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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Jabari Hearn

Jabari Hearn appointed Managing Partner

AKQA has further strengthened its leadership team by appointing former Nike and Google executive Jabari Hearn as North America Managing Partner.

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Tesa Aragones

AKQA appoints Tesa Aragones as President, North America

Tesa will oversee studios in the U.S. in this new role, defining strategy and expanding the client base, identifing opportunities and synergies to work closely with AKQA’s international team.

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AKQA’s founder honoured with 2022 Spear’s Impact Award

Ajaz Ahmed has been honoured with the Spear’s 2022 Impact Award recognising the impact of his charitable fellowship ajaz.org.

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Andrew Missingham

Welcome Andrew Missingham

AKQA North America appoints Andrew Missingham as Executive Director of Consumer Insights. Harnessing his extensive experience, Andrew will shape AKQA’s strategies to align with evolving cultural trends in this role.

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Shu Hung

New ECD of AKQA Los Angeles

AKQA has appointed Shu Hung as Executive Creative Director in Los Angeles. “I’ve been a long-time admirer of AKQA and collaborated with them in the past on career-defining projects.”

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Tesa Aragones

Live at Cannes

AKQA President, North America Tesa Aragones joined Adweek Podcast to reflect on Cannes 2023 and how marketers can action conversations surrounding AI, inclusion and sustainability.

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Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Our job is to give a dopamine hit

The duo behind Barber Osgerby speak to the Financial Times about why their prolific output is all a question of collaboration and how they work on the scarier side of challenging.

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Hillary Coe

Defining the future

Principal of Experience AKQA Hillary Coe named as one of Ad Age’s 2022 Leading Women. “It’s important for people to think differently and disrupt an industry they’re passionate about.”

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Laura Maness

Dynamic leader joins as Grey Global CEO

Grey announced the appointment of Laura Maness as Global Chief Executive Officer. Laura will build on Grey’s international capabilities and bring people together across the network.

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Ajaz Ahmed

The Decent Leader

CEO and Founder AKQA Ajaz Ahmed speaks with Fearless Creative Leadership podcast about tenets of decency: “the most successful people are often the ones who help others succeed.”

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Diego Machado

The unexpected turn

CCO AKQA Diego Machado joins El Martínez podcast to talk about how AKQA’s diversity led to the global creative work for Netflix and why he wakes up happy on a rainy Monday morning.

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Chirag Khushalani

Tell me something new

Creative Strategist AKQA UAE Chirag Khushalani is joining the Ad Black Sea International Festival of Creativity Impact Jury, an event that promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing.

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Elias Karam

Timelessly true

Strategy Director Grey Dubai Elias Karam shares with Campaign what it takes to build a company anchored in truth: “Every brand has the potential to become culturally relevant.”

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Luiza Baffa

Clio Music Awards

Managing Director AKQA São Paulo Luiza Baffa is joining the Clio Music Film and Video jury. The Clios celebrate bold work that propels the industry forward.

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Laura Minton

Be brave

Senior Producer AKQA Laura Minton joins LBB for a vibrant conversation about her journey into production, pioneering new creative technologies, and her most inspiring moments on set.

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Sam Sterling

A clear vision

Managing Director of Strategy AKQA Dr Sam Sterling sits with Forbes to share her fascinating research on ambidextrous companies. Outlining the key attributes a business needs to grow.

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Diego Machado

Past, present and future wins

Chief Creative Officer AKQA Diego Machado speaks with The Goa Spotlight about the inspiration behind Nike’s award-winning Never Done Evolving.

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Ros Horner

Culture of innovation

Executive Design Director AKQA Australia Ros Horner speaks with Campaign Asia about the potential for AI: “We should invest in creative humans alongside creative technology.”

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Ajaz Ahmed

Courage to care

CEO and Founder AKQA Ajaz Ahmed speaks to the University of Bath School of Management: “AKQA is a vehicle for channelling entrepreneurial and creative energy.”

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Kristin Goto and Jon Freshwater

AKQA San Francisco promotions

Kristin Goto appointed Managing Director and Jon Freshwater promoted to Director of Client Services. “I feel honoured to continue with our clients to solve tomorrow’s challenges.”

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W3A Forum

Managing Director AKQA Italy Umberto Basso spoke at the Web3 Alliance Forum in Milan, discussing AI, the metaverse and blockchain.

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Infusing values

Creative Directors AKQA Bloom Zampa & Zaro speak to DesignRush about utilising creativity to shape a better future, from their unique perspective on brand impact.

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The spirit of heritage

AKQA President, North America Tesa Aragones spoke to New York Stock Exchange TV about the global impact of inspiring future leaders.

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Cannes Lions

Six employees across AKQA and Grey have been invited to participate in the prestigious jury, selected to shortlist world-class creative work alongside other global experts.

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Michelle Lassman

The Gails Awards

Head of Creative AKQA San Francisco Michelle Lassman joins the jury. The awards recognise innovation in the industry, donating 100% of its proceeds to support women’s rights.

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Ajaz Ahmed

A ripple effect

CEO and Founder AKQA Ajaz Ahmed speaks to Thought Economics about the power of creative industries for good and learnings from working with some of the world’s greatest brands.

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Tim Devine

Cannes in Cairns Chronicle

Executive Innovation Director AKQA Melbourne Tim Devine spoke at Cannes in Cairns, presenting a perspective on the complexities of AI and diverse representation.

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The age of Alsthetics

Executive Creative Director AKQA London Johnny Budden speaks with Shots about the countless possibilities of using AI to add creativity to work.

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Shu Hung

Two minutes with Shu Hung

ECD AKQA Los Angeles Shu Hung spoke with Muse by Clio on creative inspirations: “I was obsessed with Roald Dahl. I couldn’t believe someone could have so many incredible story ideas.”

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Driving Good

CEO and Founder AKQA Ajaz Ahmed spoke at Media Telecom & Beyond, discussing the role that agencies play in brand building in a digital world.

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AI’s creative revolution

CEO and Founder AKQA Ajaz Ahmed and President, North America AKQA Tesa Aragones spoke with Fast Company about how AI could unlock a new wave of imaginative expression.

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Shu Hung and Graham Drew

Endless possibilities

ECD AKQA Los Angeles Shu Hung and CCO Grey Malaysia Graham Drew join the jury at The Drum Chip Shop Awards, selected to judge creativity without limits.

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Sam Sterling

What comes next

Managing Director of Strategy AKQA Sam Sterling shares with Forbes that “it’s essential to have a clear understanding of customer needs and preferences” to grow.

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Ryan Fox

Creative process

Senior Account Director AKQA New York Ryan Fox comments to LBB on the potential that AI gives teams to work more collaboratively and intelligently across the lifecycle of a project.

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Tesa Aragones

Gold House A100

President, North America AKQA Tesa Aragones has been named as an A100 honouree, celebrated as one of the most impactful Asian Pacific leaders.

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Roman Ptakowski

New Managing Partner in North America

AKQA has announced the promotion of Roman Ptakowski to the role of Managing Partner in North America after nearly five years of leading the Atlanta studio as Managing Director.

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Umberto Basso and Nicolas Le Pallec

Future proof e-commerce

Managing Director AKQA Italy Umberto Basso and Executive Technology Director Europe AKQA Nicolas Le Pallec presented leveraging AI and 3D at a MACH Alliance event.

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Ajaz Ahmed

Luxury’s new brand identifiers

CEO and Founder AKQA Ajaz Ahmed talks with Vogue Business about the visual signatures of fashion houses to cultivate universal recognition and customer loyalty.

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Luiza Baffa

SXSW Film and TV Awards

Managing Director AKQA São Paulo Luiza Baffa is judging the Music Video category, of the SXSW Film and TV Festival 2023. Honouring creativity by the film, TV, XR, and design talent.

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50/50 gender parity

WPP AUNZ President Rose Herceg and CEO AKQA AUNZ Alisia Muscat share what International Women’s Day symbolises to them.

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Sam Sterling

Lessons for success

Managing Director of Strategy AKQA Sam Sterling shares her number one lesson with CNBC Make It from studying 10 years of McDonalds, Starbucks and Lululemon data.

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Ajaz Ahmed

Solving problems

CEO and Founder AKQA Ajaz Ahmed speaks to Mumbrella about the excitement and optimism of AI, Ajaz commented: “We see these tools as a co-pilot for creativity.”

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Tesa Aragones

AI influencing skills

President, North America AKQA Tesa Aragones commented on increasing teams using AI tools, Tesa said: “Using the technology and the data actually helps us to be more creative.”

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Ajaz Ahmed

Leading by example

CEO and Founder AKQA Ajaz Ahmed joins the Raconteur panel discussion to share his views on the leadership behaviours that foster good relationships.

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Creative Director AKQA Italy Davide Limido has joined the creative jury at LE BOOK’s international event Connections. Celebrating innovative work, people and organisations.

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Gemma Redgrave

Sustainability at Cannes Lions

Marketing Director AKQA Gemma Redgrave spoke with Adweek about Cannes Lions taking sustainability and DEI data into account for award submissions in 2023.

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Eduarda Nieto

Cha Che Chi

Senior Designer AKQA Sweden Eduarda Nieto is speaking at the TDC Conference. This year’s event focuses on the scope of Latin American typography.

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Javier Campopiano

Cannes Lions jury president

Worldwide CCO Grey Javier Campopiano and Global CCO of WPP’s OpenX has been appointed Cannes Lions jury president for the Outdoor Lions category.

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Shu Hung

Inner library child

ECD AKQA Los Angeles Shu Hung speaks with LBB about her creative process. Shu said: “Creativity is part of our experience and manifests in different ways. It’s innate.”

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Clio jury

President and Chief Creative Officer Grey Francisca Maass is joining the Audio jury. AKQA Global Chief Creative Officers Peter Lund and Hugo Veiga join the Design and Digital juries.

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Creative communication

Associate Creative Director AKQA Dubai Taraka TK Tennakoon discussed the debate surrounding AI art with Venture Beat. Sharing insights on how this may impact the creative industry.

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Gerety Awards jury

Group Strategy Director AKQA Sweden Talya Pulver-Lindqvist and whiteGREY’s Head of Strategy Nomfundo Sarah Msomi and Creative Izzie McGrath join the jury.

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Type Directors Club

Amplifying the undeniable power of type design, Senior Art Director AKQA Erika Reyes has been selected for the TDC69 Annual Competition’s Typography jury.

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Doing different

President, North America AKQA Tesa Aragones spoke at the Forbes CMO Summit about growth, and whether marketing is compatible with ensuring a healthier planet and future.

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Finding your ikigai for a purposeful life

President, North America AKQA Tesa Aragones speaks to Adweek about the Japanese concept, ikigai, sharing four aspects for finding purpose and being motivated.

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The great overlap

Group Creative Director AKQA London Paul Ostryzniuk explores how the metaverse provides a new landscape of undiscovered rewards and risks.

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Luiza Baffa

Forbes 30 under 30

AKQA’s São Paulo Managing Director Luiza Baffa has been named on the Forbes Brazil 30 under 30 list of 2021. The list honours the most promising young people in Brazil.

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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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Felix Rompis

Guten Tag Berlin

AKQA has announced Felix Rompis to lead the Berlin studio as Managing Director. Felix said: “I’m humbled to join a team that future-proofs the world’s most innovative brands.”

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Taraka Tennakoon

Always curious about craft

Associate Creative Director AKQA Dubai Taraka Tennakoon speaks to Muse By Clio about the ongoing debate around Artifical Intelligence art.

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Rasmus Keger

A sustainable future together

AKQA has appointed Rasmus Keger, winner of the Cannes Lion Grand Prix 2021 for Sustainable Development Goals, as Group Creative Director for the Stockholm studio.

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Sarah Cunningham

AKQA North America leadership

AKQA has promoted Sarah Cunningham to Director of Client Services in AKQA’s New York studio. Sarah will help lead the studio, its partnerships and client collaborations.

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Hideaki Hara

Navigating inclusion

General Manager AKQA Tokyo Hideaki Hara speaks with Campaign Asia-Pacific about navigating through male allyship in Japan and creating equal workplaces for all genders.

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Group Creative Director AKQA London Jade Tomlin joined MediaCat Magazine podcast. They discussed side quests and how much of life and work goes according to plan.

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Lightness of an insight

Head of Strategy AKQA Italy Lorenzo Foffani joins as a speaker at TOUCH22 discussing how human intuition and wisdom can make the difference in the era of technology and knowledge.

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Jade Tomlin

The cost of care

Group Creative Director AKQA London Jade Tomlin joined SheSays London’s panel to discuss the role of media and creative industries in shaping mainstream views of female carers.

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Paula Santana

Plant a seed

Impact Lead AKQA São Paulo Paula Santana speaks at Maxi Mídia. Paula discusses how the message of sustainability can count on creativity and innovation to reverberate.

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Ajaz Ahmed

Holly Branson interviews Ajaz Ahmed

Ajaz Ahmed joined the 100% Human At Work panel with Chief Purpose and Vision Officer Virgin Group Holly Branson, discussing five ways to build and prioritise a flourishing team.

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Luciana Candi

New ECD of AKQA Portland

Luciana Candi joins as Portland’s Executive Creative Director. Featured in Adweek’s 100 Creative lists Top 18 Executive Creative Directors and has over 20 years of experience in design.

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Ajaz Ahmed

Beyond the CV

Ajaz Ahmed joined The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for a live stream discussion, providing insight into what employers are looking for when recruiting.

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Art Directors Club Italiano

CCO Grey Francesco Bozza and Senior Strategist AKQA Italy Thaina Bergmann have been selected to join the ADCI jury for Radio & Audio and Media.

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Michelle Lassman

Effie Global

Head of Creative AKQA San Francisco Michelle Lassman has been selected to join the global grand jury. Michelle will be judging the Best of the Best category.

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Redefining music

Associate Director of Strategy AKQA Amsterdam Christiana Courtwright features on AMP Amsterdam’s podcast to share her perspective on the unique power of TikTok.

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Richie Babalola

D&AD Meets

Associate Writer AKQA London Richie Babalola speaks with D&AD about how writing poetry from a young age led to a career as a copywriter and creative.

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Eduarda Nieto

The Next Creative Leaders Jury

Senior Designer AKQA Sweden Eduarda Nieto joins as a previous recipient. The competition recognises women and non-binary creatives on the rise who offer a unique view.

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Reawakening creative agencies purpose

Executive Strategy Director AKQA Miriam Plon Sauer spoke to The Drum about genuine changemaking efforts.

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Cannes in Cairns

Managing Partner AKQA APAC Brian Vella Brian and AKQA’s Executive Innovation Director Tim Devine hosted the Creativity in Commerce panel session at Cannes in Cairns.

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Hilary Coe

How I got here

Principal of Experience AKQA San Francisco Hillary Coe speaks about embedding experiences into life and work; her journey from climbing trees as a child to adventures in aerospace.

Sarah Cunningham

The importance of identity

Director of Client Services AKQA New York Sarah Cunningham speaks to Female Founders Breaking Boundaries podcast on the importance of women having their own lives outside of work.

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Agile players

AKQA’s Senior Social Executive Beverney Shane and Creative Strategist Chirag Khushalani have been recognised in Campaign’s Creative Faces to Watch.

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Tim Devine

Inclusive immersion

Executive Innovation Director AKQA Tim Devine speaks with Inavate revolutionary spatial audio in sport. “We want to give some agency back to people who are blind or have low vision.”

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Making the world move forward

Global CCO AKQA Hugo Veiga as jury president of the Cannes Lions Mobile category speaks to Little Black Book about the democratic nature of mobile technology.

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Jon Ip

The innovative needle

Managing Director AKQA Shanghai Jon Ip has been selected to join the jury for the TV, Cinema and Online Film category at the LIA Chinese Creativity Show.

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Jay Osgerby

Loss, legacy and longevity

Universal Design Studio Co-Founder Jay Osgerby discusses his first steps into his career, the growth of Barber Osgerby and his family, with Clever podcast.

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Ros Horner

Design at heart

AKQA AUNZ is supporting young designers in a Cannes Lions competition. Executive Design Director AKQA Ros Horner features explores the new design category.

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Ellen Fromm and Teresa Verde Pinho

See It Be It

Senior Copywriter AKQA Amsterdam Ellen Fromm and Creative AKQA São Paulo Teresa Verde Pinho joins the Cannes Lions bespoke accelerator programme, See It Be It.

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Unpredictable disruption

Executive Technology Director AKQA AUNZ Eric Orton spoke among Sitecore’s partners to share commerce predictions. Eric forecasts the blending of digital and physical experience.

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Strategic sparring partners

Executive Strategy Director AKQA EMEA Miriam Plon Sauer speaks to Danish Marketing Magazine on how to develop the best creative ideas.

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Hugo Veiga

Cannes Lions Jury President

AKQA’s Global Chief Creative Officer Hugo Veiga has been appointed Cannes Lions Jury President for the Mobile Lions category, celebrating device-driven creativity.

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30 Under 30

AKQA São Paulo studios Managing Director Luiza Baffa and Senior Creative Yllo Pedra have been recognised in Meio and Mensagem 30 Under 30 list.

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ADC Awards jury

The ADC 101st Annual awards celebrate the very best of creativity with a focus on artistry and craftsmanship. Jefferson Liu, Axel Nygards from AKQA join as jury members.

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Jade Tomlin

Seven ages of a creative

Group Creative Director AKQA London Jade Tomlin speaks to Creative Review about her journey into the creative industry, changes witnessed during her career, and dreams for the future.

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Brian Vella

Predictions for the year ahead

The Australian Financial Review polled leaders about where the advertising and marketing landscape is heading. Managing Partner AKQA APAC Brian Vella shares his insights.

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Matias Menendez and Luiza Baffa

Matias Menendez joins AKQA

AKQA welcomes Matias Menendez as Executive Creative Director for São Paulo. Alongside Managing Director Luiza Baffa, Matias will lead the Brazilian operations.

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A one to one world

Managing Director AKQA Europe Romain Lartigue and Managing Director AKQA Denmark Steffen Blauenfeldt Otkjaer explores the evolution of direct-to-consumer strategies.

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Diego Machado

D&AD jury

Chief Creative Officer AKQA Diego Machado joins the Experiential jury at the D&AD Awards for 2022. The awards set a benchmark for creative excellence in design and advertising.

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Next creative leaders

AKQA’s Senior Art Director Paula Essig and Senior Designer Eduarda Nieto have been named as winners for the Next Creative Leaders 2021 by The One Club for Creativity.

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Eurobest 2021 Jury Panel

Group Creative Director AKQA London Jade Tomlin, Creative Chairman and CSO Uncle Grey Lars Samuelsen and President and CCO Grey London Laura Jordan Bambach join the jury.

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Direct from China

AKQA Shanghai’s Head of Strategy Eva Qin and Senior Strategist Ivy Wen presented at the Alibaba 11:11 global Shopping Festival.

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Gus Machado

Setting the benchmark

The IAB MIXX Awards celebrates the best of advertising and digital marketing in Uruguay. Senior Copywriter AKQA São Paulo Gus Machado is joining the International jury.

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The future of brand building

Executive Strategy Director AKQA Copenhagen Miriam Plon Sauer discusses key strategies related to brand building, strategy, valuation and performance at this year's Web Summit.

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Arendse Rohland


Copywriter AKQA Copenhagen Arense Rohland speaks to Little Black Book on why the best ideas are hiding in plain sight and the importance of the dinner table.

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Sandipan Bhattacharyya

Borderless talent

Sandipan Bhattacharyya has been promoted to the newly created role of Chief Creative Officer Grey Group, South Asia. Sandipan said: “I’m excited to collaborate on ideas that have a global footprint.”

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Tahir Yousuf joins Grey Pakistan

Grey Pakistan appoints Tahir Yousuf as Managing Director. He will be responsible for delivering effective and innovative solutions to clients, collaborating with Grey’s other studios.

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Tarek Sioufi

Grey London's new CSO

Tarek Sioufi appointed Chief Strategy Officer Grey London. President and CCO Grey London Laura Jordan Bambach said: “He’s dynamic, knowledgeable and brings a wealth of wisdom.”

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Grey Health & Wellness Expands

Morten V. Frederiksen, President of Grey H&W EMEA, will lead the team to grow health and wellness brands. “We will help businesses adapt to ever-evolving consumer patterns.”

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Grey unveils new leadership team

Laura Maness, Grey CEO, alongside Javier Campopiano, Grey CCO, appoint new hires and promotions for Grey Global and Grey New York.

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Most influential

Chairperson and Group CEO AutumnGrey Anusha Shetty named one of IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women. Recognising contribution and inspiring leadership.

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Lee Simpson

Bringing the extraordinary to the everyday

CEO whiteGREY Lee Simpson speaks to Little Black Book about his accomplished career path, the platform orchestration agency model and emerging client trends.

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Nur El Shami Chief Operating Officer, Grey new York

Nur has a wealth of experience driving transformation, navigating diverse creative fields. Nur is an invaluable leader, focusing on delivering the best work and evolving team infrastructures.

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Grey hires Laura Visco as Global Chief Creative Officer

Laura will oversee international accounts, including The Coca-Cola Company. CCO Grey Javier Campopiano said: “Laura has a unique way to relentlessly create change.”

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Design and Innovation Lead at Potato Taavi Kelle has been featured in the BIMA 100, Creatives and Designers category.

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Jesse Wong

Building success

Creative Director Jesse Wong GREYnJ United has been recognised as one of Adweek’s 100 creative talents to watch.

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Arturo Macouze

Behind the idea

Creative Director Grey Arturo Macouze speaks to Creative Pool about the concept of Isa’s Quinceañera for Pantene. Exploring the concept process, challenges faced and the teams overall goal.

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A boost of creativity

Grey Malaysia has appointed two new Deputy Executive Creative Directors. Heng Thang Wei has been promoted from Creative Director along with new hire Jeremy Yeoh.

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Campaign BIG Awards panel

President and CCO Grey London Laura Jordan-Bambach and Group Creative Director AKQA Jade Tomlin are joining the judging panel to celebrate the best of British advertising.

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Distrust in the air

Creative Director Grey Ron Lewis speaks with Muse by Clio about tackling health inequity, the growing distrust in science and the advent of home as point of care.

Fran Luckin

Woman of the Year

CCO Grey Africa Fran Luckin voted Woman of the Year in MarkLives’ Agency Leaders Most Admired poll 2021 in Africa. Honouring women who play a pivotal role in the industry.

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Davi Sing Liu

Grey’s first CCO for P&G AMEA

Davi will be part of Grey’s P&G Global Leadership Team in Shanghai, partnering with Sarah Trombetta to set the creative vision and direction for P&G’s portfolio of iconic brands.

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Tim Devine

Sustainable marketing

Executive Innovation Director AKQA AUNZ Tim Devine joins IAB Australia to review consumer trends and marketing approaches for sustainable products and marketplaces.

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The power of humour

CCO Grey Africa Fran Luckin speaks to Business Live about the the power of humour as a tool in adverts. Fran said: “It’s tragic that brands are afraid of using humour because they fear they may offend someone.”

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Francisca Maass

New President of Grey Germany

Grey Germany has appointed CCO Francisca Maass to the role of President. In her new role, Maass will take on responsibility for Grey’s continued growth in Germany.

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Amber Guild

Grey hires Amber Guild

Grey has hired New York Times Executive Amber Guild to lead the New York office. Amber had served as president of the Times' T Brand branded content arm.

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Loeries 2021 Young Creatives

Grey South Africa’s Copywriter Tyler Lambert and Art Director Kevin Radebe have been named as the winners of the Loeries Young Creatives award.

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Peter Alsante

Peter Alsante joins Grey New York

Peter Alsant joins Grey New York as Executive Creative Director. Peter led the team that won acclaim, including one Emmy and 11 Cannes Lions.

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From imagination to realisation

AKQA Shanghai’s Creative Director MeeYee Foong and Technical Creative Director Buboy Paguio delivered a keynote at AdStars discussing leveraging new technologies.

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JongeHonden 2021

Copywriter Felipe Duarte and Senior Art Director Rick Garcia from AKQA Amsterdam have won the JongeHonden (Dutch Young Lions).

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Rakesh Rachamalla

The e-commerce revolution

Managing Director AKQA Sydney Rakesh Rachamalla speaks to AdNews regarding the e-commerce revolution, the role of CX and what brand leaders need to consider.

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B&T Women Leading Tech Awards

Managing Director AKQA AUNZ Alisia Muscat hosted a panel while AKQA’s Camila Acosta, Engineering Lead was shortlisted in the engineering category, Mel Huang received the highly commended award in the design category.

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The most inspiring talent

Principal of Experience AKQA San Francisco Hillary Coe and ECD Grey New York Andre Gray are honoured in this year’s Adweek’s Creative 100.

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Matt Townsend

Leading brand summit

Executive Product Director AKQA Auckland Matt Townsend presented a keynote at New Zealand’s leading brand summit sharing insights regarding the future of experiences.

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Florence Ng

The Drum Awards jury 2021

The Drum Awards for Digital Advertising APAC recognises the most effective and innovative work. Creative Director AKQA Shanghai Florence Ng has been selected to join the jury.

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Dan Dowden-Brown

New Delivery Director appointed at Potato

Dan Dowden-Brown joins Potato as Delivery Director for its US operation. Dan joins from AKQA where he was Delivery Director, bringing a wealth of client experience.

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Alisia Muscat

Breaking perceptions

Managing Director AKQA AUNZ Alisia Muscat speaks to BandT, reflecting on her thirteen-year career as a woman leading in tech and how vital diversity is as a core value.

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Hideaki Hara

AKQA Tokyo’s new General Manager

Hideaki Hara has been promoted to AKQA Tokyo’s new General Manager, leading the studio’s business in Japan. A Client Partner who has worked with Nike, Google, Itochu and more.

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Jon Ip

Jon Ip to lead Shanghai

Jon Ip has been appointed Managing Director for AKQA Shanghai. The move comes after three successful years of Sam Sterling’s leadership.

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The Drum’s UK Digital Agency Census

Executive Creative Director AKQA Johnny Budden speaks to the Drum about how AKQA has kept up its culture of excellence while colleagues and creatives are working apart.

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Yolanda Haynesworth

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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Gemma Redgrave

Rising stars inspiring change

Marketing Director AKQA London Gemma Redgrave has been named in The Dots rising stars inspiring change list, spotlighted for transforming today’s industry.

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Hillary Coe

Hillary Coe joins AKQA

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.

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Luiza Baffa

AKQA São Paulo leadership team

At AKQA São Paulo Luiza Baffa has been promoted to Managing Director leading the studio, its partnerships and client collaborations.

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WPP named a gender equality

The Equileap Global Report assessed 3,702 publicly-listed companies across 19 gender equality criteria. Including the pay gap and policies relating to parental leave and sexual harassment

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AKQA Perspectives

Reasons to ignore the status quo this year

Grey Copenhagen, Potato San Francisco, AKQA Shanghai and Melbourne crowd-sourced a list of 21 emerging trends that have the potential to change our trajectory and excite us for 2021.

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Female Frontier

Grey Global Client Leader Debby Reiner and Executive Creative Director Grey Africa Steph van Niekerk were recognised in the 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.

Bianca Dordea

Joins AKQA in San Francisco as Client Partner

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

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The best workplace for the future

After honouring AKQA as Agency of the Year, Creativepool asked Talent Partnerships Manager Gemma Redgrave, about working at AKQA and what’s expected in 2021.

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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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Grey Africa appoints Creative Director

Grey Africa welcomes TJ Njozela as Creative Director. TJ believes that the power in advertising lies in its ability to affect people on a psychological and emotional level.

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Grey London’s new Managing Directors

Grey has appointed Nathan Gainford and Jonny Tennant-Price as joint Managing Directors, the new roles are designed to help support creative product, culture and operations.

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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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Kathy Liu

Grey China new Head of Strategy

Kathy said: “I am delighted to take on this role and look forward to partnering with our clients to deliver truly transformative results for their brand and business.”

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Daisy Bard and Orla O’Connor

Future Leaders 2021

Grey London’s Daisy Bard and Orla O’Connor are two of Campaign’s top 30 female, non-binary and gender non-conforming rising stars.

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Andre G. Gray

Andre G. Gray joins Grey

Grey New York welcomes Andre G. Gray as an Executive Creative Director. CCO Grey New York Justine Armour said: “Andre is committed to advocating for underrepresented voices.”

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Yukiko Ochiai

Recognising International Women’s Day

Campaign Asia speaks to President and CEO Grey Tokyo Yukiko Ochiai to share her thoughts on the best ways for brands to mark International Women’s Day.

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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.”

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.


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

AKQA Global CCO Diego Machado spoke with The Drum about engaging junior talent during this disorienting and intensely frustrating time.

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Laura Jordan Bambach

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.

Sam Sterling

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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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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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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Simon Jefferson

Accelerating trends

Managing Partner Simon Jefferson speaks to Top Interactive Agencies. 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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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.

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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.

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Alisia Muscat

Leading through a crisis

Managing Director Alisia Muscat speaks to B&T. Alisia said: “We’ve empowered the team to lead the way, tell us how 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 Brian Vella on how retailers are increasing their digital footprint.

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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 take steps now to build a robust business.”

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Hugo Veiga

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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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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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 communications 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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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.

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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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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, most importantly – 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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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. Covering how China is globally leading the way.

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The future of personalisation

AKQA and Amazon held thought leadership and networking sessions for clients, friends and partners. Unpacking the trends, challenges and forecasts for ‘the future of personalisation’.

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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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Hugo Veiga and Diego Machado

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 autonomy to make decisions.”

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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.

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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, examining building and maintaining a collaborative, creative working environment.

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Andy Hood and Steffen Otkjær

AI will change civilisation

AKQA Copenhagen 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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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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Ron Lewis

A rising star

Global Creative Director Grey Health and Wellness Ron Lewis has been named one of Business Insider’s 50 rising stars of Madison Avenue who are revolutionising advertising.

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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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5G’s Impact on retail

Technology Director Shanghai, Steven Gutteridge shared his thoughts 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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Woke and Wonderful

Diverse people and diverse perspectives

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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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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Empower Conference

Towards a Level Playing Field

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

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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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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.

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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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AKQA Tree of Lights app plants 1k trees

Group Creative Director Ginny Golden 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.”

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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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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

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, AKQA Atlanta started Monday off with mentorship – hosting 30 advertising students from the University of Georgia’s Ad Club.

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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.

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Women Who Code

AKQA Portland opened its doors for a networking night in partnership with Women Who Code.

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AKQA Insight with Bea Johnson

AKQA London were joined by Bea Johnson, author of the best-selling book and blog, Zero Waste Home – the story of how. Bea shared the life-changing effects of living simply.

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Karen Civil

AKQA Insight Karen Civil

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

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Richa Khandelwal

Women Who Code

Nike Technical Lead Richa Khandelwal led the Introduction to the Command Line workshop from AKQA Director of Technical Operations Edd Bignell, in partnership with Women Who Code.

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Be Bold For Change

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.