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. Our parent company, WPP, is among the top 10 performers in the FTSE UK gender diversity report.

Our New York team has created When I’m With Her – exploring the many dimensions of the incredible women across the AKQA global network.

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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Stories of dimension

For International Women’s Day 2021 When I’m With Her celebrates women’s stories across AKQA by depicting moments where they express their fullest selves.

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Recognition

WPP named a gender equality

The Equileap Global Report assessed 3,702 publicly-listed companies across 19 gender equality criteria.

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AKQA São Paulo announces leadership team promotions

At AKQA São Paulo Luiza Baffa has been promoted to Managing Director and Renato Zandoná to Executive Creative Director. Luiza and Renato will lead the São Paulo studio, its partnerships and client collaborations.

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Hillary Coe

Hillary Coe joins AKQA as Principal of Experience

Hillary Coe joins as Principal of Experience, in San Francisco. Hillary has 15 years of experience in design, catering to some of the world’s largest and innovative companies; most recently as Director of Design at SpaceX.

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JoRoan Lazaro

AKQA New York new Executive Creative Director

JoRoan Lazaro joins AKQA with over 20 years of experience in product design and will lead the creative team in New York.

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AKQA Perspectives

Reasons to ignore the status quo this year

21 emerging trends which have the potential to change our trajectory in 2021. Authored by Sam Sterling, AKQA Chief Strategy Officer; Måns Tesch, GREY Chief Strategy Officer; Lars Samuelsen, GREY Chief Strategy Officer & Creative Chairman; David Justus, AKQA Executive Director of Technology; Shaun Rowland, AKQA Director of Strategy & Performance.

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Female Frontier

Grey Global Client Leader for P&G, WPP, Debby Reiner; Strategic Planner Rosie Cross, AKQA London and Executive Creative Director Steph van Niekerk, Grey Africa were all recognised in the global Campaign Female Frontier Awards.

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Jade Tomlin

Jade Tomlin joins AKQA

Jade Tomlin has joined AKQA London as Group Creative Director. Jade has over 12 years’ experience in lead creative roles, and reports into Johnny Budden.

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New York Festival Jury

Across AKQA Group, employees have been invited to participate in the Executive and Grand Jury for this year’s New York Festival Advertising Awards.

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Bianca Dordea

Joins AKQA in San Francisco as Client Partner

Bianca is a marketing communications leader with over 22 years’ experience driving digital acceleration and business performance. Her multicultural and cross-functional background, working on both the client and agency side gives her a unique perspective.

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Gemma Redgrave

The best workplace for the future

After honouring AKQA as Agency of the Year, Creativepool asked what the best place to work for in 2021 looked like. Talent Partnerships Manager Gemma Redgrave, discussed working at AKQA and what’s expected in 2021.

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Erika Moreira

Next Creative Leaders

Copywriter Erika Moreira is named as the Latin American Next Creative Leaders winner by The One Club for Creativity. The award identifies and celebrates creative women and non-binary professionals who represent the future of creativity.

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The great personalisation reset

Marketing Strategy Director Shaun Rowland, AKQA Melbourne spoke to Mi3 about why 2021 is the year for a fundamental rethink on personalisation.

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The One Show jury

Senior Creatives including Steph Van Niekerk, Asawin Phanichwatana, Graham Drew, and Justine Armour from Grey have been selected as jury members for The One Show.

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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.

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Simon Wassef

whiteGREY appoints Chief Strategy Officer

Simon Wassef joins whiteGREY as Chief Strategy Officer leading the strategy offering. Wassef said, “whiteGREY is scarily ambitious. And our clients expect it. Let’s go.”

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Spikes Asia Awards Jury

Managing Partner and Country Head Syed Gousul Alam Grey Bangladesh and CEO Lee Simpson whiteGREY Australia, have been invited to participate as jury members for Creative Effectiveness and Creative Strategy.

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Terence Leong

New Tokyo Executive Creative Director

Joining AKQA Japan as Executive Creative Director is Terence Leong. In his new role, Terence is responsible for translating AKQA’s global creative vision for the Japanese market.

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Richard Stevens

Map’s new Principal Director

Industrial design studio Map announces Richard Stevens as its new Principal Director. Richard said: “For me, the most exciting challenge is to move the Map story forward.”

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Mentoring emerging creatives

Laura Beretti, Richard Buchanen, Rosie Cross, Paul Ostryzniuk, Robbie Smith, Jacqui Sze and Yazminca Woodward are working with emerging creatives as part of D&AD New Blood Academy.

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Nurturing young creative talent

Grey New York CCO Justine Armour, and AKQA Global CCO Diego Machado spoke with The Drum about engaging junior talent during this disorienting and intensely frustrating time.

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The inaugural 40 Over Forty list

A prominent voice championing bold creative experimentation, gender equality, and diversity, CCO of Grey London Laura Jordan Bambach is recognised in the first year of Forty over 40.

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Fact from fiction

Cassandra Sinclair President of North America Pharma at Grey Group discussed on WPP TV how transparency is at the intersection of culture and behaviour.

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Asia-Pacific Strategy Leadership

Sam Sterling has been appointed as Chief Strategy Officer across Asia-Pacific. In Sam’s new position, the region will benefit from her international experience in business.

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David Vogel

Supercharge customer experience

Muse by Clio speaks to Executive Experience Design Director David Vogel discussing ways to improve your customer experience through employee experience.

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Yanci Wu

Improving the user experience

User Experience Designer Yanci Wu talks to Little Black Book about how a company’s user experience can improve the overall organisation from within.

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The right to be heard

ALL RISE, a non-profit social justice publication developed by Daniel Jones and Carlos Arias from our Portland studio. It is curated by currently and formerly imprisoned people - providing a platform for creative expression.

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Effie Awards Pakistan Jury

The Effies recognise achievements in marketing communications. CEO Sara Koreishy Grey Pakistan and Executive Creative Director Yawar Iqbal at JWT-Grey, have been invited to participate on the Effies Pakistan 2021 jury.

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Design Matters

Senior Art Director Frederik Schumann presented on stage at this year’s Design Matters, discussing aio, an app with a holistic approach to wellbeing. The event is host to a community of creative minds who share a passion for digital design.

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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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Qaqamba Jacobs

Grey Africa New Business Unit Director

Qaqamba brings a wealth of diverse experience in branding, advertising and media. Her deep knowledge in alcohol marketing will help steer the Hunters brand and WPP #LIQUID team to greater heights.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Executive Vice President Yolanda Haynesworth at Grey Health & Wellness joined the Adobe panel, calling upon the advertising industry for immediate action from all organisations to include a broader spectrum of race, culture and background.

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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 is an annual event for the global music industry to connect alongside curated panels. Managing Director Sam Sterling covered global and regional technology and lifestyle trends that are driving innovation.

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The HERoes

Creative Director Suki Heather has been named in this year's HERoes Women Role Model list. The judges noted Suki’s role in the initial Women’s Global Council that brought together senior women across the AKQA family.

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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 industry. Strategist Rosie Cross has been featured on the list as a Rising Star. Celebrating future leaders earmarked for success because of the influence of their ideas.

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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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Creatively embedding data

Executive Director of Data Science and Analytics Payam Cherchian speaks to Muse by Clio about the intersection of art and science, and includes tips on how to embed data into the creative process.

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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, released ‘Vai Ficar Fixe’, from his alter ego – Gohu. MTV said: “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, Natalie will attend a Rising Women Leaders Programme.

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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.

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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.

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Johnny Budden

Promoted to Executive Creative Director

Johnny has spent nearly a decade with AKQA, 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.

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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.

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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, use this as an opportunity to prepare for what’s next.

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International Women’s Day 2020

Celebrating diversity and inclusion

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

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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.

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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.

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Women in transport

Managing Director Sam Sterling featured on The Bond x Women In Transport panel. Insights into the role of technology to meet transport customer demand and advances in facial recognition were discussed.

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Scott Symonds

Applying a performance lens to branding

Managing Partner, Media, Scott Symonds spoke with AdExchanger about developing a product to automate the process of CTV audience targeting verification, and the importance of using digital to build brand and drive performance.

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Ros Horner

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, learing her most important lesson – the value of diversity in design.

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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 the D&AD Festival. Diego joins the panel as a judge, Hugo and Tim will be discussing Code of Conscience.

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One Show China

Managing Director Sam Sterling was invited by the One Show China to give a keynote about experience commerce in Shanghai. Covering how China is globally leading the way, and what brands should consider 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

Director of Talent Acquisition

Natasha Avery is based in the USA, with over 20 years experience in recruitment and talent strategy, joining AKQA as Director of Talent Acquisition.

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Sam Sterling

Stronger together

Sam Sterling has been promoted to Managing Director for the Greater China and Japan region. Sam spoke to Campaign Asia about how she will continue to deliver to these markets.

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Freedom in creativity

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

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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. Drawing insight from a handful of London creative studios, including AKQA, and examines how we’re building and maintaining a collaborative, creative working environment.

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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 MD Steffen Otkjær. Andy examined the current potential and immediate future of AI, while Steffen explored the hypothesised singularity event.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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 nominated for the D&AD 2019 ‘Next Photographer’ award.

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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.

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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.

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Jacqui Sze

Future Female Creative Leaders

Campaign Live’s Future Female Creative Leaders for 2019 selected AKQA Senior Creative Jacqui Sze has been selected for the ‘Ones-to-Watch’. The list 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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Eric Orton

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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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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Michelle Lassman

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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Kanika Chandra

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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Michelle Lassman

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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Atlanta

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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3% Conference

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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Kathryn Webb, Ginny Golden, and Jason Glover

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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Michelle Lassman

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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Miriam Healy

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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Aivory Gaw and Kathryn Webb

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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Richa Khandelwal

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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International Women’s Day

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.