The One Club names 10 in Middle East & Africa to Next Creative Leaders jury
Posted on 2023 Oct,20

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The One Club for Creativity, in partnership with The 3% Movement, announced 10 in Middle East & Africa who are among the 70 creatives from 27 countries named to serve on the jury for Next Creative Leaders 2023, a free global competition recognizing women and non-binary creatives on the rise.

Now in its ninth year, Next Creative Leaders is a free portfolio competition that identifies, celebrates, and provides a global platform to talented women and non-binary creatives who are making their mark on the world with both their work and unique point of view on creative leadership that’s changing the industry for the better.  

NCL 2023 judges in Middle East & Africa are:

  • Kevo Abba, Stylist, Art Director, Visual Artist, Kevo Abbra Styling & Art Studio, Nairobi 
  • Shadi Al Hiroub, CCO, MENAMONSTERS, Dubai
  • Diogo Borges, Executive Creative Tech Director,  ‿ and us, Dubai
  • Sarah Guessoum, Creative Strategy Lead, TikTok, Dubai
  • Sinmisola Hughes-Obisesan, ECD, Publicis Groupe, Ikoyi, Lagos
  • Chesang’ Koech, Senior Writer, Ogilvy Africa, Nairobi
  • Manal Naji, Associate CD, Leo Burnett, Beirut
  • Brian Njagi, CD, Ogilvy Africa, Nairobi
  • Neema Nouse, Writer, The Odd Number, Johannesburg
  • Jason Velasquez Burayag, Senior CD, Socialize/We Are Social, Dubai


Eligible participants for NCL are those stepping into leadership roles, including copywriters, art directors, designers, ACDs, newly promoted creative and design directors with less than one year in the role, and creative teams who are doing game-changing work.

Entries highlighting a candidate’s creativity, leadership, and unique point of view must be submitted by the December 1, 2023 deadline. To make Next Creative Leaders as open and accessible as possible, there is no fee to enter, with a strong push for candidates to self-nominate. Winners will be announced in February 2024.

Along with naming global winners based upon the highest jury scores, the competition also recognizes regional winners in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East/Africa, and North America.