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Meet The Drum Awards for Digital Advertising 2021 jury

Meet The Drum Awards for Digital Advertising 2021 jury

When creativity and technology come together effectively, digital advertising delivers. The Drum Awards for Digital Advertising highlights the very best of digital media and the technology that sits behind the world’s most effective campaigns.

This awards programme recognises work in EMEA and the Americas and is now open for entry, so make sure you enter by Wednesday 20 January.

This year’s jury includes experts from IAB UK, The 7 Stars, Vodafone, VIOOH, A Million Ads, LadBible Group, The Programmatic Advisory, Croud, Lab Group and Innovid, with more to be announced.

Who’s who?

Below are 14 of this year’s jury members, with further names to be added daily:

Amir Malik
Accenture
Amir Malik
managing director, growth marketing
As a digital marketing exper, Malik specialises in martech and adtech services, and data-driven advertising for Accenture Interactive. He began his career in digital advertising working for Google, focusing on real time optimisation for search advertising. He then joined Microsoft to improve the business's search response optimisation platform for marketers. After working for these two technology companies, he ran the commercial and digital transformation programme at the Daily Mail Group and devised an aggressive programmatic strategy focusing on data acquisition and performance marketing. Alongside his digital role at Accenture Interactive, Amir is the Accent on Ethnicity Lead for the company and represents the leadership team for inclusion and diversity.
I am thrilled to collaborate with some amazing talent to celebrate the innovation within our industry right now. Highlighting the cutting edge in digital advertising has never been more important.
Christian Juhl
GroupM
Christian Juhl
global chief executive officer
One of the “100 people who make advertising great” according to the 4A’s, Juhl is global chief executive officer of GroupM. A member of WPP’s executive leadership team and a key player in WPP becoming a creative transformation company, he is ensuring that GroupM continues to be a powerful growth driver for WPP. Prior, Juhl served as global global chief executive officer of GroupM’s Essence, a data and measurement-driven global agency. He joined Essence in 2013 to lead North America after spending 14 years at Razorfish.
Judging work that teams have dedicated their hearts and minds to bring to life is an honor. It's always a source of pride to see the inventive ways our collective talent across the industry solves their clients' challenges, and I'm always inspired by how the teams push our industry in new directions. In this past year of change, transformation, and resiliency for all of us, I can't wait to see how the teams connected with people in new ways.
Tina Lakhani
IAB UK
Tina Lakhani
head of ad tech
Lakhani is head of ad tech at IAB UK, the industry body for digital advertising. Her remit includes facilitating discussion and collaboration among the ad tech community to address mutual challenges, with a current focus on user ID, brand safety and transparency. She is also the UK liaison for the US based IAB Tech Lab; working to educate and drive adoption of market standards. From a technical perspective, Lakhani inputs on industry taskforces and the IAB Gold Standard.
There is so much innovation and creativity in the way that our industry uses data and technology to deliver effective digital advertising and I am really excited to be judging The Drum’s Digital Awards, celebrating the people and the tech behind the ads. From smart planning to thoughtful use of data to cutting-edge anti-fraud solutions, many factors feed into an effective campaign, all of which deserve celebrating. I’ll be looking for the unique ideas and fearless innovation that’s helping to drive our industry forward.
Michelle Sarpong
The 7 Stars
Michelle Sarpong
trading director
Sarpong is an experienced marketer in driving omni channel solutions, with a demonstrated history of working in some of the biggest media agencies in the UK. Her experience spans multi-channel and multi-vertical from FMCG, auto, retail, tech, ents and everything in between. She is currently trading director at the7Stars, the largest independent agency driving commercial growth and innovation within the market.
I want to be a part of the collaborative team and process of celebrating the campaigns that really thrived and came through for their consumers in a year like no other. What I am looking for are brands that were undeniably forward thinking in their approach and agile in a disruptive market.2020 was very much about navigating a new world and overcoming challenges we may not have encountered before. I want to highlight campaigns that were able to balance driving business impact as well as having consumers interest at the heart of the campaign.
Richard Kanolik
Vodafone
Richard Kanolik
head of programmatic
Kanolik began learning his craft during his four years at the7stars media agency, later moving to Omnicom Media Group to onboard their then new account Volkswagen Group. Swapping automotive for telecoms, and agency for client side, he recently made the switch to Vodafone to head up the programmatic team with his first task being, in-housing for the UK.
There is always so much talent and innovation within the industry and I have no doubt this will be on show once again in what was a difficult 2020. I am looking forward to seeing how the industry reacted to the current events to deliver best in class campaigns and results for their clients.
Jean-Christophe Conti
VIOOH
Jean-Christophe Conti
chief executive officer
With over 25 years of industry experience, Conti joined VIOOH when the business launched in 2018. He leads a team of digital out of home and ad tech experts in developing and managing VIOOH’s platform and is also responsible for driving the business’ continued growth. Prior to joining VIOOH, Conti's wide-ranging and international experience included roles in various media and ad tech companies as well as telcos, managing large multi-market commercial and product teams. He held senior roles at Yahoo!, where he spent over 10 years, latterly as vice president, partnerships group for the EMEA region. Following this, he was vice president managing the publishers business unit, EMEA at AppNexus.
As the shift towards a digital-first world continues at pace, there has perhaps never been a more relevant time to celebrate the best that digital media has to offer. These awards recognise a modern approach to successful advertising by focusing on the very best of what can be achieved when creativity and technology collide. In today’s challenging climate, where positive and responsible messaging is taking centre stage alongside effectiveness, The Drum Awards for Digital Advertising represent a great opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate its most impactful work.
Niki Stoker
A Million Ads
Niki Stoker
chief operating officer
Securing her first MD role at the age of 36, Stoker has over 20 years experience in the digital advertising space, with a special focus on creative and technology. Since co-founding Rabbit and Hare in 201, her talent has won her widespread recognition and seen her take multiple leadership positions, as well as a seat at the boardroom tables of Tangozebra, Doubleclick, Flashtalking, Tribal Fusion, Exponential, Scoota and Mobsta. Stoker is passionate about empowering people. She is an active member of the DLL and has been an industry coach and mentor for 15 years, encouraging people to maximise their skills and potential. Most recently she was a mentor for Adweek’s global virtual speed mentoring session.
Being amongst the calibre of judges on this year's Drum Awards for Digital Advertising demonstrates how important and influential the awards are, so I am ecstatic to be included and have the chance to share my thoughts. Mostly I am intrigued to see how brands and agencies have navigated this challenging climate through the clever use of creativity, tech, innovation not forgetting empathy in order to reach consumers in a meaningful and contextually relevant way.
Stevie Antonioni
LADbible Group
Stevie Antonioni
head of display and programmatic sales
Antonioni joined LADbible Group in August 2020 to help establish and grow the display and programmatic offering. She started her career with ITV, and has gone on to amass a wealth of experience in the digital content and advertising space, specialising in digital, publisher and programmatic sales with roles at large scale publishers including Hearst Magazines, The Telegraph Group and Trinity Mirror. Prior to joining LADbible Group, she was commercial director at Dentsu, where she was responsible for launching the first specialist Native DSP within a large agency group.
I believe that to deliver truly exceptional digital campaign performance, you need to have great products and ideas, as well as a team of people working together, to the same end goal! Now more than ever collaboration is so important, and I’m looking forward to seeing entries that showcase not only best in class product, but also the behind the scenes magic that will ultimately allow everyone to win, businesses and clients alike.
Danielle Stewart
The Programmatic Advisory
Danielle Stewart
senior programmatic consultant
Having previously led a global trading team, Stewart's vast programmatic experience spans many verticals, channels, and aspects of campaign activation. She is currently a senior programmatic consultant at The Programmatic Advisory, where she is responsible for aiding brands to mature their programmatic approaches to best-in-class solutions. She is also a regular trainer for both the IAB UK and The Programmatic University, educating marketers on both the basics and more advanced topics surrounding programmatic.
During an unpredictable time for many businesses, I’m looking forward to seeing examples of how the industry is continuing to push forward with innovation and creativity. With the increase of screen time comes the issue of screen fatigue - with this in mind, I’m particularly interested to see how consumer attention has effectively been captured through the use of creativity, technology and data to drive business outcomes. Credit is truly due to those partners and brands who have been able to cut through the noise, so I’m excited to be joining this year’s panel to see what the entrants have to offer!
Connie Delbono
Croud
Connie Delbono
biddabe director
Del Bono has over eight years specialist experience in Biddable and often speaks on matters of privacy, SPO, brand safety and cross-channel strategy. Her experience in programmatic, paid social and paid search leads her to push the boundaries and find the perfect equilibrium between brand equity and performance across an array of clients in the US and, historically in the UK and Singapore. During her time in the field of Biddable, clients have included Reckitt Benckiser, Toyota, Kohls, Simon Malls, AMC Networks, TickPick, TheStreet and FIFA.
I am not looking for a spectacular use of language and long winding paragraphs, but entries which have an authentic combination of strategy, creativity and results. The past year has been tough on brands and agencies alike, and I am excited to see what has been born out of the turmoil.
Harpreet Bushell
LAB Group
Harpreet Bushell
group chief growth officer
Bushell has over 13 years’ experience in driving business across digital services, products and licences, with expertise in marketing, sales, partner management, analyst relations and client services. Extremely active in the tech community, recent highlights include being named a Sitecore MVP three years running, invitation into the Forbes Business Development Council, 2019 BD100 award, 2020 BIMA100 and being a member of the BIMA Diversity and Inclusion council.
The possibilities tech and digital can bring us is often only limited by our imagination and willingness to change. The pandemic has given us the opportunity to push these boundaries further and faster than ever, which is why I'm so excited about judging these awards this year. I’m excited to see how entrants have successfully blurred the line between creativity and tech and been able to resonate with audiences at such a volatile time.
Stephanie Geno
Innovid
Stephanie Geno
senior vice president, marketing
Geno oversees Innovid's global integrated marketing and communications efforts. She has demonstrated a fearlessness and force of intellect that few can match in her 15 years in media and martech. Being one of the few women of colour who has reached a prestigious level in her career, Geno is adamant about paying it forward to the next generation. She has been a thought leader for programs such as CES 2020 and Brand Innovator's Women in Marketing where she shared her real-world experience in fighting for access and opportunity within marketing and technology.
Getting a behind the scenes look at the most compelling campaigns of 2020 from the industry's top brands, agencies and vendors is a privilege and unique opportunity considering the complexity of the last year for the industry and consumers alike. I’m excited to see learn how companies adapted to continue driving innovation and audience impact in a challenging environment.
Zuzanna Geirlinska
Google
Zuzanna Geirlinska
country manager, Poland
Gierlinska is a seasoned digital leader with 20 year experience as an industry pioneer across adtech, martech and publishers. Joining Google in 2020, she leads the agency and client direct teams focused on helping Polish businesses develop and grow through digital. Prior rolse saw her driving automation, programmatic and data management divisions at Spotify, Oracle and Microsoft. Gierlinska is a long time champion of applying data and technology to drive innovation and deliver results.
I’m delighted to be joining this year's jury and having the privilege of seeing all the great work. Often the best creativity is driven out of adversity and the spread of judging categories will provide a great showcase of this. During this last very challenging year companies have been doubling down on leveraging the best of technology and data to ensure they can continue to be their customers. I am looking forward to these examples of innovation and excited that we are going to see these efforts recognised.
Catarina Bartoli
Media Kitchen
Catarina Bartoli
executive vice president
Bartoli brings strategic expertise and campaign execution experience to a wide range of accounts at the Media Kitchen, ranging from financial services, CPG, eCommerce, travel and entertainment. Prior to joining The Media Kitchen, she worked at both large and small agencies, including FCB Draft, TBWA Chiat/Day and OMD, where she was vital in the development of the newly formed print strategy department. In addition to her client duties, as a mother of three Caterina serves as a role model and informal advisor for Media Kitchen moms and dads – a critical role during this time of upheaval. Named a “Working Mother of the Year,” a strong motivator for Caterina has been showing other working women, especially young moms, that you can balance a successful career and personal life.
2020 changed everything and marketers needed to respond to that change. Great marketers did so successfully. At its essence, media planning is the use of art and science to solve marketing problems. And because there is rarely just one way to solve a given problem, I am endlessly fascinated to see how different people arrive at solutions.