WARC Awards for Asian Strategy: 2021 Judges
Chair of Judges
Assistant Chief Executive, Marketing Group, Singapore Tourism Board
Lynette is responsible for building the Singapore destination brand globally and helms the global marketing efforts of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). In 2017, Lynette launched the Passion Made Possible brand. She is also an Advisor to the SG Brand Office that oversees the guardianship of the SG Brand across the government.
Chief Strategy Officer, India & South East Asia, Havas Group
A Chevening Scholar awarded by British Commonwealth, Charu comes with more than two decades of digital, creative and media strategy experience across Fortune 500 brands like P&G, GSK, Samsung, FOX Network, RB and Nokia in APAC, MENA and Global remits.
Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard Vietnam
Antoin is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with over 15 years’ experience in the drinks industry. Having held various roles within sales, marketing and trade marketing functions spanning 10 countries across Europe, the Middle East and more recently Asia, where he holds his current position, Antoin brings a wealth of commercial and marketing knowledge, cultural insight, consumer understanding and international brand development experience.
Bitop Das Gupta
AVP & Strategy Lead, Grey Group Bangladesh
With 12 years of experience in brand communications, Bitop is a hybrid strategist with expertise in strategic thinking, creative communication, digital strategy and content. He has been with Grey Dhaka for more than a decade and has risen up to be a home-grown planner believing in the credo of solving business problems with creativity and producing famously effective works.
Head of Marketing & Brand Strategy, Samsonite
Hazlina has worked in various industries and functions, namely brand management, marketing communications and business development. With more than 10 years of experience, she has a proven track record of spearheading and setting up new brands and categories to drive business growth and incorporate new thinking in digital marketing strategies.
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Manulife Philippines
Since joining Manulife in March 2015, Melissa has taken on an increasing scope of responsibilities, spanning brand marketing, customer engagement, data analytics and product management. Prior to this, she spent over 10 years in consumer banking, both in the US and the Philippines, where she held leadership roles in customer acquisition and retention, as well as digital banking.
Strategic Planning Director, TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno
Issa has 27 years’ experience in the advertising industry, first in account management before moving to strategic planning 15 years ago. Issa’s planning experience spans a wide range of sectors including FMCG, automotive, financial services and real estate. Today at TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno, she leads the strategy for some of the company’s largest brands, including Del Monte, Alaska, and Peerless Products.
Senior Director, Consumer Marketing, Visa Asia Pacific
Alex is responsible for driving continuous improvement in marketing effectiveness and delivering best-in-class creative and data-driven marketing programmes. He brings over 17 years’ experience across sales and marketing in B2C and B2B capacities across a range of industries. He previously held marketing leadership roles across multiple categories and brands at P&G across Asia Pacific.
Stuart La Brooy
Senior Marketing Director, Strategic Partnerships, Diageo
Stuart leads brand building for Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Tanqueray, Smirnoff, Don Julio, Baileys, and over 50 other brands across Asia. Prior to this, in Procter & Gamble, he pioneered prestige beauty brand SK-II’s influencer and digital innovation strategy worldwide, including its award-winning work with influencer and celebrities, and the world first partnership with Google to create SK-II/YouTube Beauty Bound Asia.
Chief Marketing Officer, Advance Intelligence Group
Mi was previously Senior Vice President of Marketing and Events at South China Morning Post. Before that, she was Global Head of Business Partnerships and Content Marketing at the Financial Times working in both New York and London. She holds a master's degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Communication University of China.
Nhan Mai Ngoc
Senior Brand Manager, Lifebuoy, Unilever Vietnam
Joining Unilever Vietnam as its Management Trainee in 2016, Nhan has been responsible for some of Unilever biggest brands, with experience from both global and local perspectives. Nhan is a champion of Data Driven Marketing and sees media as more than a platform for brand communication, but a means through which creativity drives performance, with the potential to drive constant interaction and loyalty creation.
Vice President, Global CX & Marketing, Japan Airlines
Akira brings over 30 years of aviation industry experience and has held multiple leadership roles within the company, including his previous role as VP of Products and Services. Akira has been named one of Asia’s Best Marketers and among the 50 Most Influential Global Marketing Leaders. He currently serves as an advisory member of several boards.
President and CEO, Interbrand
Namiki has extensive experience across business, management, strategy and brand consulting, including PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Service, PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Service, Globalpraxis, McKinsey and Company, and most recently Kurt Salmon. He has worked with a wide variety of clients spanning fashion and apparel, retail, manufacturing, high-tech, consumer goods, financial services, food-service industries, infrastructure, airlines, railways and gaming.
National Sales Manager, Kara Marketing Malaysia
Nicholas is a seasoned marketer in the FMCG and IT industries. He has experience in both MNCs (Unilever, Henkel & Hewlett-Packard) and regional medium-sized companies (A. Clouet & Co). He was also a Gold winner at the 2019 Malaysian CMO Awards. In his current role he has used data to drive year-on-year business revenue growth.
Regional Marketing Lead (Branding & Partnerships), Shopee
Huiyan currently oversees various aspects of Shopee’s marketing efforts in the region, including content marketing, public relations, strategic partnerships and creative production. Huiyan boasts 10 years of advertising and content marketing experience, working with brands across multiple consumer verticals including FMCG, travel and tech. She previously started and led the APAC business for StyleHaul, the online multi-channel style and beauty network.
Head, L'Oréal, Wavemaker
Avinash boasts experience working across markets in Asia and MENA. A strategy die-hard, he has deep interest in consumer insights, communication planning, emerging media and creative thinking. Avinash was twice nominated Southeast Asia’s Strategic Planner of the Year by Campaign Asia. At GroupM, he was recognised for his relentless excellence.
Chief Performance Officer, Mindshare APAC
Nathalie leads performance, e-commerce and data-driven marketing strategies across the region. With experience in the advertising and technology industry, she has led functions and built teams in ad-tech, sales, operations & product commercialisation across the US, EMEA and APAC. Prior to leading Mindshare APAC’s Performance Team, she was Global Digital Marketing Director at iflix, where she launched 28 markets in less than 12 months.
Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer, VMLY&R Asia
Hari has been a part of (VML)Y&R since 2007, overseeing strategy for all VMLY&R markets in Asia, both for clients as well as the agency’s own growth and strategy initiatives. Beyond this, Hari leads the agency’s data and analytics practice, and is part of VMLY&R’s global advisory board on data intelligence, consulting on business from the US to EMEA, and APAC, where he is based.
Group Planning Director, Publicis Group APAC
Ali has been connecting people with brands for over a decade, working on iconic clients such as Dove, Heineken, Renault and Pepsi. A well-travelled strategist with a career spanning various parts of the globe, Ali started his planning journey at JWT before joining LatinWorks, then Publicis Sapient and finally Publicis Group where he is leading local, regional and global projects.
Head of Digital, Consumer Products, L'Oréal India
Saloni is a media and marketing professional with more than a decade of experience across several brands in consumer packaged goods. She has been with L’Oréal for over seven years and currently leads digital for L’Oréal India (Consumer Products). She leads the transformation agenda for the division and a group of high-performing teams who have delivered measurable business results via digital.
Jaskaran Singh Kapany
CMO, Xiaomi India
Jaskaran is CMO at Xiaomi India, the country’s number-one smartphone, smart TV and wearables brand. Before joining Xiaomi, he headed Marketing at Paytm, where he helped make it one of the most trusted household names in India. Before this, he was Vice President, Marketing & E-commerce, at ICICI Prudential Life, where he spearheaded marketing initiatives and managed the company’s e-commerce business.
Executive Director, Zenith Singapore
As Executive Director at Zenith Singapore, Jason is responsible for delivering innovative communication strategies for key accounts and driving new business growth within the agency. Prior to leading the digital and strategy offering within the agency, Jason was the Head of Newcast, where he actively expanded its capabilities into areas of sponsorships, production and influencer marketing.
CMO, Citibank Singapore
Luke is a globally experienced marketer, having helmed major multi-national brands such McDonald’s, Mastercard and Kraft, on both client and agency side. Luke has spent the last four years of his journey in Singapore and is currently the CMO of Citibank Singapore.
Vice President, Client Partner, APAC, Essence
Joining Essence London as Client Director in 2014, Alex moved to the agency’s Singapore office in 2017 to oversee a portfolio of client businesses in APAC. He currently also heads up business development in the region. Prior to Essence, Alex was Digital Strategy Director at AKA, where he led over 50 people across London, New York and Sydney. Alex also founded Vibe, a London-based interactive marketing agency.
Managing Director, PHD Shanghai
Cynthia is a seasoned agency leader with 19 years of experience in the media industry with work spanning the auto, IT, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and internet industries. She first joined Omnicom Media Group in 2007 as Planning Director of the McDonald’s team, where she quickly rose to General Manager and Managing Director, after her strategic leadership led to the business wins of Intel, Cisco, Renault and Didi.