CEO, Asia Pacific
Omnicom Media Group
Cheuk oversees the global media and communications network in Asia Pacific, with brands like OMD, PHD and M2M that have been built on strong cultures of creativity and innovation. In the APAC region, Omnicom Media Group has over 4,000 staff in 47 offices across 18 markets.
Cheuk's career to date spans across account management, strategy planning and agency management roles in creative, direct marketing, digital and media agencies, having worked on a number of high profile brands including Coca-Cola, Heineken, Heinz, Hennessy, HP, Holden, HTC, Kraft, Mars, Myer, Motorola, Nestle, Nikon, Tiger Beer and Unilever over the past 23 years.
Prior to joining Omnicom Media Group, Cheuk had a long and successful spell as the Managing Director of CumminsNitro in Australia and was recognised as one of the top executives in the region. He joined PHD as CEO for Asia Pacific in 2008 and had led the agency in achieving numerous milestones and highly coveted awards year-on-year. Cheuk was subsequently appointed as CEO, Asia pacific for Omnicom Media Group in 2013. Under his leadership and vision, OMD and PHD continues to grow progressively and has since become one of the most awarded media agencies and networks across the region.
Worldwide Effectiveness Director
Ogilvy & Mather Group
Anthony Wong serves as Worldwide Effectiveness Director at Ogilvy & Mather Group and Global Client Leader, Team Huawei at WPP plc.
Since Anthony joined Ogilvy, he has helped his teams and clients achieve best-selling product launches in Asia across categories, and win marketing communications effectiveness awards such as EFFIE, AME in Asia and IPA in London. His IPA Award-winning cases on Motorola (Bronze, 2008) and Dove (Gold, 2012) were the first and second ever to come from China in the IPA's 90-year history.
In addition to his corporate roles, Anthony is an active leader in developing the advertising industry in China. Since 2006, he has served as Regional Judge, Finals Judge, Awards Presenter, Master of Ceremony, Expert Advisor, Jury Vice Chairman and Chairman at the China EFFIE and APAC Effie Awards.
Anthony holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.
Executive Creative Director
Andy has laid asphalt, cleaned hotplates, pulled pints, mown lawns, sold art (his own), modeled on a catwalk (before the beer belly) and has performed extensive fieldwork in elementary nutrition (he lived on baked beans and canned tomatoes for 2 years while at Bath Lane Art College). He eventually stumbled into the direct marketing business at age 19 as a junior art director. In 1991, he moved to Asia where he had stints in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand. In 1999, he propelled Ogilvy Singapore to the top of the creative rankings and kept them there for the following 4 years. Andy joined Saatchi & Saatchi as Regional Creative Director at the end of 2004. He took them to the top of the Creative Rankings, too (to the annoyance of Ogilvy). In 2013, Andy was lured to the pure digital side of the business. He joined Sapient Nitro as Chief Creative Officer, Asia/Pac. Andy has won metal in every major award show including 10 Golds and over 150 other bits of metal at Cannes. And has also won a bag load at other shows: D&AD, One Show and Clio, to name a few. Despite the fact he's over 50, he's still learning new things every single day.
Gita de Beer
Global Business Development Director
Gita de Beer is the Global Business Development Director for Diageo Reserve. She has worked for Diageo since 2007 in a variety of roles including Innovation and Marketing. Prior to joining Diageo she worked at Unilever in various Marketing roles in Holland and Vietnam.
Gita's passion at work includes using creativity as a critical tool for competitive advantage and ensuring that a focus on marketing and big Ideas is central to all business activity. She believes that working in partnership with agencies is critical to create magic for the people she works with, the business and its brands.
Outside work her interests include music, geo politics, and the arts.
Chief Executive Officer
Dentsu Aegis Network, Indonesia
Margot B. Torres
Executive Vice President & Deputy Managing Director
28 years of Marketing experience. Over 10 years with McDonald's Philippines. Recognized as a Brand Ambassador by McDonald's Asia Pacific Middle East Africa (APMEA) Women's Leadership Network in 2010. Served as Professor in Worldwide Hamburger Marketing University since 2013.
Thought leader in the Philippine Advertising industry. President of Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) in 2010 and 2012.
Awardee of the Agora Award for Excellence in Marketing Management by the Philippine Marketing Association last 2010. Recipient of the 1st Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of the Year Award by Tambuli from the University of Asia & the Pacific last 2011, the 1st Market Masters award on mentorship last July and one of Asia’s Most Influential CMOs last August.
Jury Member for Asian Marketing Effectiveness in 2013, Campaigns Asia Agency of the Year Awards in 2014 and Spikes Creative Effectiveness in 2015.
Vice Chairman - Global
Nagesh Alai is a finance and legal professional having 4 decades of experience in diverse fields. He has a Bachelors in Commerce, a Masters in Commerce, is a Bachelor of Law, a Chartered Company Secretary, a Cost & Management Accountant.
After running his own Accountancy, Finance and Tax practice for eight years & a couple of years’ stint with a management accountancy firm, Nagesh joined the Health Care Pharmaceutical major, Boots India (now Abbott) and worked there as a Management Accountant for 6 years before moving to Wyeth, an American Pharmaceutical giant, to head up its finance and corporate law functions. After managing finances, taxes and corporate law matters at Wyeth, he moved to FCBUlka Group, one of the top 5 advertising agencies then and now a top 3 company in the industry. He has been with FCBUlka Group for 25 years now and has been a key force behind the Group’s sound fundamentals & success. Between 2006 and 2011, FCB Worldwide handed over to Nagesh the finance and operational responsibilities of Asia Pacific & Africa region. In the course of a successful stint in that role, Nagesh got an insight into cross border cultures, people behavior and diverse perspectives. Over the last few years, as Group Chairman, he has been helming the FCBUlka Group in India.
Beginning of 2016, Nagesh relinquished his responsibilities in India and moved on to take up a new assignment with FCB Worldwide, as Vice Chairman, Global.
Nagesh’s expertise in management, operations, finance & legal matters had always been much sought after in the advertising industry. From 2010 to 2012, he has been the President of the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI), the apex industry body with which he has been associated for over 15 years in various capacities in treasury, business practices, commercial, tax and legal matters etc. He is also on various committees of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and is a member of the EXCO of the Confederation of Advertising Agencies Association of Asia. He also serves on the CCC of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI).
Communication Agencies Association,
New Zealand (CAANZ)
Paul Head is Chief Executive at Communication Agencies Association of New Zealand (CAANZ), the industry association representing the interests of marketing communication agencies. He has held this position since May 2011.
By background, a classically trained marketer he has 20+ years marketing and senior management experience across a range of industries including Automotive, Consumer Goods, Insurance, Financial Services, Retail, Export and Telecommunications.
Has held senior roles in the NZ operations of some of the world's leading organisations, including Ford Motor Company, Unilever and General Electric, as well as a number of high profile New Zealand businesses in the financial services and telecommunications sectors and has spent the much of his career championing customer focused and brand led organisational change.
Paul lives in Auckland with his wife Dianne.
Group Chief Operating Officer, Greater China
Pully Chau is Group Chief Operating Officer for Cheil Greater China. As one of the most influential advertising executives in Greater China, she has been in the advertising scene for 30 years. She has numerous awards to her name, including the Top 10 China Chief Executive; the Most Influential People in China Brand Building; China Adman of the Year; and Outstanding Contribution in Three Decades of China Advertising conferred by the China Advertising Association, to name a few. In 2014, she was honoured by the Internationalist USA as one of the “21 Global Innovators”.
Pully is also a seasoned Effie judge, having been involved in the judging of Effie China, Effie Hong Kong, Effie India, Effie North America and APAC Effie. She served as Head of Jury for APAC Effie in 2014, and in China Effie from 2013 to 2014. She also served as jury for the Creative Effectiveness Lions in 2013 and was invited as speaker at Cannes Lions for two consecutive years.
Pully Chau has proven her success in agency evolutions by changing norms and introduced new capabilities in different times. She stands by her vision and is both a dreamer and a doer. She was most recently Chairman and CEO of FCB Greater China, leading the agency to become a performance-driven organization and prior to FCB, she was CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi China for 10 years where she tripled the agency's revenue and aggressively expanded its shopper marketing, digital and CRM capabilities.
Managing Director, Asia
Rosemary Lising is the Managing Director Asia of Columbus, a leading search and performance agency within the Dentsu Aegis Network.
She has been a leading Digital and Search marketing expert since the early days of this field with 20 years of digital experience. Recognized as a digital industry leader, Rosemary speaks at industry conferences and produces globally recognized digital solutions and best practices in marketing.
Prior to joining Columbus, Rosemary was the Regional Managing Director on key accounts and spearheaded the General Motors search and performance business across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Russia.
Before joining iProsepct, Rosemary was the Managing Director of GroupM Search where she was responsible for developing and growing the Search business practice across Asia Pacific. This included business planning and operations, business development, agency integration and training development.
Prior to GroupM, Rosemary established the Search Marketing & Online Media practice for Blue Interactive Marketing – now a WPP company, Possible. At the time, she expanded the company’s business offering by developing a Search and Media discipline. Key global and Asia-wide clients included: Hewlett Packard, eBay, Lufthansa, BEA, and Polycom.
Rosemary was General Manager of the DoubleClick Media operations in South East Asia launching the Singapore office and satellite operations in South East Asia in the late 1990s. Her career started as a strategic media planner for notable agencies including Foote Cone Belding, Zenith Media and Ogilvy & Mather.
Head of Cards and Payments
Bank of New Zealand
Ross Jackson joined Visa in 2008 in the concurrent roles of Marketing Director for Southeast Asia and Product Innovation Marketing Director for Asia Pacific. He has also led Visa's cross-border business and Marketing Analytics function in AP and CEMEA before his current role. Prior to moving to Singapore, Mr. Jackson was Head of Cards for Westpac Bank, New Zealand.
His marketing and business career includes senior roles as Regional Director, BBDO in Asia Pacific; Managing Director of Colenso BBDO; Director of Clemenger BBDO New Zealand; Managing Director of Mattingly DY&R New Zealand; and Managing Partner of Euro RSCG Australia.
He holds an MBA, a post graduate Diploma in Marketing and is a Fellow of both the NZ and Australian Institutes of Management.
Director Client Partnerships, Seven West Media
Partner, Morgan Marketing Consulting
Rowena Millward is a marketing, communication and digital specialist, with deep brand, business and operational experience across emerging and developed markets globally, and a passion for consumer centric innovation.
With a career spanning 20+ years in leadership roles for top 500 companies, Rowena worked for Procter & Gamble, Berri, and Coca Cola followed by 16 years with Johnson & Johnson in Australian, U.S, and Asia Pacific; where she was responsible for some of J&J’s most loved & iconic brands. Rowena left J&J as Vice President, Asia Pacific Vision Care to join MORGAN as a Partner in 2015.
At J&J Rowena led next generation global IMC (Integrated Marketing Communications), integrating the value of digital and data into broader communications, as well as restructuring the Agency ecosystem. She personally led IMC brand building across Asia Pacific, leveraging global scale with local insights across the emerging markets of China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and developed markets of Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
As a MORGAN consultant, Rowena is part of the Seven West Media leadership team - Director of Client Partnerships - leading the development of next generation marketing approaches for 7WM and their key clients which include; McDonalds, Suncorp, and Glaxo Smith Kline.
Next generation marketing is a real passion for Rowena, and she is regularly invited to share her thought leadership on the speaking circuit, speaking at ADMA global forum (2013), ADMA Connect (2014), Mumbrella (2015), and a key contributor to Google’s publication “Winning the Zero Moment of Truth”.
Executive Vice Chairman, APACMEA
Edelman Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
Rupen Desai is the Executive Vice Chairman for Edelman across Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
He is excited about building & partnering brands that are social at heart, earned centric and intelligently promoted; as he believes that brands with such an earned core are essential to generate differentiation & growth, eventually becoming part of everyday culture & colloquial.
He has over 20 years of advertising experience spanning several locations including Mumbai, Dubai, Beirut, London, Bangkok and Singapore; all of which were spent at Lowe + Partners. Before Edelman, he led the Lowe network across Asia-Pacific for 6 years as well as led communications on the Unilever laundry business; ‘Dirt is Good’ for the network, globally.
Rupen is a strong advocate of the transformational impact creativity & purpose have on society & businesses. He is proud of having led teams on work that has been awarded in numerous global & regional shows like Cannes, New York Advertising Festival, Effie’s, LIA Festival, Clio, AME’s, Spikes and Dubai Lynx amongst others.
His passions, apart from his love for his family and dog, are books, movies and the beach. He continues, to try and learn to sail.
Director, Industry Sales
Takashi Takeda is a seasoned advertising and brand marketing professional with 25+ years of experience at top global agency networks including DDB, JWT, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett. He has managed the business of numerous bluechip multinational advertisers including Volkswagen, Nestle, Unilever, P&G, Ford.
Between 2007 and 2011, he was running DDB Japan Group (DDB, Tribal DDB, Rapp) as President & CEO and, prior to that, he was at JWT as EVP / Director of Innovation in charge of JWT's global multinational clients. His works for Nestle's KitKat won numerous creative and marketing effectiveness awards.
He joined Google in 2012 as Head of Branding Industry to help traditional mass branding advertisers transform their marketing model into the most updated and sophisticated ones by getting the most out of world's best digital technologies.