi Mumbai and Ogilvy Singapore. At Saatchi & Saatchi his work for Ariel made him the No.1 Ranked creative in India and helped the agency become the most awarded in 2000. He has been named among “Creatives to Watch” multiple times and has been instrumental in elevating creative work across the MENA region and leading VMLY&R Dubai to the title of most awarded agency in the region. He is also a member of VMLY&R's Global Creative Council.
 

UAE
Alex Pineda
Creative Director TBWA\RAAD Dubai
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Alex Pineda

Currently working at TBWA\ RAAD as Creative Director. Master Degree in Creativity and Strategic Management of the Institut Europeo Di design of Barcelona, Spain; with a Specialization in Advertising Management and a Professional in Graphic Design diploma. Awarded in Cannes Lions, Cannes Young Lions, D&AD, Clio, One Show, Dubai Lynx, New York Festivals, Loeries, Effies, and Ojo De Iberoamérica, for works with major brands such Nissan, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Emirates, WWF, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Energizer, Honda, Purina, among others. Comic book artist, football fan, advertising maniac.

UAE
Shahir Zag
Director Science & Sunshine
ABOUT

Shahir Zag

Zag used to be a copywriter and an art director. He was pretty good at it too. Now he directs films for copywriters and art directors.
 

UAE
Mangesh Zemse
Design Head The Classic Partnership, Dubai
ABOUT

Mangesh Zemse

Mangesh Zemse is a Design Head at The Classic Partnership, Dubai. His career in Design and advertising extends over 15 years working with clients in fashion, branding, packaging, healthcare, and pharma. 

He studied Commercial Art and has specialized in design and photography.

He strongly believes that there's a simple solution to any problem. Being a traveler and a biker, he is also a keen student of different cultures, people and food across the world. 

 Mangesh's work for Dubai Health Authority has won numerous international awards in the healthcare and pharma categories, including Grand Prix, Gold, Silver and Bronze at Dubai Lynx, Cannes Lion, One Show, Lia Awards, New York Festival, Global Awards, Clio, AME and WPPed Cream.