The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the names of the global experts confirmed to lead the 2024 Juries. Leading the Audio and Radio jury is Colenso BBDO’s Chief Creative Officer, Si Vicars.


“To represent New Zealand and Colenso BBDO as a jury president is a career highlight. To me, Cannes is an important chance to celebrate the brands who embraced the power of creativity to give themselves an unfair commercial advantage.” Says Vicars,

“From a smaller market point of view, Cannes has always been an opportunity to win your way out of obscurity and stand shoulder to shoulder with the biggest agencies and brands from around the world. It’s a week of envy, inspiration, despair and, if you get it all right, euphoria. I can’t wait.”

With a career spanning 17 years, Vicars was awarded his first Cannes Lion in 2008. He then went on to win 53 lions as a Copywriter, including two Grand Prix, one Titanium and 19 golds – placing him amongst the most prolifically awarded Creatives in the world. His work, including DB Export Brewtroleum, The Pedigree Child Replacement Programme, Samsung’s Smart Phone Line and Monteith’s Twigs helped Colenso BBDO win Pacific Agency of the Decade at Cannes (2010 – 2020). After three years at adam & eve DDB London leading adidas football, Virgin Media and Mars Petcare, he returned to Colenso BBDO and created Skinny’s Phone It In campaign. In 2023, as Chief Creative Officer, he helped the Auckland-based agency win Cannes Agency of the Year for the Pacific region.

Convening in Cannes in June, the Jury Presidents will help benchmark excellence across the world’s very best creative and effective work.

Among the Jury Presidents, Tor Myhren will serve as the Film Lions Jury President – the first time Apple has been represented. GUT’s Anselmo Ramos is confirmed as the Brand Experience & Activation Lions President after a series of historic wins in 2023, and Debbi Vandeven has been announced as Jury President of the Dan Wieden Titanium Lions, representing the largest creative agency network in the world, VML.

Additionally, after leading its first Jury, Cindy Gallop returns as the Glass: The Lion for Change Jury President for its 10th edition, while previous Lion of St Mark honouree, Prasoon Pandey, is named as the Film Craft Lions President.

Commenting on the Jury Presidents, Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said: “Our Jury Presidents play a crucial role in the existence of the Lions. Their knowledge, skills and incredible talent, combined with the commitment and leadership that they will bring to their roles, bring integrity and rigour to the Lions. This is an exceptional line-up of talent from across the world, and we can’t wait to see the work that rises to the top in June.”

The Cannes Lions 2024 Jury Presidents have been announced as follows:

Audio & Radio Lions President
Simon Vicars, Chief Creative Officer, Colenso BBDO, New Zealand

Brand Experience & Activation Lions President
Anselmo Ramos, Founder, Creative Chairman, GUT, Global

Creative B2B Lions President
Andisa Ntsubane, Managing Executive: Brand, Marketing and Communications Africa, Vodacom Group, Africa

Creative Business Transformation Lions President
Ariana Stolarz, Global Chief Strategy Officer, Marketing, Accenture Song, Global

Creative Commerce Lions President
Amy Lanzi, CEO, Digitas NA, Digitas, North America

Creative Data Lions President
Rose Herceg, Country President Australia and New Zealand, WPP, Australia and New Zealand

Creative Effectiveness Lions President
Harjot Singh, Global Chief Strategy Officer, McCann and McCann Worldgroup, Global

Creative Strategy Lions President
Vita M. Harris, Global Chief Strategy Officer, FCB, Global

Design Lions President
Fura Johannesdottir, Chief Creative Officer, Huge, Global

Digital Craft Lions President
Kentaro Kimura, International Chief Creative Officer and Corporate Officer, Hakuhodo, APAC

Direct Lions President
Pancho Cassis, Partner and Global Chief Creative Officer, DAVID, Global

Entertainment Lions President
Geoffrey Edwards, Executive Creative Director, GALE, USA

Entertainment Lions for Gaming President
Lydia Winters, Chief Storyteller, Mojang Studios, Global

Entertainment Lions for Music President
Madeline Nelson, US Head of Independent Label Relations, Amazon Music, USA

Entertainment Lions for Sport President
Louise Johnson, CEO, Fuse International, UK/EMEA

Film Lions President
Tor Myhren, VP Marketing Communications, Apple Inc, Global

Film Craft Lions President
Prasoon Pandey, Ad Film Maker, Corcoise Films, India

Glass: The Lion for Change President
Cindy Gallop, Founder and CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn, Global

Health & Wellness Lions President
Wendy Chan, Health Creative Lead, Asia Pacific, Edelman, APAC

Industry Craft Lions President
Kalpesh Patankar, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, UAE

Innovation Lions President
Diego Machado, Global Chief Creative Officer, AKQA, Global

Media Lions President
Prerna Mehrotra, Chief Client Officer and CEO Media, dentsu, APAC

Outdoor Lions President
Marco Venturelli, Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe, France

Pharma Lions President
Collette Douaihy, Global Chief Creative Officer, Health, Dentsu Health, Global

PR Lions President
Kat Thomas, Founder and Global Chief Creative Officer, One Green Bean, Global

Print & Publishing Lions President
John Raúl Forero, President and Chief Creative Officer, DDB, Colombia

Social & Influencer Lions President
Amy Ferguson, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, USA

Sustainable Development Goals Lions President
Gustavo Lauria, Co-Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer, We Believers, USA

Titanium Lions President
Debbi Vandeven, Global Chief Creative Officer, VML, Global

The Jury President of the new Luxury & Lifestyle Lions will be announced shortly.

Cannes Lions is now open for awards submissions until 11 April 2024. Further information on the Awards, including entry kits, can be found here. Updates to this year’s Lions include the launch of the Luxury & Lifestyle Lions, the retirement of the Mobile Lions and the introduction of a humour category to the Cultural & Context sections that sit across the Lions.

Cannes Lions 2024 takes place from 17 to 21 June in Cannes, France. Further information on Pass options, including the new Equity, Representation and Accessibility Programme, as well as the breadth of initiatives, funded opportunities and academies on offer, can be found at