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Bolaji Alausa Joins Cannes Lions 2021 Jury

Cannes Lions has announced its jury line-up of global experts selected to shortlist world-class creative work and benchmark excellence this June. For the 3rd year, Nigeria is being represented in the jury with the appointment of Bolaji Alausa, Executive Creative Director, Noah's Ark, Nigeria as member of the Brand Experience & Activation Lions Shortlist Jury.

Nnamdi Ndu, Chief Executive Officer, CHINI Africa and Cannes Lions representative in Nigeria says: "We've followed Bolaji's rise and success story from winning the National Young Lions Competition in 2009 to shooting up to number 13 on the Lurzer's Archive Global Creative Director Ranking to helping his team clinch a 2-time win as Pitcher Awards Advertising Agency of the Year and are happy to see him join other experts from around the world to judge work at the highest and most prestigious awards in our industry."

Bolaji began his career at Rosabel Leo Burnett in 2006, he moved to DDB Lagos and during his five-year stint won the Young Lions competition in 2009 and represented Nigeria in Cannes. He moved to Noah’s Ark in 2011 as Associate Creative Director.

At Noah's Ark, he led his team to win several awards, notably Grand Prix at the 2015 and 2017 LAIF (Lagos Advertising & Ideas Festival). Their Airtel ad ‘Lost’ won Gold at the Epica awards in Berlin late 2017. In 2018 at African Cristal festival, Noah’s Ark emerged agency of the year in Africa with Airtel’s ‘Amin’ spot winning the Grand Prix in Marrakesh. In 2019, Noah’s Ark also won the Grand Prix at the Pitcher Awards and became the Agency of the Year in 2019 and 2020.

He has been privileged to be on the jury of New York Advertising Festival, The Loeries award in Durban and Ad Stars in Busan, where he gave a talk about how culture influences creativity in Africa in 2018.

He is the first Nigerian to be awarded two Cannes National Diplomas in 2013. He won Nigeria's first Epica award also in 2013 and is currently ranked 13th most published Creative Director in the world according to Lurzer’s Archive.

In 2018, Adweek listed him on their annual Creative 100, a list of the most influential creative people in the world. A first for a West African.

Bolaji is an alumnus of Yaba College where he majored in Painting, Miami Ad School where he studied Campaigns, Pan Atlantic University where he studied Digital Media, and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership where he received an EMBA in Creative Leadership in 2017.

55 countries are represented in Cannes Lions 2021 jury. Members from the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Ghana, Lebanon, Egypt and Latam - Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia and Argentina – are joined by a significant number of industry experts from across the Asia Pacific region - China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand – alongside members from Europe, the UK and the USA.

The Lion-winning work will be announced, awarded and celebrated during Cannes Lions Live, a fully digital experience, running from 21-25 June 2021, which all LIONS members will receive complimentary access to.

The Cannes Lions shortlist juries are formed of elite experts from every corner of the industry, and comprise 52% female jurors this year, the highest on record.

Simon Cook, Managing Director, LIONS, says: “Lion-winning creative work is not bound by location, it emerges from all corners of the world to compete and benchmark excellence on the global stage. So, it’s incredible to welcome this truly global line-up of jury experts. Every year, our juries grow more diverse. This is part of our ongoing commitment to appoint elite talent from across the full breadth of our global community.”

Philip Thomas, Chairman, LIONS, comments: “Our jury members represent every region in the world and illustrate the global scale of the Lions awards. Cannes Lions Live, our fully digital experience in June, will enable our entire community to join us - throughout the globe - to celebrate Lion-winning creativity.”

Thomas adds: “After pausing the awards last year, our juries will be shortlisting Lions across two years’ worth of work, which is an unprecedented opportunity to set the global creative benchmark for two years of outstanding creative work.”

The Lions’ shortlisting juries will take part in remote judging from their home locations worldwide. Speaking about the process, Susie Walker, VP Awards & Insight, LIONS, explains: “Shortlist jury members play a vital role in conducting the first round of judging, which creates the shortlist in a number of Lions. We’re committed to delivering a world-class judging experience of the standard we’re known for, and crucially, every piece of creative work will be given the time and discussion it deserves.”

Full list of the shortlist jurors for 2021 is as follows:

Brand Experience & Activation Lions Shortlist Jury

Stephen Herold, Design Principal, IBM iX, Switzerland

Masato Mitsudera, CEO / Executive Creative Director, FACT ADK, Japan

Vidya Manmohan, Founder & Creative Chairwoman , V4 Good Advertising, United Arab Emirates

Karl Waters, Creative Partner, Folk Wunderman Thompson, Ireland

Victor Petri, Partner, Head of Activation, Robert/Boisen & Like-minded, Denmark

Kwint De Meyer, Creative Director, DDB Brussels, Belgium

Bolaji Alausa, Executive Creative Director, Noah's Ark, Nigeria

Martin Schlumpf, Creative Director, Joe Public, South Africa

Chanatthapol Tiensri, Executive Creative Director, TBWA\Thailand

Bruno Vohwinkel, Deputy Executive Creative Director, Havas Milan, Italy

Dmitry Vtulkin, Creative Director, BBDO Moscow, Russia

Eva Hasson, Trendspotting Director & Creative Strategist, BBR Saatchi & Saatchi, Israel

Diego Lanzi, Executive Director & Chief Creative Officer, FCB Dos Puntos Crea, Guatemala

Maciej Twardowski, Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy Social.Lab Poland

Gian Carlo Lanfranco, Co-Founder / Chief Creative Officer, L&C NYC-LIMA, Peru

Luis Ribó, CEO, Isobar & dentsumcgarrybowen, Mexico

Jaime Duque, Executive Creative Director, MullenLowe SSP3, Colombia

Martine H. Flatlie, Chief Marketing Officer, Legevisitt, Norway

Pancho González, Chief Creative Officer, Inbrax, Latam

Charlene Chua, Creative Director, BBH, Singapore

PG Aditya, National Creative Director, Dentsu Webchutney, India

Heather Chambers, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, Canada

Zoha Zoya, Creative Director - Head of Experience Design, R/GA, EMEA

Jennifer Hu, Chief Creative Consultant, Ogilvy, Taiwan

Lucille Marie Essey, SVP, Executive Creative Director, Jack Morton Worldwide, USA

Jason Williams, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, Australia

Design Lions Shortlist Jury

Liza Enebeis, Creative Director, Studio Dumbar, Netherlands

Thanyaluck Pongachayaluck, Creative Director, GreynJ United, Thailand

Sachin Kamble, National Creative Director, Leo Burnett, India

Olaf Cuadras, Creative Director, DDB Spain

Sheng Jin Ang, Executive Creative Director, MullenLowe Singapore

Shelley-Ann Atkinson, Partner, Murmur, South Africa

Direct Lions Shortlist Jury

Laura Kim, Executive Creative Director, Independent, Canada

Kimberley Ragan, Group Creative Director / Head of Brand Experience, Colenso BBDO, New Zealand

Clara Uddman , Art Director, Save–Our–Souls, Sweden

Juan Jose Posada, President / Chief Creative Officer, Grey, Colombia

Satoshi Chikayama, Executive Creative Director, TBWA\Hakuhodo, Japan

Alfredo Alquicira, Executive Creative Director, McCann Worldgroup, Mexico

Jolien Tuyteleers, Creative - Copywriter, Wunderman Thompson Antwerp, Belgium

Bridget Johnson, Executive Creative Director, The Riverbed Agency, South Africa

Thomas Li, Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett Shanghai, China

Valentina Maksyakova, Executive Director, AVM Media, Russia

Friso Ludenhoff, Executive Creative Director, Publicis Groupe Netherlands

Satit Jantawiwat, Chief Creative Officer, Cheil, Thailand

Alex Pineda, Creative Director, TBWA\Raad, United Arab Emirates

Nicolas Zarlenga, Partner & Chief Creative Officer, The Juju, Argentina

Nicolas Courant, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy Singapore

Andrea Auz, Creative Director, PAPER, Ecuador

Ayse Aydin, Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe, Turkey

Signe Zacher Carlsen, Chief Creative, Advice, Denmark

Ricardo Chadwick, Partner / Chief Creative Officer, Fahrenheit DDB Peru

Judite Mota, Chief Creative Officer, VMLY&R, Portugal

Stefanie Golla, Creative Director, Accenture Interactive, Austria

Film Craft Lions Shortlist Jury

Devin Kennedy, Executive Creative Director, King James Group, South Africa

Marcus Svanberg, Director, Bleck film, Sweden

Sneha Iype, Executive Producer / Partner, Nirvana Films, India

Alba Barneda, Head of Production, CANADA, Spain

Thasorn Boonyanate, Executive Creative Director, Wunderman Thompson Thailand

Rodrigo Garcia Saiz, Director, Central Films, Mexico

Yael Staav, Director, Animals (Canada) / Furlined (USA), Canada

Pejman Fakharian, Filmmaker | Creative Director, 2012 Studio, Iran

Jonathan Chong, Director, Photoplay Films, Australia

Nadine Baltes, Head of Production, Havas Düsseldorf GmbH, Germany

Amy Wertheimer, EVP, Group Executive Producer, BBDO NY, USA

Sariyanti Sannie, Executive Producer, Six Toes TV / TBWA Singapore

Jo Lumb, Head of WAS Studios, We Are Social, UK

Valentina Fronzoni, Founding Partner & Executive Producer, the BigMama s.r.l., Italy

Anh-Thu Le, Director of Production, TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, USA

Kacper Sawicki, Executive Producer, Papaya Films, Poland

Loren Bradley, Executive Producer, FINCH, Australia

Elsa Rakotoson, CEO, Founder, Executive Producer, Frenzy Paris, France

Adam Isidore, EVP, Director of Integrated Production, FCB NY, USA

Film Lions Shortlist Jury

Marloes van den Berg, Chief Production Officer, 180 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alice Chou, Chief Creative Officer, Dentsumcgarrybowen Taiwan

Thomas Pries, Executive Creative Director & Partner, The Unicorn, Denmark

Wuthisak Anarnkaporn, Film Director, FACTORY 01, Thailand

Dora Pruzincova, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Prague, Czechia

Jens Mortier, Chief Creative Officer, mortierbrigade, Belgium

Graham Drew, Chief Creative Officer, Grey Malaysia

Giovanni Bedeschi, Owner / Director and Executive Producer, bedeschifilm s.r.l., Italy

Andreas Putz, Chief Creative Officer, Jung von Matt Donau, Austria

Brett Morris, CEO, Nahana Communications Group (part of the FCB Network), South Africa

Yinbo Ma, Executive Creative Director, BBH, China

Nuno Jerónimo, Founder and Executive Creative Director, O Escritório, Portugal

Kalle Widgren, CEO, TBWA Stockholm, Sweden

Axel Grimald, Global Executive Creative Director, Publicis, Global

Lilian Luethi, Head of Production, frame eleven + partners AG, Switzerland

Serena Abi Aad, Head of Content, Havas Worldwide, United Arab Emirates

Diana Triana, General Creative Director, McCann Colombia

David Douglass, Executive Creative Director, Anomaly Toronto, Canada

Hira Mohibullah, Executive Creative Director, BBDO Pakistan

Jessica Apellaniz, Chief Creative Officer Latam, Ogilvy, Latam

Camilla Bjørnhaug, Creative, TRY, Norway

Ali Ali, Film Director, Good People, Egypt

Pallavi Chakravarti, Executive Creative Director, Taproot Dentsu, India

Kris Kyoungju Lee, Global Executive Creative Director, Cheil Worldwide, Global

Phil van Bruchem, Executive Creative Director, BWM Dentsu, Australia

Sue Higgs, Joint Executive Creative Director, dentsuMB, UK

Adrian Miller, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy Indonesia

William John, Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi, UK

Damian Hanley, Creative Director, In the Company Of Huskies, Ireland

Natasha Wellesley, Executive Producer, Ventureland, USA

Kim Pick, Executive Creative Director, VMLY&R New Zealand

Health & Wellness Lions Shortlist Jury

Dick Dunford, Executive Creative Director, TBWA\Worldhealth, UK

Michel Motta, Executive Creative Director, Triunfo Sudler Brasil

Joanna Lojko, Managing Director / Board Member, Rak'n'Roll Cancer Foundation, Poland

Emanuele Tragella, Executive Creative Director, Havas Life Italy

Gustavo Pratt, Owner & CEO, Asterisco Healthcare Communications, Mexico

Todd Henwood, EVP, Executive Creative Director, GSW, Canada

Tuesday Poliak, Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman Thompson Health, USA

Gerrard Malcolm, Director, Insight AU, Australia

Mandi Fine, CEO, F/NE, South Africa

Manuel Frank, Global Creative Chair, Health & Chief Creative Officer Germany, Edelman, Global

Sinéad Murphy, Creative Director, Independent, UK

Industry Craft Lions Shortlist Jury

Ton Hollander, Chief Creative Officer, Optimist Inc, Europe

Nic Adamovich, Head of Design, Host/Havas, Australia

Lasse Vintersbølle, Creative Director, Hjaltelin Stahl, Denmark

Celine Mornet-Landa, Creative Director, Sid Lee Paris, France

Abi Aquino, Chief Creative Officer, Mullen Lowe Treyna, Philippines

Masayoshi Kodaira, Designer / Art Director, FLAME inc., Japan

Media Lions Shortlist Jury

Joost Hoppe, Global Media Lead, Heineken, Global

Motoko Nakao, Media Division Lead, TBWA Hakuhodo, Japan

Susanne Persson, Country Manager, Verizon Media, Sweden

Oliver Schönfeld, Managing Director, TWmedia, Switzerland

Carlos Rojas Girao, CEO, IPG Mediabrands Peru

Natalia Kiryanova, CEO, Wavemaker, Russia

Pascal Crifo, CEO & Founder, Blue449, France

Camilla Halleraker, Managing Director, Starcom, Norway

Begoña de la Sota, CEO, Mediacom, Spain

Carolina Sandoval Villamil, Media Director Latam, GSK Consumer Healthcare, Latam

Tanya Schreuder, Group Managing Director, Media Brands Dentsu, South Africa

Sandra Onofri, Group Strategy Director, Havas, Germany

Gauthier Elslander, Managing Director, Initiative, Belgium

Charu Aggarwal, Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Group, South East Asia & India

Benjamin Condit, CEO, Mindshare, China

Asad Rehman, Director Media & Digital Transformation, Unilever, United Arab Emirates

Juan Pedro McCormack, CEO, Media dentsu Latam, Dentsu, Argentina

Caroline Moul, President, PHD Canada

Gina McKinnon, Managing Director, Fuse @ OMD, APAC

Vaishali Verma, CEO Initiative India

Jessica Roberts, Chief Client Officer, OMD EMEA

Outdoor Lions Shortlist Jury

Rafael Reina, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy De La Cruz, Puerto Rico

Anna Salonen, Art Director, Nord DDB Stockholm, Sweden

Lili Jiang, Group Creative Director, Cheil Worldwide, Hong Kong

Emilio de Haan, Founder/Creative Director, HERC, Netherlands

Angie Tijam-Tohid, Creative Director & Head of Content, Ace Saatchi & Saatchi, Philippines

Huelander Escalante, Chief Creative Officer, McCann San José, Costa Rica

Katrina Encanto, Global Creative Director, MullenLowe London, Global

Ioana Zamfir, Executive Creative Director, MRM, Romania

Sebastien De Valck, Creative Director, BBDO Belgium, Belgium

Gabriela Paredes Olguin, VP Creative, Agencia i, Mexico

Rene Baquero, Managing Director & Chief Creative Officer, HOY by Havas, Colombia

Davi Sing Liu, Regional Chief Creative Officer, Great China, Grey, China

Gary Steele, Executive Creative Director, DDB Aotearoa New Zealand

Sarah McGregor, Executive Creative Director, Communicado, Australia

Francisco Bledel, Creative Director, Publicis, Argentina

Mel Routhier, Chief Creative Office, WPP Walgreens Team, VMLY&R, USA

Fabio Silveira, General Manager, Havas Creative Middle East, United Arab Emirates

İlkay Gürpınar, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Istanbul, Turkey

Torgbor Mensah, Executive Chairman, DDP Outdoor Limited, Ghana

Sara Phillips, Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy, USA

Billy Faithfull, Chief Creative Officer, Engine Group UK

PR Lions Shortlist Jury

Victor Ng, Executive Creative Director, Edelman Singapore

Reona Onoue, Operating Officer / PR Planner, Inoue Public Relations Inc., Japan

Alexandre Faure, Managing Director, Edelman, France

Janet Tsai, Global Lead, China Brand Practice, Ogilvy, Global

Hafida Abahai, CEO, Weber Shandwick, Netherlands

Neha Mehrotra, Executive Vice President, PR & Client Centricity, Avian WE, India

Natasha Romariz Maasri, Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett, Lebanon

Amy Brill, Head of PR, M&C Saatchi, United Arab Emirates

Babette Kemper, Co-Founder & Managing Director, achtung! Mary, Germany

Krista Webster, President & CEO, Veritas Communications and Vice Chair, MDC Partners, Canada

Mandarva Stenborg, CEO & Partner, Abby Priest, Sweden

Ludi García, Managing Director, Hotwire Public Relations, Spain

Michael Maslov, General Director, Partner, Ketchum, Russia

Higinio Martínez, General manager & Consejero Delegado Omnicom PR Group, Spain & Portugal

Charlie Coney, Executive Creative Director, West Coast Region, Golin, USA

Clarisse Berggårdh, CEO, Pohjoisranta BCW OY, Finland

Oana Bulexa, Managing Partner, MSL The Practice, Romania

Beatrice Agostinacchio, Managing Director, Hotwire Italy

Vanessa Ho Nikolovski, Chief Client & Growth Officer, Asia Pacific, Weber Shandwick, APAC

Ruth Allchurch, Managing Director, WE, UK

Skye Lambley, Group Managing Director, Herd MSL, Publicis Groupe, Australia

Social & Influencer Lions Shortlist Jury

Pierre Duquesnoy, Executive Creative Director, Belle, France

Anna Lichnog, Executive Creative Director, Jung von Matt NEXT ALSTER, Germany

Akanksha Goel, Founder & CEO, Socialize, Middle East, Africa & India

Joakim Khoury, Partner & Senior Creative, Åkestam Holst NoA, Sweden

Alberto Pachano, Managing Director, We Are Social, Spain

Max Sardella, Social Media & Influencer Marketing Manager, Red Carpet, Italy

Johanna Calic, Head of Creative Effectiveness, Google, Latam

Jordan Schmid, Partner & President, No Fixed Address, Canada

Shivani Maharaj, National Head of Content & Partnerships, Wavemaker, Australia

Shirin Majid, Deputy Executive Creative Director, VCCP, UK

Vibeke Nannerup, CEO & Founder, Liquidminds, Denmark

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