Cannes Lions Festival unveils 2019 speakers

Since its first outing in 1954, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has been bringing the creative communications industry together every year at its one-of-a-kind event in Cannes, France, to learn, network and celebrate.

One avenue through which the Festival keeps its intellectual fervor over the years has been its array of speakers drawn from across various fields, professions and businesses.

In keeping with this inspiring tradition, it recently unveiled its speakers for the 2019 edition. They include: Marie Kondo, a Japanese star, best-selling author and self-proclaimed “tidying expert” and Richard Walker, Iceland’s Managing Director and one of the global brand leaders.

Other global brand leaders to speak at the event are Marc Pritchard from P&G, Brad Hiranaga from General Mills, Syl Saller from Diageo, Andrew Barraclough from GlaxoSmithKline and Gail Horwood from Kellogg.

They’ll be joined by the teams behind disruptive challenger companies like Away’s Jen Rubio, Casper’s Philip Krim and Hubble’s Jesse Horwitz.

Also as speakers are Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop and Brown Johnson, the Executive Vice President and Creative Director at Sesame Workshop; as well as Trevor Robinson, the British creative legend behind iconic campaigns for Tango, Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Lynn, musician Randy Preston, Haribo’s Herwig Vennekens and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander.

Some of the above speakers will, on the one hand, be exploring brands in culture; they will be shifting what it means when brands impact culture. All this is in view of the fact that Brands, across the world, are looking to successfully insert themselves into culture.

On the other hands, some of the (above named) speakers will do justice to this year’s focus on re-imagining storytelling. This is in view of the organizers’ emphasis that even though Storytelling is, undoubtedly, an over-used word, it is the foundation on which the industry is built and it has the power to change lives.  As such, the relevant world-class speakers who write and tell stories across multiple platforms will share how they make audiences laugh and cry.





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