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Tom Cullinan

Founder and Creative Partner, CULLINAN, South Africa

A highly regarded and awarded Creative Partner. Tom is the Founder and Creative Partner of CULLINAN. Previously the Creative Partner of Finweeks South African agency of the decade The Jupiter Drawing Room, which also featured, for the its tenth year, as one of the World’s Leading Independent Agencies.

Tom’s influence has in the past lead to his listing on The Mail and Guardians’ “Top 300 Young South Africans” alongside numerous young South African sporting, business and political figures.

Tom prides himself as not only having mastered the traditional forms of communication. In the past couple of years his campaigns have received global accolades in the Live Events and Activation, Mobile, Design, Sponsorship, Promo and Social media categories. He has written thought leader pieces on the above fields and has delivered keynotes on these categories.

Dana Cullinan
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Founder and Creative Partner, CULLINAN, South Africa

A highly regarded and awarded Creative Partner. She is the Founder and Creative Partner of CULLINAN. Starting out her career in the tech capital Tel-Aviv, and then relocating to Johannesburg where she spent 15 years not only guiding Finweeks South African agency of the decade but helping it become one of the World’s Leading Independent Agencies. Along the way, while building many local blue-chip brands she has received numerous international awards.

She has never stopped evolving her thinking and skills with the ever-changing needs of clients and the market. Her core skills involve marketing integration, traditional media, design, digital and mobile, social media and experiential.

Dana is spontaneous and gregarious and thrives on a creative challenge and embraces the unexpected. She believes that true creative is the ability to produce a courageous piece of conceptual work that at the same time, honours the clients brand and fulfills their requirements.

Dana describes herself as a team player and has built some strong brands through great client relationships. Creativity awards are important to her as a measure on her work benchmarks in the industry.

Tahaab Rais
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Regional Head of Strategy Office & MENA Director – Truth Central, FP7/McCann MENA, UAE

Born in August 1984, Tahaab’s first word was "Astronaut". In February 1986, he skipped walking and started running. In November 1994, he watched a movie that changed his life: Forrest Gump. It taught him how to make an ordinary life, legendary. Just like Baby’s Day Out. In August 1997, he met Mr. Adolescence through a myriad of regrettable haircuts (Spock, Elvis, Wolverine). In September 2002, he wrote poetry and hasn’t stopped writing since. In June 2005, he learnt to add a little Bollywood to his creative job; some drama in presentations, sharing a romance with ideas and using self-deprecating comedy to keep his spirits up.

Since 2012, he leads the strategy office for FP7 (A part of McCann Worldgroup) across MENA, focusing on creative marketing, brand and connections strategy. He’s the MENA Director for Truth Central – an intelligence platform and also manages creative excellence across MENA.

Tahaab has been ranked the #1 Strategy Head in the world by the Big Won Rankings in 2016, and is the most awarded strategist in MENA having won over 300 awards across Effies, Warc, Dubai Lynx, Cannes Lions, New York Festivals, D&AD, One Show, Clios, The International ANDYs and Crestas, among others. He has also helped the agency drive efforts that led to FP7 being ranked the Most Effective Agency in the World at the Global Effie Index, as well winning Agency and Network of the Year four years running, from 2013 to 2016. He has judged at the Effies and at Midas Awards, previously too.

Augusto Correia

Senior Creative, Grey, Brazil

Augusto Correia is a senior creative art director, currently working at Grey Brasil. He believes advertising has only 2 ways to be relevant: being useful or being entertaining. With that in mind he was lucky enough to earn over 380 awards through the years, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Clio Awards, Effie, New York Festivals, Webby Awards, FWA, Epica, El Ojo, Young Guns among others.

He also holds a chair as a Miami Ad School mentor, teaching creativity and case video storytelling.

His work had several social impacts. The “What Family Means” project managed to change the meaning of a word in a dictionary. “Priceless Pets” helped more than 500 animals to get adopted in a year and became a bill to change the law.

In Artplan, the biggest independent agency in Brazil, he was key to raising the "digital creative" perception from 46th in 2011 to 7th in 2012.

He topped 1st place worldwide on Creative and Art Directors Rankings in Best Ads website for 2014 and was named "Newcomer of the Year" by Creative Pool for 2016.

Ken Muir
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Founding Partner, Mohawk, UK

Ken founded Mohawk in 2007 to create ideas in a truly collaborative spirit while taking advantage of the huge changes occurring in the media landscape. Prior to this, Ken was a creative director for more than 20 years, generating award-winning ideas across all media, including print, TV and digital for clients such as HSBC, Vodafone, Shell, Merrill Lynch, Tesco, BMW, Microsoft, Gatorade and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He passionately believes that the opportunities for the combination of creativity and insight to drive and inspire business have never been greater than they are today.

Devin Kennedy

Executive Creative Director, King James Group, South Africa

After graduating with a Industrial Psychology degree and completing a post graduate degree at AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town, morbid curiosity and the need to pay the rent made Devin Kennedy take his first job in Windhoek, Namibia. After a year stint and winning the Grand Prix at Namibia’s local advertising awards he decided to return to Cape Town in 1999 where he joined the King James Group as Junior Copywriter. In 2007 he was he was appointed Creative Director and a member of the Board and Executive Creative Director in 2012.

For his sins, he has a generous helping of both local and international awards, which include golds at Cannes, Clios, One Show and London International to name a few.


Erik Norin

Creative Director, Mother NYC, USA

Erik is a Creative Director at Mother NYC. Before that he worked at the New York offices of Wieden+Kennedy, R/GA and 72AndSunny - all as creative director. Erik started his career at Swedish agency phenomenon Farfar - the smallest agency ever to be ranked #1 in the world. If awards matter highlights include 15+ Cannes Lions and 2 Yellow Pencils in diverse categories such as film, social, interactive, experimental, websites, mobile, stunts and integrated for clients including Heineken, Nike Canada, Delta Airlines, Southern Comfort, MasterCard, Xfinity, Nokia, Absolut, Bjorn Borg and many more. Erik was once shortlisted as Sweden's most influential creative while also being named the 9th best Creative Director in the world almost 10 years ago - very likely both mistakes. Equally lucky was Erik when he got involved with the world's most awarded campaign in 2010 while at Farfar. Another highlight include reaching the semi-finals of the Swedish Foosball Champions. Erik's work has been talked about by Jimmy Kimmel, Martha Stewart, CNN, Mashable, Huffington Post, my mom, FOX, New York Times, Time Magazine, Zagat, CNBC, ABC and others. Erik is the very proud dad of two little girls.

Bill Girouard

Senior Vice President, Arnold, USA

Since coming to Arnold in 1998, Bill has worked on nearly every piece of business at one time or another. The CDC, McDonald’s and Progressive are just some of that list.

Bill’s also worked on and run a number of financial services accounts including CFP® Board, Fidelity Investments, Huntington Bank, Bank Midwest, Citizens Bank and Fleet Bank.

A past Midas Award winner, Bill has also been fortunate enough to win at Cannes, Clio, CA, D&AD, Effie and more. He lives south of Boston with his wife and their four sons.

Crayon MinYen Hsieh

Head of UX, OnePlus, USA

MinYen Hsieh is an award-winning experience designer and digital artist based in New York. His work is integrated from digital to physical with an international perspective. MinYen has worked in legendary companies such as SapientRazorfish, Ogilvy&Mather x IBM Design Lab, SONY Music Entertainment, and MTV. Currently MinYen has been working at OnePlus as an Head of UX to create global user-centered operation system. MinYen also love to share points of view with other professionals, and be the jury for Midas Awards, New York Festivals, The One Show, AD Stars, and LongXi Creative Award.

Dylan Taylor

Creative Partner, The Dylan Agency, Australia

I spent my first 10 years as a copywriter. The next twelve as a Creative Director. Two years as an Executive Creative Director. One year as a Managing Partner. Now five years as Agency Partner in my own shop. Worked across three continents. Won over 300 Awards. Part of the B&T Agency of the Decade team. The first Australian awarded the Irving Wunderman Award for lifetime achievement at the 30th Caples Award Show. In the same year, I was also named Australian Direct Marketer of the Year. And last year we won a Midas.