Updated: meet the jury members of BalticBest 2021

Marketing and advertising competition BalticBest will take place on 25th of August in an online format. We are delighted to introduce you the jury members.

Lana Bedeković Rosandić  

Lana Bedeković Rosandić

Lana Bedeković Rosandić is owner of independent advertising agency Alert in Croatia and Slovenia. Also, she is owner of specialised influencer agency Webfluential.

Lana is experienced advertising professional, working in communication more then 20 years. Before opening her own agency, she was Head of Brand planning in international agencies Publicis and Ogilvy & Mather. She graduated on University of Architecture in Zagreb and post graduated in Non-profit marketing.

Olga Peresild  Photo credit: Allan Leppikson / Reval Foto

Olga Peresild

Olga Peresild is the CEO of Mediacom Estonia. She has worked in the same agency in various positions for over 17 years.

Olga has M.A, degree in marketing from the University of Mississippi (USA).

Vincent Montocchio  

Vincent Montocchio

Vincent is the Managing Director of CIRCUS! in Mauritius and the Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe Africa, a network of 63 agencies spread over the continent.

Following a Masters in Visual Communication in Pari, Vincent began his career as an Art Director at Lowe Alice, one of the most successful French advertising agencies of that time.

After seven years, he headed to his homeland as Creative Director of CIRCUS! Under his creative direction, the agency became the most awarded of the region and ranked

4th most creative agency in Africa at the African Cristal Festival 2018

Vincent is passionate about art. Besides being a song writer and composer, he is a photographer with several exhibitions to his credit in Mauritius and Africa.

He was selected from 30 African photographers for a major exhibition at the Pan-African Festival of Algiers in 2009, entitled "REFLETS D'AFRIQUE".

Eka Kipiani  Photo credit: Giorgi Mamasakhlisi

Eka Kipiani

Eka Kipiani is a Creative Director at JWT Metro in Tbilisi, Georgia.

She has 15 years of experience from different agencies in Georgia.

Eka also teaches advertising and account planning in various schools in Georgia and she as been a judge at ADC*E, Kiaf and AdBlackSea competitions.

Jill-Joy Landburg   

Jill-Joy Landburg

Jill-Joy Landburg is the Executive Director and Owner of Creative Communications and Marketing, NV from Suriname.

Zoran Gabrijan  

Zoran Gabrijan

Zoran Gabrijan started as a film and art critic, but when the opportunity to work in an advertising agency was offered, he grabbed it with both hands. A few years later, he joined Futura, where he became a creative director. The list of his clients includes companies such as McDonald's, Peugeot, Zavarovalnica Triglav, Perutnina Ptuj, Radenska, Telekom, Krka, Spar, Belinka, Mlekarna Krepko, Vzajemna… In his career, he has won more than 80 domestic and more than 40 international awards, including Epica and the Golden Drum.

Richard Agius  

Richard Agius

Richard Agius is TBWA\ANG’s Executive Creative Director from Malta. He has also won Gold at Balticbest. Richard has been going beast-mode on brands for nearly two decades now including internationally recognized McDonald’s, Toyota and Nissan. Richard considers himself a student and teacher of design, always learning new things, honing his skills faster than an F1 driver in pole position. Because of this relentless pursuit of greatness, some of his creative solutions have resulted in a multitude of award-winning pieces across all media, in virtually every industry. Aside from his managerial duties at the agency he currently oversees all of TBWA\ANG’s branding, creative projects, and manages a talented team of designers.

Igor Kalaba  Photo credit: TS

Igor Kalaba

Igor Kalaba is a make-up artist from Bosnia & Herzegovina. He makes stuff up at the agency called Aquarius. An economist by education, a creative by birth. Currently wearing grown man’s shoes.

Born in 1990 as a small child. Tried to do stand-up once. Everyone laughed.

In the creative business since 2015. First as an underpaid freelance copywriter, then as a copywriter in his current agency. After that, somebody said it would be a good idea to make him Chief of Client Services. He thought it was a joke, but nobody laughed.

Vairis Strazds  

Vairis Strazds

Vairis Strazds is a Creative Director of NORD DDB Riga. In the early 90s, Vairis started in the newly born advertising industry of Latvia as a person who can work with a Mac computer. In 2006 he became creative director of the advertising agency DDB and has worked with Swedbank, LMT, Circle K, LiveRiga and other big Latvian and international brands.

Vairis’ work have received numerous awards for creativity and effectiveness. He is a lecturer at the Latvian Art Directors Club School of Advertising. Vairis believes in efficient communication, based on the right practice of Creativity.

Tomas Bartninkas  

Tomas Bartninkas

Strategy director at TRUTH., associate professor at Vilnius University, professional beer sommelier with London Beer Academy diploma and just a good guy with over 200 different brands work experience and awards from local festivals up to first Cannes Lion in Baltics.

Hayk Simonyan  

Hayk Simonyan

Hayk Simonyan is the Founder and CEO of Doping Creative Agency, the most awarded creative agency in Armenia. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of advertising and communication. During these years Hayk has worked with big and successful brands in Armenia, Russia, Dubai and not only. He is also lecturing during many marketing & advertising classes in Armenia’s universities and business schools.

Since the day of foundation Hayk has supervised all strategic and business aspects of Doping. Besides the commercial projects, Doping is also known for its social campaigns and projects of public interest, which have brought the agency the recognition of Creative Agency of the Year, Grands Prix, and numerous other awards from international advertising and communication festivals, such as Red Apple, Red Jolbors, KIAF, White Square, Gerety Awards, Proba Awards and so on. Lately, Doping was also recognized as the Creative Agency of the Year in Armenia by TopFICE, the Ranking of Independent Award-Winning Agencies.

"Flirting with failure" is Hayk's all-time favorite motto, and he truly believes failures and mistakes are natural, and they are essential elements on the path to success.

Haukur Már Hauksson  

Haukur Már Hauksson

Haukur Már Hauksson is a partner at Pipar\TBWA, Iceland. He has been working in graphic design and advertising since 1996. He studied film and photography in the USA and graphic design in Iceland.

Board member of the Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers 2000-2007 and Bboard member of Art Directors Club of Europe 2004-2007 and Board member of Iceland Design and Architecture 2008-2012.

Andrey Tyukavkin  

Andrey Tyukavkin

Andrey Tyukavkin is the Executive Creative Director of Publicis One Latvia. Before that, he has worked at Saatchi & Saatchi in Germany and at Publicis and Isobar agencies in Moscow.

Among many other awards, Publicis Latvia is the first agency from the ex-USSR territory to win the Gold award at D&AD.

Robert Storom

Unlike the 7 323 753 089 * people on the planet, I deliberately wake up as someone different - everyday. My job depends on it. I’ve spent the past 8 odd years fashioning ideas with and from words. I am both a slave to ideas and a scholar of human behaviour. I am a writer. Part of the job requires me to ‘borrow’ other people’s shoes. Be it psychotic manchild Batman, your friendly and peculiarly always jovial corner store assistant, a 53-year old man on the verge of breakdown due to marital issues, Jack Sparrow; you name them, I’ll will/have worn them. But what I really get a kick out of, is hunting for attention. Now I have yours.

The BalticBest 2021 competition opened today on June 1, and the deadline for submissions is August 12. The work of the BalticBest jury will be broadcasted live on August 25, where competitors will be able to see and hear the jury's comments on their work in real time.

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