Our people

The future, faster.

As part of our commitment to inclusion across the full spectrum of diversity, and as an employer of choice, AKQA desires to be a leading creative and professional services firm for the attraction, promotion and retention of women, people of colour and under-represented groups.

We recognise a series of actions needs to be taken to advance equity, equality, representation, and actively address any issues faced that may hinder career growth, promotion and retention. Through a series of company-wide, industry and recruitment initiatives, we are ensuring a greater pipeline of diverse talent at all levels, while also hiring and promoting more women and people of colour into senior positions. AKQA's data from April 2018 for the gender pay gap can be read here.

This work to actively highlight role models and encourage our people to progress into leadership roles is ongoing, and includes the stories below.

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Becky Swarbrick

Creativepool Emerging Talent

Designer Becky Swarbrick has been named as the People’s Choice Emerging Talent winner, receiving the most public votes for her work. Becky’s philosophy is rooted in amplification; she always pushes for more and better, understanding that this is the only way extraordinary work gets done.

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Melanie Huang

The brightest talent

Lead Designer Melanie Huang is listed as a B&T 30 Under 30 Creative finalist, a showcase of the brightest young talent. Melanie said “if she can inspire one other creative to reframe what they feel can be possible, then that is success.”

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Eduarda Nieto

From the Academy to Art Directing for Nike

Art Director Eduarda Nieto speaks to D&AD about her career journey. From winning a Pencil at New Blood Awards, to being part of the Academy, Eduarda then went home to Brazil and began working at AKQA Casa.

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Rosie Cross

Tackling racism in our industry

Strategist Rosie Cross speaks to LBB about how we can learn from the past to look towards the future. Rosie said: “Expanding our definition of racism will help us feel a lot more comfortable tackling it.”

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Jiapeng Song and Steven Gutteridge

Brand experience in a post-pandemic world

Experience Designer Jiapeng Song and Head of Technology Steven Gutteridge speak to Muse about emerging from the pandemic stronger. They Explain: “It’s the most trying of circumstances which create the most interesting outcomes.”

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International Indie Music Season

International Indie Music Season (IIMS) is an annual event for the global music industry to connect alongside curated panels. Managing Director Sam Sterling took part in a discussion. The panel covered the global and regional technology and lifestyle trends that are driving innovation.

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Jacqui J Sze

New Blood: By the Book

Senior Creative Jacqui J Sze recently featured in D&AD New Blood: By the Book. The video series offers advice to those entering the industry for the first time, including the do’s and don’t’s of portfolio building.

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Simon Jefferson

Accelerating trends

Managing Partner Simon Jefferson speaks to Top Interactive Agencies about his career and Covid-19. On the pandemic, Simon said: “it has pushed people online to do the things they would have done offline, accelerating trends we’ve seen over the past 10 years.”

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Anthony Lui

Yes, in a time of no

Berghs School of Communication hosted a festival with the theme, ‘how does one say yes in this time of no?’. Creative Director Anthony Lui provided insight on how our Berlin studio is assisting clients, as well as advice on opportunities for graduates.

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Danish Digital Awards

Strategy Director Miriam Plon Sauer and Client Service Director Mads Fuhr were part of the Danish Digital Award’s jury, which highlights the most inspiring and effective digital work. Mads is one of the founding forces of the award show and part of the advisory board.

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Sports and e-sports marketing

Managing Partner Geoff Northcott talks to Global Vice President Nike Football, Camilo Andrade about learnings from sport and carrying them over to your career. They discuss the importance of having a distinct mission as the foundation of a brand.

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Rosie Cross

BIMA 100 Rising Star

Every year BIMA launches its search for the 100 most pioneering people in the digital/tech industry. Strategist Rosie Cross has been featured on the list as a Rising Star. Celebrating future leaders earmarked for success because of the influence their ideas are having.

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Alisia Muscat

Leading through a crisis

Managing Director Alisia Muscat speaks to B&T about leading through a crisis. Alisia said: “We’ve empowered the team to lead the way, tell us how best we can stay connected, engaged and motivated.”

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Covid-19 and Retail

David Roth CEO The Store WPP EMEA and Asia recently interviewed Managing Partner Brain Vella on how retailers are increasing their digital footprint. They discussed how services are being extended and how workspaces are adjusting.

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Jiapeng Song

Experiential beyond the pandemic

Experience Designer Jiapeng Song recently took part in a discussion for China Connect. The session covered what experiential marketing will look like beyond the pandemic and if the changes will be a temporary trend.

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Payam Cherchian

Creatively embedding data

Executive Director Data and Analytics Payam Cherchian speaks to Muse by Clio about the intersection of art and science. Payam said: “In nine years working with multidisciplinary teams, I’ve interpreted the phrase as a challenge to find a common destination.”

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Sam Sterling

Beyond the pandemic

Managing Director Sam Sterling writes for Forbes about life after the pandemic. Sam said: “We can take the view that things will be uncertain, or we can take steps now to build a robust business.”

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All will be cool

Chief Creative Officer, Hugo Veiga, has released ‘Vai Ficar Fixe’, the first single from his alter ego – Gohu. MTV has named the track, “The coolest song from quarantine.” All profits will be donated to fight Covid-19.

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Natalie Broome

WACL Future Leaders

Learning and Development Manager, Natalie Broome, has been named as one of WACL’s Future Leaders 2020 award winners. All winners receive a training bursary, and Natalie will attend a Rising Women Leaders Programme at Cambridge University.

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CTV audience targeting

Managing Partner, Scott Symonds, speaks with AdExchanger about developing a product to automate the process of CTV audience targeting verification. He said: “A high-attention platform is a costly investment, and we need to make sure we’re reaching a high-value audience.”

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Alisia Muscat and Sam Sterling

What the West can learn from China

Managing Directors, Alisia Muscat and Sam Sterling swap stories and strategies about dealing with COVID-19 and what the West can learn from China. Sam Sterling said: “We chose to look to where we want to be and navigate towards that, so our decisions were made in that light.”

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Miriam Plon Sauer joins Denmark’s leadership

Joining AKQA as Executive Strategy Director 15 months ago, Miriam Plon Sauer has recently been promoted to General Manager of our Denmark studio. Previously, Miriam has been working across the Danish agency business for more than 14 years in various strategic roles. On her appointment, Miriam said: “I’m so happy to be given the opportunity to help progress AKQA further.”

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Johnny Budden

Johnny Budden promoted to Executive Creative Director

Having spent nearly a decade with AKQA, Johnny’s roles have spanned Artistic Director to Group Creative Director. In his new position Johnny’s work will unite physical and digital worlds to enhance lives across service, product and architecture.

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Resh Sidhu

How to succeed with creative tech

Group Creative Director, Resh Sidhu, spoke with The Drum during their Digital Transformation Festival, about the tools creatives are using to create success in today’s market. On augmented reality, Resh said: “AR offers unique and immersive digital experiences, and engages consumers in a memorable way.”

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Miriam Plon Sauer

The origin story of the Adman

General Manager, Miriam Plon Sauer, speaks to Unfold about changing the destructive self-narrative of the PR and comms industry. Miriam said: “I have so much faith in the younger generation to push us to try harder. But are we going to wait for them to push us, or are we going to do something ourselves?”

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Brian Vella

Working the slack

Managing Partner, Brian Vella, writes about embracing the slack in the system due to Covid-19. Brian explains: “As some projects get put on hold there is more time to explore innovation, adapt and grow.”

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Stories of dimension

For International Women’s Day 2020 studios across the AKQA family have celebrated diversity and inclusion with workshops, discussions, activities and content.

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International Women’s Day

When I’m With Her

Our New York team has created When I’m With Her — a film that explores many dimensions of the incredible women in AKQA’s studio. Intended to start a conversation around the diverse intersections of gender equality.

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Ron Peterson

Simplicity amidst surplus

Managing Director, Ron Peterson was invited to present at the Sophus3 Automotive Digital Summit. Ron explored how world-leading organisations are navigating seismic shifts through the application of three core principles: Simplification, purpose-driven and unforgettable.

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Women in transport

Managing Director Sam Sterling was invited to feature on The Bond x Women In Transport panel. Insights into the role of technology to meet transport customer demand were discussed, along with advances in facial recognition that will transform the way we move.

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Scott Symonds

Applying a performance lens to branding

Managing Partner, Media, Scott Symonds spoke with AdExchanger about the importance of using digital to build brand and drive performance. Scott said: “If we can put a performance lens on branding, we can dig into the ROI, find the right engagement and verify an audience’s reaction”.

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The value of diversity in design

Design Director, Ros Horner tells BandT why an hour in a government immigration office changed her outlook on design. Ros said: “Diverse teams enable us to get a variety of perspectives into the work, and along with solid research practices go a long way to creating more useful and usable products and services”.

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D&AD Festival 2020

Chief Creative Officers Diego Machado and Hugo Veiga and Executive Creative Director Tim Devine have been selected to be part of this year’s D&AD Festival. Diego joins the panel as a judge nine years after receiving his first award. Hugo and Tim will be leading a discussion about Code of Conscience.

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Sam Sterling

One Show China

Managing Director, Sam Sterling was invited by the One Show China to give a keynote about experience commerce in Shanghai. The talk covered how China is globally leading the way, and what brands should take into consideration when creating their own experiences.

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The future of personalisation

AKQA and Amazon held thought leadership and networking sessions in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney for clients, friends and partners. The event unpacked the trends, challenges and forecasts for ‘the future of personalisation’.

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Natasha Avery

Natasha Avery joins as Director of Talent Acquisition

Based in the USA, with over 20 years experience in recruitment and talent strategy, Natasha Avery has joined AKQA as Director of Talent Acquisition.

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Hugo Veiga and Diego Machado

Freedom in creativity

Following their 2019 Cannes Lions success, the São Paulo duo spoke to Creativepool about their process: “Freedom is a key factor… We like to work with nimble teams empowered with the autonomy to make ongoing decisions”.

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Sam Sterling

Stronger together

Sam Sterling has been promoted to Managing Director for the Greater China and Japan region. Sam has been with AKQA for 18 months, and spoke to Campaign Asia about how she will draw upon these two progressive and culturally interesting markets to continue to deliver value for our clients.

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Hugo Veiga

The importance of ambition

Executive Creative Director Hugo Veiga has written for the Brazilian journal Dinheiro Vivo about the ongoing evolution of the creative industry. Highlighting the importance of ambition, and the need to always seek out references and inspiration.

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The value of studio culture

Creative Axel Nygårds appeared in a BBC short film about studio culture. The piece draws insight from a handful of London creative studios, including AKQA, and examines how we’re building and maintaining a collaborative, creative working environment, and what we’re learning through this process.

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AI will change civilisation

Our Copenhagen studio hosted the future of AI, led by head of emerging technologies Andy Hood and Copenhagen MD Steffen Otkjær. Andy examined the current potential and immediate future of AI, while Steffen explored the hypothesised singularity event, wherein technological growth is predicted to become so uncontrollable and irreversible that it leads to unfathomable changes in human civilisation.

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Suki Heather

Pitch 100 Superwomen

AKQA London creative director Suki Heather has been recognised within the Pitch 100 Superwomen. The initiative celebrates women working behind the scenes in the creative industry, with a focus on fearless risk-takers who get the job done, and all 100 women are nominated for the list by their industry peers.

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Maurício Dias

Representing Brazil at Young Lions

Copywriter Maurício Dias, whose project work includes the multi-award-winning Netflix Stranger Broadcast, has been named as the Brazil representative for the Cyber category in the Young Lions competition at the 2019 Cannes Lions Festival. This is the third year that AKQA talent has represented Brazil in the Cyber category.

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New Zealand online retail summit

Experience-design director Nel Johnson attended the 2019 iMedia Online Retailer Summit at Lake Taupo in New Zealand to present to a group of senior e-commerce professionals, on the theme of ‘creating moments that matter’ for their customers.

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Jazz Advaney

Mirren Live conference in New York

AKQA business development lead Jazz Advaney was a guest speaker at the 2019 Mirren Live Agency Growth Conference in New York. Jazz appeared alongside chief growth officers and business development directors of VMLY&R, HUGE, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Digitas, and Dentsu Aegis. They examined what it takes to be effective in business development roles.

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Jacqui Sze

D&AD Festival: Jacqui Sze as New Blood judge

Senior creative Jacqui Sze appeared as a D&AD New Blood judge, for a Heinz ideas competition which explored new ways to market the traditional tomato ketchup. Jacqui was separately nominated for the D&AD 2019 ‘Next Photographer’ photography award.

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Stuart Jarvis

Future of personalised commerce

Insights and Personalisation Director, Stuart Jarvis, spoke at the Sitecore virtual commerce summit. Stuart discussed how brands are embracing the challenge of updates to data regulations. He believes the future depends on how first-party opportunities are used to create exceptional experiences.

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The future of retail in Asia

Shanghai MD Sam Sterling delivered a guest lecture to executive-MBA students from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. Sam spoke about the Chinese retail environment, and detailed the country’s (in)famous fully automated cashless economy. The talk also covered the augmentation of experiential retail with contextual digital content.

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Jacqui Sze

Future creative leaders

Campaign Live has this week announced its Future Female Creative Leaders for 2019. In this year’s list, AKQA senior creative Jacqui Sze has been selected for the ‘Ones-to-Watch’. The list is published in partnership with diversity specialist Creative Equals, and profiles outstanding female talent, Jacqui was recognised for her multidisciplinary skills.

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Kathryn Webb

AI as a creative tool

AI practice lead Kathryn Webb has featured in AdWeek to discuss the growing interest in AI’s potential for creativity. The article explores how AI can supplement the creative process rather than simply serving as an element of the finished product.

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No compromise

AKQA New York group creative director Resh Sidhu has featured in Australian journal AdNews to discuss life as a female in the creative industry. The interview explores how no one should have to compromise any professional or personal goal, and the need to seek out mentorship and opportunity, even if that means moving around the world.

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Personalisation panel

AKQA Melbourne executive technology director Eric Orton appeared on a panel discussion, for the ‘Path to Personalisation’ event that was hosted by software company and AKQA collaborator Sitecore. The conversation explored how to launch a future-proofed, data-driven personalisation strategy that drives conversion and can handle any new device that emerges on the market.

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Resh Sidhu

New frontier

AKQA Group Creative Director Resh Sidhu was invited to speak at University of the Arts London’s annual conference. The theme of the event was innovative practices. Resh’s Keynote focused on AKQA’s work, creating the future with our clients and the rise of immersive mediums, exploring the new frontier and peeked into what the future can hold – looking at brain interfaces, A.I and beyond.

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AKQA at Adobe Summit

AKQA Group Creative Director Resh Sidhu spoke at the Adobe Summit about ‘Humanising your brand – how to align with your customers’ values.’ Along with Rachel Curry, Director of Marketing, Owned Channels, Volvo Cars USA. They explored how emerging trends, new competitors, rapid innovation, sustainability and changing consumer behaviour are all transforming how auto brands behave and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

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Today, Forever, Balance for Better

AKQA marked International Women’s Day with a host of initiatives and opportunities for employees and clients reflecting the theme of this year’s campaign, Balance for Better.

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Connection in Chaos

Connection in Chaos, presented by AKQA Associate Strategy Director Yazminca Woodward. In the first of three talks given at AKQA’s Simplification Insight in London, Yazminca explores Connection in Chaos and demanding less from customers. Yazminca shows how companies such as Stripe, Muji and Brandless have thrived by using simplification to expect less and deliver more.

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Hugo Veiga

Andy Awards Judge

AKQA Executive Creative Director Hugo Veiga has been selected for the Andy Awards 2019 Jury. Upon joining the Jury, Hugo said: “Letting people get a glimpse of what is usually a closed and secretive process through Facebook Live is an amazing service of simplicity, transparency and education for the global community. I’m looking forward to being inspired by the work and the perspective of a jury from such diverse backgrounds”.

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5G’s Impact on retail

Technology Director Shanghai, Steven Gutteridge shared his thoughts with The Business of Fashion about 5G’s impact on retail. He said: “It will enable not only richer digital experiences but also mass adoption of wearables currently hindered by 4G’s latency”.

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Inspiring the Next Generation

AKQA Group Creative Director Michelle Lassman hosted a Q&A session with Syracuse University about AKQA’s global student competition, Future Lions. Michelle answered questions from students, already working on and finessing their ideas for the 2019 competition.

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Woke and Wonderful

Diverse people and diverse perspectives

Woke & Wonderful is AKQA’s initiative devoted to addressing diversity and inclusion in the Portland studio. Designed and led by the people who work there, Woke & Wonderful is driven by a simple belief: that great ideas come from diverse people and diverse perspectives.

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Lindsay Lim

Empowered Women Inspire All

Recognising that a series of actions need to be taken to advance equality and actively address issues, AKQA participated in the 2018 Women in Technology Australia conference in Sydney. AKQA Melbourne Principal Architect, Lindsay Lim, took the stage to share her insights on developer problem-solving methodologies.

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WPP Stella: Next Stop, India

AKQA is pleased to announce that Kanika Chandra, Technical Delivery Manager from our Gurgaon studio, has been nominated for WPP Stella India Chapter.

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Sam Sterling

The Future of Retail

AKQA Managing Director of the Shanghai studio Sam Sterling joined the team and clients in Melbourne and Sydney to share insights on how the future of retail is coming to life in China.

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Towards a Level Playing Field

The Empower conference, organised by Women in Sport will both identify and help to solve the causes of inequality. The conference will also harness the latest insights, social innovation and best practice evidence to provide solutions.

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AKQA at D&AD New Blood Festival

AKQA Art Director Natalie Vosloo and Creative Jacqui Sze joined the portfolio surgeries, offering advice to students on how to present their work and how to expand on their ideas to form campaigns.

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Alisia Muscat

Alisia Muscat Judges the 2018 AMY Awards

AKQA General Manager of Melbourne Alisia Muscat was selected as a Juror for the 24th AMY Awards. With a distinguished heritage in Australia, the AMY Awards are looking for customer-focused, relevant and more prestigious work.

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Resh Sidhu Receives Honorary Doctorate

The University of the Arts London has awarded AKQA Creative Director Resh Sidhu the Honorary Doctor of Arts, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the fields of design, arts, animation, film and technology. The Honorary Doctorate, together with the Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour conferred by the University.

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Christine Grand

AKQA welcomes Christine Grand as Client Partner

Christine is a global marketing leader with over 15 years experience driving digital acceleration and business performance for agencies and brands around the world. She recently moved to San Francisco from Shanghai where she was leading numerous client service, strategy and digital teams.

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Maggie Chau

Foundry Live

AKQA Principal Experience Designer Maggie Chau spoke at Foundry Live, Australia’s most thriving creative speaker programme. Maggie walked students through “Data Driven Design” and explored interesting ways data is being used and collected, as well as the impact that it is making.

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Future Lions 2018 and Beyond

AKQA Group Creative Director Michelle Lassman spoke with TheNextGag to discuss Future Lions 2018, her thoughts on the winning ideas and co-hosting the annual seminar in Cannes.

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Valentina Badini

Forward Festival

AKQA UX Director Valentina Badini spoke at Forward Festival on “design pollution” over recent years, which she defined as: designs that lack purpose and meaning because it ignores the bigger picture and fails to correctly identify needs.

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Go with the Flo

Felicia Leoncelli joined AKQA’s Melbourne studio for an inspiring AKQA Insight, sharing the story and learnings from her diverse career and achievements while raising a family with two children.

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Faith, Feminism and Fashion

Entrepreneur Ruth Awogbade joined AKQA’s team and clients for an inspiring discussion on her work as founder and editor-in-chief of Magnify, the lifestyle platform designed to inspire women through faith, feminism and fashion.

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Kathryn Webb

Impact Week 2018

As part of the ‘Visions of the Future’ session at this year’s Impact Week, AKQA Lead Conversational Architect Kathryn Webb discussed the influence of AI on current market research, and how it will further shape the industry during the next 20 years.

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A world Designed by Women

AKQA Creative Director Suki Heather joined a panel hosted by Creative Review and Human After All to discuss the impact of only 10% of the planet’s Creative Directors being female upon our daily experiences.

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Resh Sidhu

Beyond the Frame

AKQA Creative Director Resh Sidhu took to the stage for Immersive Stories at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. The conference brings together pioneering international thought leaders on Virtual and Augmented Reality to chart new ways of storytelling on immersive platforms.

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Sam Sterling Appointed as AKQA Shanghai MD

Sam Sterling has been appointed Managing Director of AKQA’s Shanghai studio, leading the team of 50 people.

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AKQA Tree of Lights app Plants 1,000 Real Trees

Group Creative Director Ginny Golden on AKQA Tree of Lights, explains: “Tree of Lights shared the magic of the holidays and augmented reality to provide a gift to our planet. The idea is a powerful example of the digital world helping protect and preserve the real environment we all share”.

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Aivory Gaw

Aivory Gaw Director of Business Development

Aivory has been with AKQA since 2013 as a Client Services Lead, and previously as Associate Planning Director. As the youngest member of London’s leadership team, Aivory will be responsible for driving growth across AKQA’s London studio.

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Natalie Vosloo

Design Trends of 2018

AKQA Art Director Natalie Vosloo shared her inspirations, hopes and predictions for 2018 with DigitalArts, along with 25 other leaders in creativity.

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Kathryn Webb

Recognising the Reshapers

AKQA Lead Conversational Architect Kathryn Webb has been selected to judge this year’s Campaign Tech Awards.

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Kathryn Webb

Toolkit for 2018

AKQA Lead Conversational Architect Kathryn Webb spoke at the WARC Event: Toolkit 2018 in London. Kathryn highlighted the key learnings around the creation of the Arsenal FC Alexa skill, and showcased AKQA’s industry-leading principles for creating the best voice experiences.

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Women’s Salon

AKQA’s San Francisco studio hosted a Women’s Salon event, a safe and constructive forum for women of AKQA to gather and discuss relevant topics on gender in the workplace.

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Times Up

This may look like an average day at an AKQA studio, but don’t be fooled. The all-black outfits stood for something else on Tuesday. What started as a conversation between a few friends after watching Oprah at the Golden Globes, went on to become an agency standing together in black to say #TimesUp on harassment, assault and inequality.

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Mentoring at the Atlanta Studio

This week, the AKQA Atlanta studio started Monday off with mentorship – hosting 30 advertising students from the University of Georgia’s Ad Club, part of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The students enjoyed a presentation about AKQA and the chance to ask questions of team members from multiple disciplines.

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AKQA at the 3% Conference

14 people from AKQA (with representation from each North American studio) attended the 3% Conference in New York, celebrating creative female talent and leadership. AKQA Senior Media Planner Kayla Koterbay said of the conference: “It was inspiring to be a part of such a large movement, and the energy in the air was infectious”.

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Women Who Code

AKQA’s Portland studio opened its doors for a networking night in partnership with Women Who Code. AKQA Creative Developer Kathryn Webb shared an engaging presentation on her career evolution. Kathryn discussed her journey from education to employment, and shared key take-aways and lessons learnt along the way.

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Bea Johnson

AKQA Insight with Bea Johnson

AKQA’s London studio was joined by Bea Johnson, author of the best-selling book and blog, Zero Waste Home – the story of how, since 2008, Bea innovated and adopted a Zero Waste lifestyle for herself and her family. Bea shared the life-changing effects of living simply with the AKQA team and clients.

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Miriam Healy

Berlin Hosts TECH.Insight

Last week TECH.insight returned to AKQA’s Berlin studio for a sold-out event titled ‘Blockchains for a New Economy’ hosted by Executive Director, Delivery & Operations Miriam Healy.

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CreativeWorks Panel

Group Creative Director Michelle Lassman participated in a Creativeworks panel hosted by Workfront. This interactive luncheon for marketing and agency leaders was an exclusive two-hour event featuring an expert panel and an open room discussion.

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Diversity Welcome

AKQA Executive Director, Technology and Delivery Miriam Healy explains the importance placed on creating an even gender balance within the studio and helping to achieve this through recruiting talented female developers from countries such as Ukraine and Russia.

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Karen Civil

AKQA Insight Karen Civil

AKQA hosted social media guru Karen Civil for an AKQA Insight in the San Francisco studio. Karen shared her entrepreneurial story and answered questions from the team and clients.

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WPP StellaIgnite Show: Technology

WPPStella hosted its second annual Ignite Show at Google’s Town Hall in London. AKQA Associate Planning Director Aivory Gaw and Creative Developer Kathryn Webb were among the speakers given just four minutes to share their interpretation of the event’s overall theme: Technology.

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Women Who Code

AKQA’s Portland studio hosted Introduction to the Command Line, the first of many events in partnership with Women Who Code. Nike Technical Lead Richa Khandelwal led 30 women through the workshop with support from AKQA Director of Technical Operations Edd Bignell.

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Be Bold For Change

On International Women’s Day this Wednesday, the AKQA team and clients welcomed writer and comedian Viv Groskop; author Emma Gannon and four-time ParalympicsGB sailor Hannah Stodel to an AKQA Insight hosted in London and screened across the global AKQA network.

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Kathryn Webb

Artificial Intelligence and Copywriting

AI Practice Lead Kathryn Webb spoke with Adweek about AI’s ability to learn mass amounts of information, giving it a unique advantage when it comes to copywriting.