Communication experts across disciplines comprise our panels of esteemed judges. Former Summit Award winners, designers, agency leads, authors, scholars, and industry experts worldwide. Using the Summit Award's blind judging processes to assess entries between others in their category, they use their broad experience and knowledge to identify the best, season after season.

Louis Martin

Louis Martin, Founding President, LMG audace & créativité CANADA Creative at heart since always, I decided to found LMG audacity & creativity in 1998, to put […]

Alexey Borisov

Alexey Borisov, Lead Designer, RUSSIA Alexey is a Lead Designer at the all-Russian state television channel Russia-Culture for more than twelve years. The channel broadcasts programs […]

Renato Barreto

Renato Barreto, Integrated Associate Creative Director, MullenLowe, BOSTON Before MullenLowe, Renato worked at DDB Brazil, Ogilvy&Mather, Talent/Marcel, and Dentsu. In 2015, his work helped Ogilvy Brazil […]

Marcelo Maciel

Marcelo Maciel, Associate Creative Director / Art, MullenLowe UNITED STATES After graduating in Advertising, Marcelo began his career as an art director in 2006. With 13 […]

Charlotte Woodhead

Charlotte Woodhead, Freelance Producer, UNITED STATES I’m a creative producer with an unflinching nerve. Following a theatre degree at London’s Goldsmiths College, I worked up through […]

Goran Filipovic

Goran Filipovic, Art Director, SWEDEN Goran Filipovic is an Art Director for a fintech startup in Sweden called SAVR, with ten years of experience from some […]

Palak Bhatt

Palak Bhatt, Product Designer,  SAN FRANCISCO Palak Bhatt is an award-winning designer with 5+ years of industry experience designing for companies including Facebook, Airbnb, AT&T, and […]

Hamda Al Naimi

Hamda Al Naimi (Alnuaimi) is a multidisciplinary graphic designer who desires to contribute positively to the world through design. During her career, Hamda has joined design […]

Samira Rafi

Samira Rafi Creative Director and strategic thinker with more than 20 years of experience in Communication and Advertising. Commitment and multi-disciplinary thinking are at the core […]

Matt Dean

Matt Dean is the Co-Founder, Head of Strategy, and CEO of Dean&Co. Matt co-founded Dean&Co. with over 10 years of experience in brand strategy, identity development, […]

Louai Alasfahani – Continuity Judge

Louai Alasfahani Chief Creative Officer & Partner Paragon International – BULGARIA Louai possesses an immeasurable passion for the creative industry.  He believes in the power of […]

Simo Liu

Simo Liu Illustrator | Designer | Annimator, LOS ANGELES Simo Liu is an award-winning illustrator, graphic designer, and multi-faced artist based in Los Angeles. She works […]

Ken Mah

Ken Mah Consultant, UX/UI Designer | 7 Design | AUSTRALIA Ken Mah is both a marketing consultant and a UX/UI designer having worked for clients in […]

Nikhil Ghodke

Nikhil Ghodke Nikhil teaches graphic design at Auburn University (US) and has a freelance design practice with international clients. Previously he has worked for Y&R (now […]

Soham Chatterjee

Soham Chatterjee Global Asst. Creative Director/Writer at WhatsApp – Creative X at Facebook – CHICAGO Soham was born in Calcutta, raised in Bombay, India. Growing up, […]

Alessandro Sciortino

Alessandro Sciortino Creative Director, McCann Worldgroup/MRM/McCann, ITALY I’ve lived in Somalia, Argentina, Spain, Belgium, and Germany; with a Masters Degree in Economics, I started working as […]

Kathleen McCulloch Ph.D. – Continuity Judge

Katheleen McCulloch Ph.D. New York University – UNITED STATES KC holds a doctorate in psychology from New York University and has held numerous international academic posts […]

Juan Pablo Valencia

Juan Pablo Valencia Regional Creative Advisor FCB Artgroup (TICCA Region) | KAZAKHSTAN Juan Pablo Valencia, is originally from Chile, with Art Direction, Copywriting, and Strategic skills. […]
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Ishan Ghosh

Ishan Ghosh Barrett and Welsh – CEO/Partner – CANADA CEO and Partner at Barrett and Welsh and a veteran marketing entrepreneur for two decades. With 30+ […]

Stefan Rydén

Stefan Rydén Senior Advisor/ Head of Insight & Strategic Planning | Spotlight | SWEDEN Currently Senior Sdvisor and Head of Insight and Strategic pPlanning at communications […]

Erin O’Connor

Erin O’Connor President/Creative Director – O’Connor Creative, Inc. Los Angeles USA Erin is an award-winning creative director and president of Los Angeles agency O’Connor Creative, Inc. […]

Jason Dauphinee

Jason Dauphinee Creative Director | Eclipse360 | CANADA With a career in the design and advertising industry spanning 25 years, Jason is a seasoned and recognized […]

Fabiano Oliveira

Fabiano Oliveira Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi, GERMANY Fabiano swapped the formative years of his career at McCann Chile on the likes of Coca-Cola and Unilever […]

JenWei Huang 黃任蔚

JenWei Huang,  TAIWAN JenWei Huang is an artist, designer, and creative at the Design Center at TDU. The Design Center, located on a side wing of […]

Ajitesh Sharma

Ajitesh Sharma Screenwriter/Filmmaker | Scientist/Corporate Professional | INDIA A triple post-graduate in Media, Business, and Technology, Ajitesh is also an ex-scientist. He has shot features, shorts, […]

Yuxuan Wu

Yuxuan Wu Visual designer | BAY AREA UNITED STATES Yuxuan Wu is a product and visual designer, with enthusiasm and passion in building technical products, solving […]

Melanie Sage Ph.D.

Melanie Sage Assistant Professor The University of Buffalo – NEW YORK Melanie’s area of focus is on the understanding of human behavior in the social environment. […]

Ilan Geva – Continuity Judge

Ilan Geva Owner, Ilan Geva & Friends – CHICAGO Founding member, Medical Travel Insight lan is an international branding expert, who practices and teaches holistic branding […]

Gautam Nath – Continuity Judge

Gautam (Gordon) Nath President & CEO, Multicultural Marketing Solutions – CANADA Hall of Fame, Faculty of Management Studies, Building Organizations with Visionary Strategies, Toronto Mayoral Candidate […]

Jorge Machado Colón

Jorge Machado Colón Director of Innovation, VMLY&R – PUERTO RICO. Through a background in Industrial Design and Business Management, he has been focused on creating methodological […]

Daniel da Hora

Daniel da Hora Creative Director DH,LO Creative Boutique – BRAZIL Considered one of the most important Northeast Brazilian creatives of his generation, Daniel is a multi-awarded […]

Matei Curtasu

Matei Curtasu Creative Director, GERMANY • Clients: Google, Adidas, Nike, Mercedes-Benz, CNN, AT&T, Hornbach, Netflix, Amazon, IBM. • International Experience: New York, Berlin, Moscow, Copenhagen, Hamburg, […]

Stella Guan

Stella Guan Senior Visual Designer, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Stella Guan is an award-winning visual designer with experience spanning across multiple disciplines and industries. Started her […]

Jason Cowell

Jason Cowell Chief Creative Officer, Chief Operations Officer | Maple Diversity Communications | Canada

Mark Kamachi – Continuity Judge

Mark Kamachi AdMaki Creative Creative Director Life is like a bento box of sushi. Work, play, hobbies, likes and dislikes all neatly displayed in one serving. […]

Keith Stoeckeler

Keith Stoeckeler VP/Group Director, Digital at MKTG, USA MKTG Digital encompasses web and app development, social and digital strategy, content development and video production, influencer marketing, […]

Kevin Diaz

Kevin Diaz Senior Designer, Situation, NEW YORK Currently, at Situation – an NYC-based digital agency focusing on entertainment and live events, Kevin is a Senior Designer. […]

Fawne Berkun

Fawne Berkun Executive Creative Director TAG Creative – New York Fawne is an intuitive and powerful brand builder who both visions and creates real-world creative solutions. […]

Leonard Sommer

Leonard Sommer Chief Creative Officer Sommer+Sommer – GERMANY Leonard’s work spans multi-category experience and international and national consumer clients including Nintendo of Europe, Sara Lee, Unilever, […]

Andreas Panagiotopoulos

Andreas Panagiotopoulos Creative Director / Strategist Uncloudy & Co – SWEDEN I am a digital creative director/strategist with a genuine interest in well-placed pixels and inspiring […]

Pierre Chan

Pierre Chan Copywriter Cossette – CANADA As a naive teen, Pierre’s dream was to become a politician or lawyer. When he failed at both, the natural […]

Jamie Esterman

Jamie Esterman Creative Director atomix – AUSTRAILIA Jamie is a self-proclaimed creative geek who has been designing kick-ass websites since the nineties. He is currently Creative Director […]

João Magalhães

João Magalhães Art Director Alma DDB – USA/BRAZIL Currently, an Art Director at Alma DDB in the sunny Miami, João is a Brazilian-Italian multidisciplinary creative specializing in […]

Stéphane Jean

Stéphane Jean Creative Director Bob Agence – CANADA Stéphane began his career as a copywriter at Cossette where he quickly made his mark on such key […]

Trent Oliver – Continuity Judge

Trent Oliver CEO Blue Telescope – NEW YORK Trent Oliver is the co-founder and CEO of Blue Telescope, where for more than a decade she has […]

John Martin

John Martin Regional Marketing Director Vaisala Inc. With 20+ years of global marketing and communications experience, John has developed successful programs to support business growth for […]

Olga Weiss

Olga Weiss Chief Creative Officer / Partner IDM – Los Angeles Award-winning, executive-level creative with 15+ years of professional experience in strategic and design thinking, brand […]

Niraj Sinha

Niraj Sinha Chairman & CEO Maple Diversity Communications – CANADA Niraj Sinha is an entrepreneur, multicultural markets expert, and a bestselling author. He has spent over […]

Timothy Yip

Timothy Yip COO, VP Client Services Maple Diversity Communications – CANADA Tim leads the account management team at Maple Diversity Communications. With over 13 years of […]

Pancho Gonzalez

Pancho Gonzalez Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder Inbrax – CHILE Pancho González studied advertising at the Universidad de Santiago in Chile and coursed an EMBA at […]

Yanwen (Evie) Hu

Yanwen (Evie) Hu Senior UX/UI Designer Moda Operandi Conde Nast – SAN FRANCISCO Yanwen Hu is an award-winning designer specializing in user experience, data visualization and […]

Pier Lalonde – Continuity Judge

Pier Lalonde Principal Pixel & Cie, marketing creative – CANADA I abhor talking about myself, but since I’m supposed to include a bio, here it is. […]

Peter Gorman – Continuity Judge

Pete Gorman Executive Creative Director – MILWAUKEE A unique blend of right and left-brained thinker, disruptor, team builder, leader, mentor, collaborator and motivator with a history […]

Sarthak Sharma

Sarthak Sharma Director Strategy and Planning BTI Brand Innovations – MISSISSAUGA If brands can move beyond boundaries, why can’t people? What started as a curiosity, turned […]

David Bieloh

David Bieloh Associate Professor Graphic Design Department of Art Central Washington University – USA Originally from Oklahoma, David studied graphic design in Dallas, Texas where he […]

Bob Melan

Bob Melan Lead Creative Baker Hughes – HOUSTON I believe design is a language. It is a language we all subliminally learned as we all grew […]

Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones Creative Director Upp B2B – Liverpool UNITED KINGDOM Currently, I work for Upp B2B as the Creative Director of an award-winning, full-service, branding, design, […]

Dan Toth

Dan Toth Marketing Manager Frederator Networks, Inc. –  NEW YORK Dan Toth is a digital media creator from New York City, specializing in video and motion […]

Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta Vice President Response – CANADA 20+ years of advertising/ communications experience – Ogilvy, TBWA, Contract and Lowe (India), Response (Canada). Born in Delhi and […]

Ann Smith

Ann Smith Founder and President A.wordsmith – PORTLAND Ann Smith is founder and president of A.wordsmith, a boutique public relations firm in Portland, Ore. that specializes […]

Luke Li

Luke Li Art Director IKEA Group – SWEDEN I was made in China, developed in the US, and I am known as lukeiscrazyman. I am an […]

Alexander Smirnov

Alexander Smirnov Creative Director Tabasco – UKRAINE Alexander started his advertising career in D’Arcy Ukraine as a copywriter and left the Agency as Associated Creative Director. […]

Charles Van Vechten

Charles Van Vechten Managing Director Buchanan Design – SAN DIEGO A creative industry executive with over 25 years of experience in brand, design, and marketing. Relationship […]

Cindy Stern

Cindy Stern Executive Director Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema – CHICAGO Cindy has 20+ years of experience as an award-winning retail strategist, writer, creative director, and […]

Marcus Enström

Marcus Enström Creative Director Tribe Global – SWEDEN Marcus is a strategic, multidisciplinary Creative Director with a great passion for building and boosting the creative environment. […]

Simon Coffin

Simon Coffin Senior Design Director, NBA Digital Turner Broadcasting Systems – ATLANDA Simon Coffin is an Art Director in the Animation/Design department at Turner Studios. As an […]

Jack Adamson

Jack Adamson Director of Visual Story CrackerJackFlash – CANADA Early in his career, Jack had the opportunity to work on brands like Axe, Sprite, Toyota and many […]

Marcelo Lopes

Marcelo Lopes Head Designer Merchan-design  – BRAZIL Head Designer of Merchan-design, design agency with a focus on premium and luxury market, founded in 1995. Director of […]

Fabio Orlando

Fabio Orlando Chief Executive & Chief Creative Office tag – CANADA They say you can’t be two places at once. Well “they” obviously haven’t met Fabio, […]

Meng Chih Chiang

Meng Chih Chiang Senior Designer MRM//McCann – NEW YORK Meng Chih Chiang is an award-winning digital designer currently living and working in New York City, specializing […]

Mengwen Xiang

Mengwen Xian Grey Group – NEW YORK Mengwen Xiang is a multidisciplinary art director and problem solver living and working in New York City. Her work […]

Augusto Correia

Augusto Correia Senior Designer JWT – BRAZIL Augusto Correia is an integrated creative art director, currently working at NBS/Dentsu Aegis Network, one of the top 10 […]

Steve Miller

Steve Miller Creative Director OneMethod – CANADA Since 2005, Steve has led the creative and strategic thinking for OneMethod Digital + Design. In the process, he […]

Floor Wijburg

Floor Wijburg COO W&I Consultants – SWEDEN Floor Wijburg is COO of W&I Consultants, an international marketing and communication agency, working with cities, administrations, local governments, […]

Parveen Panwar

Parveen Panwar CEO PMI 5 Media – LOS ALTOS Parveen is an entrepreneur and investor focused on realizing the potential of interactive media. After nearly a decade […]