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New York Festivals Advertising Awards 2021 Executive Jury Confirms 25 Members

NYF taps 25 leaders from five continents to join the 2021 executive jury with Ralf Heuel as jury president

New York Festivals Advertising Awards 2021 Executive Jury Confirms 25 Members

New York Festivals Advertising Awards has announced the 25-member 2021 NYF executive jury of international award-winning creative leaders to judge entries submitted into New York Festivals Advertising Awards.

Executive jury president, Ralf Heuel, chief creative officer and partner of Grabarz & Partner Germany, will preside over this elite panel of chief creative officers and executive creative directors from around the globe.

With 28 years of industry experience, Ralf brings both leadership and creativity to the role of executive jury president. Previously as a creative director, and then as CCO, Ralf made the agency one of the most creative locations in the country, in the process repeatedly propelling Grabarz & Partner into the top five of the most creative German agencies.

About the key elements that will set the tone for the executive jury judging sessions, Ralf said: “Keep your respect for the work, keep your mind open, and look for the best pieces of work.” His dedication to respecting the work, combined with his understanding of the creative process will ensure that Ralf will set a tone of objectivity making sure that all global work will be judged with fair and meticulous attention.

“We’re thrilled that Ralf Heuel will lead this year’s executive jury,” said Scott Rose, executive director, New York Festivals Advertising Awards. “With a reputation as an innovative leader known for ground-breaking creative, he will lead the executive jury of 24 creative minds dedicated to the quality and aesthetic of creative advertising to select this year’s award-winning work as well as the newly unveiled special awards, the Pivot and the Signal.”

- Ralf Heuel

“I love it (Signal Award) because it is not disconnected from the world we live in; it is highly connected to the situation we are in and that is what makes advertising and communication relevant. It’s a beautiful idea,” added Ralf.

This is the 11th year that New York Festivals has brought together a panel of globally respected innovators from ground-breaking agencies to view brave creative work from around the globe.

The executive jury will convene for multiple passionate and focused discussions to select the World’s Best Advertising from the shortlisted entries selected by the online NYF grand jury.


2021 Executive Jury
Ralf Heuel - executive jury president // chief creative officer and partner, Grabarz & Partner, Germany
Sandra Bold, global creative director, Publicis, Italy
Alexis Bronstorph, chief creative officer, Taxi, Canada
Christian Caldwell, VP, chief creative officer, McCann Lima, Peru
Cindy Yan Chen, partner / chief strategy officer, Focus Media Group, China
Lexi Corn, creative director, Iris Atlanta, USA
PJ Eales, executive creative director, Machine Cape Town, South Africa
Ioana Filip, SVP global executive creative director, Energy BBDO, USA
Chris Gokiert, chief creative officer, Critical Mass, Canada
Aste Gutierrez, creative director, Droga5, USA
Kia Heinnen, creative director, Droga5, USA
Takahiro Hosoda, executive creative director, TBWA HAKUHODO, Japan
Michelle Lassman, head of creative, AKQA, USA
Myles Lord, managing creative director, Serviceplan, Germany
Sandra Luciano, creative director retail, Saatchi & Saatchi, USA
Anil Nair, chief executive officer, VMLY&R, India
Sergio Leon Novoa, VP of content and experience, Sancho BBDO, Colombia
Viral Pandya, partner, Cog Digital, India
Allison Pierce, global chief creative officer, Intel VMLY&R, USA
Jason Romeyko, worldwide executive creative director, Serviceplan, Germany
Ramanuj Shastry, co-founder, Infectious Advertising, India
David Weinstock, partner and chief creative officer, Decoded Advertising, USA
Polina Zabrodskaya, creative director, AMVBBDO, United Kingdom
Nicolas Zarlenga, chief creative officer and partner, The Juju, Argentina
Kevin Zung, chief operating officer, WMcCann, Brazil

All entries into the 2021 NYF Advertising Awards competition will be judged by 400+ members of NYF’s executive jury and grand jury, a panel of prominent global creative minds, who collectively cast over 400,000+ votes to select the World’s Best Advertising.

The deadline to enter the 2021 New York Festivals Advertising Awards is 26th February 2021. Click here for more information on categories, rules and regulations or to review the 2021 entry guide. To enter this year’s competition, click here.

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