Chris Reitermann
Chris Reitermann (Chairman)
Chief Executive Officer
Ogilvy Asia & Greater China

Chris is Chief Executive for the Ogilvy Group in Asia, with responsibilities for the strategic development and daily operations of the agency across 14 markets. He is a member of Ogilvy’s Worldwide Executive Leadership Board.

Under Chris’s leadership, Ogilvy has been consistently recognized for its effectiveness and creativity, earning the Most Effective Agency Network accolade at the Greater China and APAC Effie Awards for several consecutive years. In addition, Ogilvy was crowned Creative and Digital Network of the Year by Campaign Asia, who also named Chris Asia Pacific Agency Head of the Year. Ogilvy was the first agency in China to win a Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions and continues to be one of the most awarded agencies in Asia.

Over the last two decades, Chris has held several senior management positions in various offices within the Ogilvy Group, running local offices, regional units such as Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and working with major regional and worldwide clients. He is also the global WPP Client Lead for Huawei, managing WPP’s overall relationship globally.

Chris is actively involved in the Chinese internet scene and sits on several boards. He is currently an independent Board Member of Babytree (1761.HK) and an advisor to WGI (wgihq.org), an NGO focusing on international education.

Ashish Bhasin
Ashish Bhasin
CEO APAC and Chairman India
Dentsu International

A member of the Dentsu International Executive Team, Ashish is a well-known personality in the advertising and media industry with 32 years of experience under his belt. An astute businessman, he grew Dentsu International in India – now the 2nd largest advertising and media group in India by revenue – from a 50-member team to a 3000-member powerhouse. This overturned the existing ranking for the first time in over 80 years.

Prior to this, Ashish set up several of Lintas India’s (IPG) businesses and successfully led Lintas India for 20 years. He also had the global role of Executive Vice President, Lowe Worldwide and Asia Regional Director for Integrated Marketing.

Previously the Head of Jury for the APAC Effie Awards 2017, Ashish has also served on several global award juries, such as the Cannes Lions.

A record-breaking four-time winner of the coveted South Asia Agency Head of the Year Award at Campaign Asia-Pacific’s Agency of the Year Awards, Ashish was the Founding Chairman of the Sydenham Institute of Management’s Alumni Association. He currently serves or has served on most industry bodies in India and has recently been conferred a PhD (Honoris Causa) for outstanding contribution to the advertising and media industry.

Akira Mitsumasu
Akira Mitsumasu
VP Global Marketing
Japan Airlines

Akira is a veteran in the aviation industry with more than 30 years of experience, and multiple leadership positions under his belt. In the course of his illustrious career, Akira has been named one of Asia’s Best Marketers and celebrated amongst the 50 Most Influential Global Marketing Leaders.

In his current role as Japan Airlines’ Vice President of Global Marketing, Akira leads the department in driving the growth and innovation across the airline’s international markets. Rendering his contribution to the larger marketing community, Akira also serves as a member of the CMO Council Asia Pacific Advisory Board, as well as the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Board of Directors. Akira is also a voracious researcher on business-related issues and has published a book on Japanese Corporate Groups.

Alex Lubar
Alex Lubar
President
McCann Worldgroup Asia Pacific

As President of McCann Worldgroup Asia Pacific, Alex leads an organisation of 3,200 people across 12 markets that represent one of the largest, fastest-growing marketing regions of the world. Based in Singapore since 2019, Alex is responsible for driving the world’s most effective marketing solutions network to deliver total integration at scale in all aspects of business communications for brands and companies at the local, regional and global level.

Alex previously served as CEO of McCann London. Under his leadership, the agency featured in the list of Top 10 agencies in the world by the Gunn Report. Prior to this, Alex was Global CMO for McCann Worldgroup, based out of New York, where he oversaw all integrated new-business activity, living on aeroplanes and spending significant time in Asia Pacific. In fact, his passion for the region stretches back to his university days, where he enjoyed a study abroad period in Japan.

McCann Worldgroup has topped the Global Effie Index for the past three years. In 2018, it was awarded the Agency Network of the Year accolade at the APAC Effie Awards, contributing to its #1 ranking in the Asia Pacific region for the 2019 Effie Index.

Alex was born and raised in London. His father is American, his mother is French, his wife is Mexican and they all now live in Singapore... his three young children, Lucas, Dylan and Siena, remain culturally confused.

Ali Abbas
Ali Abbas
Business Head of Dairy
Nestlé Vietnam

Ali has more than 19 years of experience in marketing, sales and general management across multiple Food & Beverage categories. Ali had one of the unique opportunities to live and work in North America, Europe, Middle East as well as Asia. During this remarkable journey, he has successfully led business turnarounds, managed business P&Ls, ran billion-dollar brand’s global strategies, and launched award-winning innovations & marketing campaigns.

In his current role as Business Head of Dairy at Nestle Vietnam, Ali leads multiple brands of Dairy and Plant based nutritional beverages. He, along with his team, has won 2 Asia Pacific Effie awards as well as multiple other awards of recognition & excellence.

Angela Bassichetti
Angela Bassichetti
Head of Creative Shop APAC
Facebook

Angela Bassichetti has 20 years of expertise carved in advertising and entertainment marketing.

She arrived in the Facebook Singapore office one year ago to lead The Creative Shop APAC.

With a strong digital background, since the early age of the internet in Brazil, Angela helped to build digital departments in advertising agencies like DPZ (Publicis) and Ogilvy, where she conceived and deployed the creative work for global clients like J&J, Unilever, Samsung and Coca-Cola. During her prolific carrier, she had been awarded in the most recognised ad industry international festivals such as Cannes Lions, London Festival, Clio and AD&D.

Before Facebook, she was leading creative and production team at Content Partnership division of Warner Media in Latin America. Developing global and local projects, harnessing the power of creativity and giving voice to brands communicate with their consumers in a new and relevant way.

As manager, she had the chance to lead a diverse team of creatives, strategists and producers. Always working close to Ad Sales team, she designed omnichannel custom projects, scalable products and solutions for the countries in the region.

Angela’s high performance work profile can be understood by knowing that during her university days, she worked in the City Zoo and spent 6 hours a day painting forest murals in a cage with a 22 lbs Sucuri (Brazil’s biggest snake). This curious fact can tell much about her resilience and ability to work under pressure.

Anupriya Acharya
Anupriya Acharya
CEO
Publicis Groupe South Asia

Ranked among Fortune India’s Top 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business” consecutively in 2018 and 2019, and honoured by Forbes India as ‘W-Power’ Trailblazer in 2018, Anupriya is an eminent marketing and advertising professional with 25 years of experience under her belt. Anupriya joined Publicis Groupe in 2013 as Group CEO of ZenithOptimedia. She later went on to lead Publicis Media India from 2016. Prior to Publicis, she has held senior leadership positions with WPP in India and Aegis Media Singapore.

Anupriya has served as a jury member on several key media industry awards in the region. She is also the elected President AAAI (Advertising Agencies Association of India) for 2020-21 and an Independent Director on the Board of DB Corp, one of the largest newspaper groups in India.

Christina Lu
Christina Lu
Head of Marketing
AliExpress

Christina is a passionate believer of consumer oriented, data fuelled and insight driven brand building. She moved to AliExpress in 2020 to head Global Marketing, with a vision to build the team and capability that supports AliExpress to be a globally recognised and loved power brand.

After joining Alibaba in 2016, Christina and her team founded the Uni Marketing methodology, framework and toolkit which enabled brands to digitise end-to-end marketing in China, within the Alibaba ecosystem and beyond. Prior to this, Christina was the Marketing VP of Johnson & Johnson Consumer in China. Over the past 20 years, Christina has held marketing roles with increasing leadership responsibility in a number of Fortune 500 consumer goods companies such as Kraft Foods, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson.

In recognition of her distinguished work in Marketing and Data Transformation, Christina was invited as a Judge for Cannes Lions 2019 as part of the Creative Data panel. She was honoured by Campaign’s The A List in 2018 for the disruptive innovation of Uni Marketing. She was also an honouree of Ad Age’s Women to Watch 2015 and was named on The Internationalist’s Influential Marketing Leaders list in 2014.

Daphne Kuah
Daphne Kuah
Vice President
Procter & Gamble

Born and bred in Singapore, Daphne started her career at Procter & Gamble in 2005 and is now the Vice President of Japan/Korea Febreze business and Global Aircare innovation leader. Daphne has been credited for multiple brand building and award-winning brand campaigns across markets. Most notable achievements include - expansion of Downy brand and getting to leadership share across ASEAN and winning multiple awards behind her #MaafIbu Ramadan campaign during her stint in Indonesia. Most recently, she led a product innovation under the Febreze brand to market leadership in less than a month, clinching the highly prestigious Nikkei Trendy ‘Best Hit Product of the Year’ in 2020.

Daphne is also recognised as a key leader in driving end-to-end effectiveness and efficiency across Media and POSM in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMA) region in P&G; step changing how P&G AMA operationalises POSM and Media.

On the organisation front, Daphne has strong passion in driving Diversity as she launched 1st ever in-house childcare during Ramadan in Indonesia. Daphne also plays an instrumental role in nurturing the brand organization in P&G AMA by assuming the role of P&G Brand Function Culture leader of over 500 marketers across all brands and regions.

David Porter
David Porter
VP Global Media, APAC & Africa
Unilever

A marketing and communications guru, Porter possesses more than 40 years of industry experience in both agency and in-house capacities. Prior to joining Unilever in 2010, Porter spent 25 years in UK agencies before a 7-year stay in Asia Pacific with Mindshare where he managed the agency’s multimarket relationship with Unilever.

In his present role at Unilever, Porter oversees one of the largest media budgets in a diverse region spanning 14 time zones. He is responsible for driving the company’s innovation in communications channel planning to develop Unilever into a major force in digital marketing in the region.

David represents Unilever externally as the VP (APAC) for the World Federation of Advertisers and as Chair of the APAC Mobile Marketing Association.

Erica Kerner
Erica Kerner
SVP & Head of Marketing Strategy & Partnerships, Commercial
ONE Championship

Erica has more than 20 years of marketing experience in Asia Pacific and is currently SVP, Head of Marketing Strategy & Partnerships, Commercial at ONE Championship – Asia’s largest Sports Media Property. She actively contributes to the World Economic Forum as a Council Member, Global Future Council on Media, Entertainment and Sport and is also a founding steering board member and Chairman of The Marketing Society Asia Pacific.

Formerly Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Tiffany & Co. Asia Pacific, Erica was responsible for all aspects of Tiffany’s marketing and communications planning, strategy and implementation across all retail channels and all Asia Pacific countries. She previously held a similar position at Ralph Lauren.

Erica worked for adidas as director of both London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Before joining adidas, she was with Special Olympics China, J. Walter Thompson Shanghai, Nike and Bates Advertising.

Fern Canning
Fern Canning
Managing Director
Edelman Australia

With 20+ years in the industry, Fern has a career spanning public relations, social media, brand strategy, sponsorship, experiential and content development in the UK, US and Australia.

She specialises in integrated consumer/brand campaigns which span strategy, creative and digital media. She has spearheaded international campaigns for multiple brands across the P&G, Diageo and SABMiller portfolios. Her work with Diageo led to a marketing excellence award. She supported the strategic repositioning of Audi from a car maker to a design and lifestyle brand in the UK. She was also responsible for developing major purpose focused programmes, such as national educational design competitions, for the Audi Design Foundation.

Since moving to Australia, Fern has worked with a diverse range of brands and her work with HP Australia resulted in two Effie Awards in 2018. She has also led purpose-based campaigns such as the Vaseline Healing Project.

Fern is the Managing Director of Edelman Australia, which has been awarded Cannes Lions, APAC Gold Sabres and named #1 in the Holmes Report’s Global Creative Agency Index during her tenure. She also serves as Global Strategy Lead for PayPal and APAC Integrated Brand Lead for HP. The agency’s award-winning creative work includes HP Spectorium, Samsung BrainBAND, LifeLive and Slideliner, the LAB experiment from Best&Less, the humourous Missile Moments from U by Kotex and the much-applauded NIVEA sun campaign.

Karl Cluck
Karl Cluck
Head of APAC Agency
TikTok

Karl Cluck is the Head of APAC Agency at TikTok based in Singapore. He and his team work with creative and media agencies across Asia Pacific to deliver innovative, inspiring and effective communications on the world’s most exciting content platform.

Prior to joining TikTok, Karl was the Global Client Leader for Mindshare’s Facebook Team based in San Francisco. Here he managed Facebook’s global off-platform marketing investment in 30+ countries and across all of their business divisions including Facebook Blue App, Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger and Oculus.

Before moving to the Bay Area, Karl spent over 14 years in Asia at Mindshare and GroupM. He served as Mindshare’s regional Chief Client Officer in Singapore, and before that, as the CEO for Japan, Korea and Taiwan. He started his career at Mindshare in China, where he spent ten years between Shanghai and Beijing in various leadership roles.

Karl is thrilled to be a part of the APAC Effies Council – supporting and celebrating effective marketing across this diverse and vibrant region.

Lisa Ransom
Lisa Ransom
Group Retail Marketing and Operations Director
The Dairy Farm Company

Lisa Ransom is a global business leader and marketing executive with over 25 years in the Consumer arena, across the Asia Pacific region.

Lisa joined Dairy Farm in November of 2018 where she has taken on the responsibility of creating a unified Marketing Group support function, driving scale efficiencies, group synergies and building the talent of the Marketing teams. In her time with Dairy Farm, Lisa has led the reorganisation of the creative, production and media agency portfolio and most recently was part of the team who launched the yuu Rewards platform.

Lisa has held various marketing and leadership roles including CEO of Pizza Hut Australia where she led a business and brand recovery and the purchase of the business from previous owners Yum.

Prior to this role, Lisa spent 18 years of her career as a marketing leader with McDonald's Restaurants. In her time with McDonald’s, Lisa led Marketing, Menu and Strategy teams based in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and finally based in Singapore for the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region which covered 38 countries, with 10,000 McDonald's restaurants and $18B in sales.

Lisa is also a passionate cook and traveller, who often combines the two by indulging in local cooking courses when she travels.

Margot Torres
Margot B Torres
Managing Director
McDonald's Philippines

Over 20 years as a marketing practitioner with experience in all marketing aspects of strategy, planning, advertising, media, promotions, research, PR and corporate communications; Decade in consumer marketing with Unilever, Pepsi and Wyeth and a decade in technology marketing with Pocketbell, Edsamail and Smart; Presently with McDonald's.

Pully Chau
Pully Chau
Group Chairman
Cheil Greater China

Currently Greater China Group Chairman of CHEIL Group, Pully Chau has 30+ years of advertising, branding and management experience in Asia and China. She launched “Amazing Factory” one-stop creative hot house under Cheil Group to integrate all capabilities under one roof. She is leading a Group of 1,600 people in 7 cities under Cheil family in Greater China with a holistic spectrum of experience in Digital, Media, Strategy, Retail, PR, Brand experience, eCommerce, Data-Marketing, Auto-Marketing, etc.

Even before joining Cheil, Pully’s acumen and experience in turning around businesses and elevating agencies to become profit centers, to boosting creative standards is evident in what she has achieved during her posts at FCB Greater China and at Saatchi & Saatchi where she served as China CEO for 10 years. Pully has received numerous awards for her contributions within the industry including 30 Outstanding People over 30 Years by the China Advertising Association.

Pully has judged Effie Awards in China, Asia, India and USA. She was appointed President of Effie Greater China Awards for 3 years, 2016-2018. In 2013 and 2019, Pully was appointed jury of Cannes’ Creative Effectiveness and Industry Craft Awards respectively.

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Rupen Desai
Global CMO
Dole & Founder, TS28

Rupen is the Global CMO at Dole, a company that believes everyone should have equal access to nutrition and health, delivered in a positive and sustainable way.

He co-founded TS/28 to partner & help organisations thrive in the conscience economy; and is also a board member at Female Founders, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the pursuit of gender equality in entrepreneurship and leadership.

He is a strong advocate of the responsibility a purpose-driven business and creativity has towards society, communities, as well as shareholders.

Prior to Dole, he was Edelman’s Vice-Chairman across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. During this time, he also led Edelman’s Women’s leadership network for the region. He began his career with Mullen Lowe, where he spent two decades, leading the Asia-Pacific region for the last six.

Simon Kahn
Simon Kahn
CMO APAC
Google

As Chief Marketing Officer of Google APAC, Simon Kahn oversees strategy, research, brand management, advertising, and more for Google’s consumer products and business solutions across sixteen countries in the region and leads marketing for Google’s Next Billion Users and Payments products globally. Under his leadership, Google Marketing in APAC has become an innovation hub recognised for its insights-led culture and propensity for taking smart risks.

Prior to Google, Simon worked at American Express as Country Manager for Singapore, in national politics at the White House Liaison office, and co-founded Youth Venture, a non-profit organisation that provides tools and resources that empower young people to build and run their own social enterprises.

Tony Harradine
Tony Harradine
CEO APAC
Omnicom Media Group

Tony is an experienced media and marketing professional, with over 20 years of multinational agency experience across international markets, including the United Kingdom, the USA and Asia Pacific. Having held leadership roles across Omnicom Media Group as well as various agency networks, Tony has honed a well-rounded perspective on the entire communications landscape and leverages his extensive knowledge to deliver strategic business solutions for his clients.

Tony was promoted to CEO of Omnicom Media Group Asia Pacific in 2018, a move that is testament to his contributions to the network as well as his achievements in accelerating a business agenda that is focused around the convergence of data, technology and creativity. Prior to that, Tony drove the evolution and productisation of Omnicom Media Group’s capabilities as its Chief Investment Officer for APAC.

A respected figure in the APAC advertising industry, Tony continues to remain a fervent champion and advocate for transformation and diversity.

Vishnu Mohan
Vishnu Mohan
Chairman
Vivendi Committee, India & Southeast Asia

Having spent the last 30 years in the industry, Vishnu has worked across account management, strategic planning and agency management roles at creative and media agencies in India, China, Singapore and United Kingdom. He started his advertising career with Y&R in India, moving to Euro RSCG (now Havas Worldwide) Singapore in 1995. Under his stewardship, Euro RSCG grew to be one of the most successfully integrated 360 agencies winning the Agency of the Year at the very first Effies in Singapore.

Vishnu is currently the Chairman of the Vivendi Committee in India & Southeast Asia, a new role he has taken on since relinquishing his responsibilities as the Chairman & CEO for South East Asia & India at Havas Group in January 2021. He had set up the media network from scratch in Asia in 2005 and is credited with building a large robust offering for Havas Media in Asia. At Vivendi, he will focus on content development initiatives which he had commenced in parallel while at Havas for the last 18 odd months.

Besides serving on the jury of top global and regional events, Vishnu is also on the board of the Asia Chapter of Mobile Marketing Forum and regularly speaks at major industry events.

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