Amit Akali only Indian to be Spikes Asia 2017 jury prez

05 Jul,2017

By A Correspondent


Amit Akali

Spikes Asia has announced the Jury Presidents who will lead the 14 juries at this year’s Festival, taking place from September 27 to 29 in Singapore and Amit Akali, Chief Creative Officer, Medulla Communication is the only Indian who figures in this list.


The Festival which received over 5,000 entry submissions from 30 countries last year is billed as APACs biggest celebration of creative communications. The jury presidents will evaluate the work while the festival takes place over the course of three days with the winners celebrated at the awards ceremony on September 29.


“The Jury Presidents are key to ensuring that the juries maintain their vision of the standard they want to set for the industry and the direction they want to take as a collective. We’re honoured and delighted to have such a breadth of creative greats involved this year to lead these discussions on creativity in the region,” said Andrea Hayes, Festival Director, Spikes Asia.


“The Asia Pacific region is a melting pot of innovation, craft and outstanding creativity and we’ve seen how effective this is in generating real results for brands and real engagement from consumers. Spikes Asia is committed to providing a platform to showcase the very best of Asia Pacific’ creativity to the rest of the world and our jury presidents share the same vision,” added Terry Savage, Co-Chairman, Cannes Lions.


The 2017 Jury Presidents are announced as:

Creative Effectiveness: Jean-Paul Burge, Chairman & CEO, BBDO Asia, APAC

Design: Johnny Tan, Executive Creative Director, 72andSunny, Asia Pacific

Digital, Mobile and Digital Craft: Yasuharu Sasaki, Executive Creative Director and Head of Digital Creative, Dentsu Inc., Japan

Direct and Promo & Activation: Mark Tutssel – Global Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Worldwide and Creative Chairman, Publicis Communications, Global

Entertainment: Jeremy Craigen, Global Chief Creative Officer, INNOCEAN Worldwide, Global

Film, Print & Publishing, Print & Outdoor Craft and Integrated: Kate Stanners, Chairwoman and Global Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi, Global

Healthcare: Amit Akali, Chief Creative Officer, Medulla Communications, India

Film Craft: Jo de Fina – Executive Producer & Founder, The OTTO Empire, Australia

Innovation: Bessie Lee, Founder & CEO, Withinlink, China

Media: Danny Bass, CEO, IPG Mediabrands Australia

Music: Kazoo Sato, Chief Creative Officer/Executive Creative Director, TBWA\HAKUHODO, Japan

Outdoor and Radio: Josh Moore, Chief Creative Officer & CEO, Y&R ANZ, Australia and New Zealand

PR: Debby Cheung, President, Ogilvy Public Relations, China/Hong Kong


Spikes Asia registration and entries are open and further details, including category descriptions, entry rules, key dates and deadlines can be found at



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