Nigeria’s Creative Wizkid, Bolaji Alausa, others, make 2021 Cannes Lions’ jury list

Bolaji Alausa, the Executive Creative Director at Noah’s ark, one of Nigeria’s leading creative agencies, has been named on the jury line-up of global experts selected to shortlist world-class creative work and benchmark excellence at the 2021 Cannes Lions awards in June.

Bolaji is listed on the jury list for Brand Experience & Activation in the highly anticipated global industry event.

According to the statement from the organizers of the event, 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.

For this year’s event, 55 countries are represented on the jury list. Jury members from the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Ghana, Nigeria, 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.

Speaking on the jury line-up, Simon Cook, Managing Director, LIONS, said: “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, commented: “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.”

Bolaji began his career at Rosabel Leo Burnett in 2006 and then did a five year stint with DDB Lagos. He has won several national awards, notably a Grand Prix at the 2015 and 2017 LAIF awards. On the international front, he won Nigeria’s first Epica and Loeries awards.

He is currently ranked the 12th most published Creative Director in the world according to Lurzer’s archive. Bolaji is an alumnus of Yaba College of Technology 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.

Due to his efforts, Noah’s Ark became the first Nigerian agency featured in Luzer’s Archive. Suffice to say that Bolaji’s creative ideas at the agency has produced iconic campaigns for various clients on the agency portfolio.

Meanwhile, organizers of the Cannes Lions noted that 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.

Shortlist jurors for 2021 are announced 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, Frency 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

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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