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Jul 15, 2014

Spikes Asia announces first 20 speakers for 2014

ASIA-PACIFIC – The Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity has announced the first 20 speakers for 2014.

Stefan Sagmeister of Sagmeister & Walsh is among the speakers
Stefan Sagmeister of Sagmeister & Walsh is among the speakers

Speakers at the four-day event will include:

Stefan Sagmeister, creative director, Sagmesiter & Walsh
Sagmeister (pictured) formed the New York-based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum. He has won two Grammies and practically every important international design award.

Casey Neistat, writer, director, editor and filmmaker
This year's DDB Presents speaker, Neistat has produced dozens of online short films which have been viewed over 70,000,000 times in the last three years. Star of the series The Neistat Brothers on HBO, he has also won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards for producing the film Daddy Long Legs.

Bob Greenberg, founder, chairman & CEO, R/GA
Greenberg has been a pioneer in the advertising and communications industry for nearly four decades. R/GA is one of the world’s most influential agencies and it is Greenberg who leads its vision working for renowned brands that include Nike, Beats by Dr. Dre, Unilever, Samsung and Coca-Cola.

Valerie Cheng, chief creative officer, JWT Singapore
Cheng is one of Asia’s best-known integrated communications brand experts. She has been recognised as the Digital Creative Director of the Year by the Institute of Advertising Singapore (IAS) two years in a row—2011 and 2012.

Polly Chu, chief creative officer, JWT Beijing
Chu is one of the most awarded creatives in China with over 300 awards to her name. She was recognised as Greater China Creative of the Year in 2013 by Campaign Asia-Pacific and is proud to have been a consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympics Organising Committee. She has helped nurture a generation of Chinese creatives in over ten years in China.

Josy Paul, chairman, chief creative officer, BBDO India
Paul is ranked among the most influential people in Indian advertising according to a survey conducted by The Economic Times. His belief that India needs more ‘acts, not ads’ is earning BBDO India a reputation for creating large successful social movements for brands. He has won 10 Cannes Lions in under five years, including Asia’s first Creative Effectiveness Lion.

Other key speakers confirmed for Spikes Asia include:

Kristian Barnes, CEO, Vizeum APAC
Julian Boulding, president, thenetworkone
Rei Inamoto, chief creative officer, VP, AKQA
Amir Kassaei, chief creative officer, DDB Worldwide
Marc Landsberg, founder, CEO, socialdeviant
Jean Lin, global CEO, Isobar
Yoshitaka Matsuura, strategic planning director, Hakuhodo
Ted Royer, chief creative officer, Droga5
Will Sansom, director, content & strategy, Contagious Insider
Mike Schalit, chief creative officer, Net#workBBDO
Rogier Vijverberg, ECD & founder, SuperHeroes
Nir Wegrzyn, CEO, BrandOpus, London

In a statement, Terry Savage, chairman of Lions Festivals, said: “With Spikes Asia growing into a four-day event this year, it’s imperative that the content is consistently strong, diverse and inspirational throughout the programme. These first speakers have already set the bar and we’re proud to be able to list them as part of the event and bring them in front of the region.”

The duration of Spikes Asia grows this year from three days to four. The festival will take place from 23-26 September at Suntec in Singapore. Entries are still being accepted and anybody wishing to be a part of the festival can register online at


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