Emma de la Fosse
Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy UK
Emma de la Fosse is the Chief Creative Officer for Ogilvy in the UK, responsible for the creative output across all of its capabilities and specialisms, facilitating creative integration across the agency and working closely with creative leaders to encourage the best work and seek the best creative talent to propel teams and their work to even greater innovative heights. Alongside working with Ogilvy's newest clients, including British Airways, Boots, Vodafone, Bulmers, NFL, TJX and Mondelez Group's Halls and Trebor to name a few, she is also the Global Creative Director on Kimberly Clark and EY.
Emma's career in advertising began at a start-up agency in London, where she contributed to the agency winning its first-ever Campaign Press award. Prior to her time at Ogilvy, Emma worked in advertising for 11 years, creating brand campaigns in TV, print and radio for a wide range of clients including London Transport, Michelob beer, Thomas Cook, Oddbins, Del Monte, Lemsip, Hertz and the Department of Health.
Upon coming to Ogilvy, Emma spearheaded the charge to improve creative standardsin Direct & Digital campaigns across the industry and in particular at Ogilvy. This effort saw the agency win more major awardsthan any other UK direct or digital agency, picking up accolades from D&AD, Cannes, One Show, Campaign BIG Awards and the DMAs. Emma's affinity with direct and digital disciplines came from her wanting to “make work that makes people do things.” Alongside exceptional work, Emma led many successful blue chip new businesswins for the agency including British Airways, Bupa, British Gas and Public Health England. She also helped bring to life The Pipe – Ogilvy's pioneering creative talent internship which was open to everyone regardless of age,experience, education or background.
However, Emma's efforts don't exist solely within Ogilvy's walls. She is a passionate supporter of Creative Equals, helping to shape a diverse and inclusive creative community. She can regularly be seen contributing her thoughts across industry press, speaking at events or being a part of judging panels. She was the very first winner of The Drum's Creative Woman of the Year award.
Emma's other job is being a mum to two boys. She lives in inner London and her passions include wild birds,oldBeetles, London's history and new inventions.When she is not poring over her collection of antique maps, Emma can be found mostly looking at gorgeous shoes.
Executive Creative Director, Story UK
Dave won the Graeme Robertson Trust Award as ‘the UK's most promising young creative' – allegedly.
An art director, his work has earned him 150 or so international awards and he was voted onto the UK's Top 10 Direct Creative Directors list by Campaign – once.
He set up his own agency Story with some remarkable people in 2002 and sold it in 2007 for quite a lot of bunce. He spent all, or certainly most, of that and so three years ago he co-founded a gin distillery with a couple of talented engineering bods.
The winning streak continued into the gin business, winning Gold at the World Spirits Awards in the first year, Gold at the San Francisco Spirits Competition in the second year and last year, winning the ‘Design Master', the top accolade at the Spirits Business Design and Packaging Awards.
Dave likes to combine having an eye for design with an eye for a business opportunity. He's been in the marketing business for 30 years, 23 of those years as a creative director, so he knows a good idea when he sees it.
Executive Creative Director + Head of CX, Colenso BBDO Auckland
With over 20 years of global experience connecting some of the world's biggest brands with their customers through CX, Wayne has worked at leading agencies in the USA, UK, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand.
In 2017, Colenso BBDO was recognised as The Big Won # 1 Creative Agency in the World, Campaign Brief's New Zealand Agency of the Year and Mumbrella's Experiential Agency of the Year, among other accolades, for its consistent approach to developing ground-breaking and business-changing ideas for its clients.
He has lectured on digital and advertising craft in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, including SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Social Media Week NYC, and the DMA Conventions in San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas (where he was rated as one of the most popular guest speakers).
He has won over 100 international creative and effectiveness awards for his work in experiential, digital and direct – including Gold at Caples, Cannes, EFFIES, and the DMA Echos.
He has judged numerous global digital, creative and effectiveness awards including EFFIES, The New York Festivals, Cannes, AWARD (Australia), IAB (UK), Social Media Week NYC, RSVP and Axis (NZ) and, of course, The Caples Awards.
Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, MRM Meteorite
After 30 years writing across every discipline, Nicky is now the first female and creative chair of a UK marketing agency. To Nicky insight is all and she is a huge champion of the direct discipline. She has judged and chaired almost every major award show and has picked up quite a few shiny objects too.
She was previously Chief Creative Officer of LIDA. During her five-year leadership, she helped the agency to win hundreds of awards and took them to Campaign's Agency of the Year twice, and runners-up three times.
Her inspiration doesn't come from the obvious places but from her kids. They just want to play. And are utterly fearless.
Group Creative Director, Publicis UK
I look after Heineken UK, Renault UK and Gü. I won at Cannes, LIAs, Eurobest and Lovies with a film for Heineken. I write plays for screen and radio and books for my children. I don't dye my hair.
Executive Creative Director, Blackwing Creative, San Francisco
With over two decades of experience, Jonathan has worked at big ad agencies in big cities — Publicis Groupe and Brann Worldwide (now EURO RSCG). He's worked at boutique shops in the Midwest. And he started a San Francisco agency just before the 2008 recession, then sold it six years later to a top U.S. B2B marketing firm.
He has developed global campaigns for Microsoft, HP, WebEx, Intel and Visa. And national campaigns for Sprint, United Airlines, Bermuda Board Of Tourism,L'Oréal, American Century Mutual Funds, and The San Francisco Design Center.
His work has been recognised by The One Show, Communication Arts, Advertising Age, The New York Festivals, The Caples International Awards, The International ECHO Awards, The National ADDY Awards and more.
Jonathan also contributes to the marketing industry by speaking at events and judging competitions including, ECHO, ADDY, Mobius, Creativity International Awards and, of course, The Caples Awards.
Executive Creative Director, Proximity London
After failing at being in a band, John got into designing record covers instead. Then Napster happened so he swapped CD's for CDing at Grey Direct and Joshua, before moving on to a senior position at AIS. He then traded one start-up for another, spending 10 years as a founding partner and ECD at Elvis, winning awards at Cannes, D&AD and The One Show as well as Agency of the Year along the way.
John moved to Proximity in 2013 and since then, he's helped the agency pick up nearly 200 awards, including a Gold Effectiveness Lion for The Economist and another Agency of the Year title. Named in Campaigns top 20 ECDs in 2018. He lives in south London with his partner Sarah, a cat who thinks he's a dog and a bass guitar he still can't play.
Creative Director, Track New Zealand
Jeff has over 30 years of DM and digital experience both in New Zealand and in the UK.
He is passionate about helping clients grow their businesses through the use of response-driven and effective creativity.
Jeff has worked on numerous award-winning campaigns for a wide range of clients including Westpac, Mercury Energy, Volkswagen, BMW, Countdown and the highly successful (and highly awarded) youth depression campaign, ‘The Lowdown'.
Most recently his work for Auckland City Mission has won a D&AD Impact Graphite Pencil and a Webby.
Chief Creative Officer, Happiness
As well as being CCO of Happiness - an FCB Alliance - in Brussels & Saigon, Geoffrey is also a member of the creative council of the FCB global network.
He took his first steps as a creative director at Duval Guillaume in 2006. In 2010 Geoffrey was named ‘creative of the year' while the agency was named ‘agency of the year' in Belgium in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Geoffrey won 36 Cannes Lions, of which 14 were gold. At Eurobest he won an astonishing 76 awards, including 3 Grand Prix and 14 golds.
In 2012 Business Insider named Geoffrey ‘one of the 25 most creative people in advertising'. In 2013 he even made it to the top of that list, his work described as ‘amongst the best advertising ever seen'. Geoffrey believes in the power of creativity and humanity. And Happiness fuels both.
Global Chief Creative Officer, Proximity Worldwide
As well as her global role, Eva is also the CCO for Proximity Spain, both the Barcelona and Madrid offices.
Eva was included in Ad Age's “Women to Watch” in Europe 2017 and was one of Adweek's “Creative 100”, celebrating masters of creativity.
In 2016, Eva was honoured by EFI Club as “Spain's Best marketing Professional Under 41” and as “The Woman TO Follow” by Anuncios Magazine.
She has been a judge at The Clio Awards, D&AD, One Show and, three times, at Cannes.
She has won over 100 national and international awards.
She talks regularly at festivals and conferences about creativity and innovation.
With a group of other creative directors, Eva helped create #masmujerescreativas, a platform that promotes visibility and equal opportunities for female creatives.
Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy Japan
Newly appointed as CCO of Ogilvy Japan, Doug had been ECD of OgilvyOne China for over a decade, leading the creative on their biggest accounts, including IBM, Mercedes, Nestle and VW among others. And along the way, picking up Gold at all the world's major shows including Cannes, Clios, One Show, and Caples, along with China's first Gold Int'l Echo and China's first D&AD Yellow Pencil. Married to a Chinese woman he met in Tokyo, and while raising two bi-lingual boys, Doug enjoys seeing where East and West meet, and even more where they don't quite.
Chief Creative Officer, Gyro London
With a passion for insightful and creative ideas, David Harris is a fully integrated creative thinker who has won awards both for creativity and effectiveness.
As Creative Director at IMP he took the agency to the top of Campaign's Direct Creative League.
He was the co-founder of LIDA, M&C Saatchi's most successful creative start-up venture.
As ECD at Wunderman UK he merged the digital, direct and automotive creative divisions into a fully functioning and award-winning team working on UK and global accounts.
He then moved as ECD at FCB London before moving to gyro where, as Chief Creative Officer, he heads up the UK agencies.
Executive Creative Director for VML London
After globe trotting across three continents, Harsh is now the Executive Creative Director for VML London. While he has been an ad guy for over ten years, he fell in love with it when he was 5 years old. According to his folks, mealtime, playtime or just about any time came to a standstill when the commercial breaks came on. He was transfixed. And has been since. With a career that's spanned over four continents, the best agencies and the most exciting brands, Harsh continues to be smitten to this day. Maybe that's what drives him so hard to keep on creating. He has been fortunate enough to have his work recognized at some of the biggest shows in the business.
Harsh started out as an Art Director at JWT Mumbai before moving across the Indian Ocean to JWT Melbourne. He worked on brands such as Ford, Kraft, and the Government of Australia. His work for VicRoads and IFAW put JWT under the spotlight making it the most awarded work in the agency. He also led and won several pitches for major accounts.
His stint in Melbourne paved the way for him to move to JWT NY where he worked on brands like Kleenex, Smirnoff, Rolex and Nestle. After winning successive pitches for the agency, it was time for the next leg.
He joined VML New York in 2012. His work for Drink Up saw him taking front and center stage at Cannes where he presented to a packed room. His leadership also earned him a letter of recognition from Michelle Obama. He has also worked on and helped win several pitches for the agency- notable amongst them being New Balance, Legoland and The United Nations. His work has consistently been recognized on the international stage year after year and also winning VML New York its first pride of Cannes lions. In his role as GCD he oversaw the global creative mandate for New Balance, Legoland and United Nations while serving on the Creative Council for VML.
Now as the Executive Creative Director for VML London, Harsh continues to push the creative boundaries in yet another continent.
National Creative Director, OFYT
Chris Gotz began his career in 1996 at TBWA Gavin Reddy in Johannesburg. He launched YFM, the first radio station for the black youth of South Africa's biggest city. The approach was intentionally controversial. Molotov cocktails were sent to media planners, trading on South Africa's recent struggle history. The station got to a million listeners inside a year.
That project and Chris's work for MTN, South Africa's biggest cellphone network, caught the eye of Ogilvy in Joburg and he joined as a copywriter in 1999.
Sensibly moving to Ogilvy Cape Town in 2001, he set to work on some of Ogilvy SA's biggest clients - Volkswagen and South African Breweries.
He was promoted to ECD in 2010. In the years that followed Ogilvy Cape Town became South Africa's number 1 creative agency by some margin. In 2012 The "Be the Coach" Campaign for South African Breweries won South Africa's first Cannes Gold Lion in Entertainment, and the country's first Lion in Mobile. The campaign was chosen by Contagious Magazine as one of 6 pieces globally that defined the business in 20102.
Further Gold Lions followed in 2013 for Cape Town Tourism "Send your Facebook Profile to Cape Town" and in 2016 for SC Johnson's "Museum of Feelings" in New York City - which came after a brief stint in Ogilvy Chicago in 2015/16.
Along the way Chris was chosen as the SA Advertising Achiever of the Year in 2012 by Financial Mail magazine. His proudest achievements though, are his 2 little boys, James and Thomas, who he swims in the sea with as often as possible. He met his remarkable wife, Shelley, at TBWA in 1996, which just goes to show that some really cool stuff actually did happen in the 90's.
In 2016, Chris joined Independent Agency OFYT as ECD. The agency was voted "The One to Watch" by Financial Mail in 2017 and has added Prudential Investment Mangers, Kia and Heineken to a growing client roster. The agency's recruitment programme focuses exclusively on bringing young black creative talent into the industry and growing them into South Africa's best creatives.
Recent work includes a collaboration with Oscar winning Director Asif Kapadia to shoot Jadav Payang, The Forest Man of India, for Prudential Investment Managers.
Creative Partner, Innovation Chapel Australia
A Swede in Australia who has spent time in the UK, Jonas is a much-awarded creative director with experience of the big agency networks as well as running his own, smaller shops.
His background was as a digital creative though his recent output of work defies that description.
Jonas's passion is as a maker, excited by the prospect of what's next. With a desire to learn from others, his management style tends to be very flat and informal. He believes you get good stuff when you create an environment in which people feel comfortable enough not to be inhibited about sharing their ideas.
Alsop, there is no substitute for hard work.
Founder and Head of Creation, Agentur am Flughafen, Switzerland
An entrepreneur with passion, who completed technical and management apprenticeships before gaining 10 years of experience in client sales and marketing, René has now spent 25 years as the creative head and owner of Agentur am Flughafen, with which he has won over 300 creative awards around the world. He has also been a jury member more than 40 times, at awards such as the Cannes, the DMA Echo Award, the German, Austrian, and Swiss dialogue marketing awards, the German Best of "Business-to-Business" Communication (BoB) Awards, and, of course, The Caples Awards. Over the last 30 years he has also worked as an instructor at a number of training institutes and universities, including the Miami Ad School.
Chief Creative Officer at 1886 Advertising - an FCB African Group Company / Global Chief Inspiration Officer - FCB
Stu started in advertising in the 90's after a failed drag queen career. Worked above, below and all around the line - but never quite understood why it was there in the first place. Learnt the copywriting ropes at FCB and then became CD at Net#work BBDO. Co-founder of proximity#ttp in 2006 and then launched studio4332 with BBDO. He returned home to the FCB Africa group where he started 1886 Advertising - a integrated agency with great clients in the telco, banking, fast food and beauty spaces. He holds a 2nd role with FCB as Global Chief Inspiration Officer on their biggest global client, NIVEA, with the task of inspiring the creative worldwide and leading global pitches and product launches. Has won numerous local and international awards including Cannes, Caples and Loeries and has judged extensively, both locally and abroad. Loves his dogs, his beautiful wife, cooking and eating - but not necessarily in that order.
ECD/Managing Partner, Doner London
Logan's advertising journey has taken him from art college in Belfast to running creative companies in London, New York and now back in London. Along the way he has been a partner in two start-ups, ECD at three multi-national advertising agencies including Doner, where he currently resides, and the creative partner at several non-traditional creative companies. He has won over 200 industry awards around the world, including 5 gold lions at Cannes.