Three creatives from the Middle East to partake in the Next Creative Leaders 2022 global jury
Posted on 2022 Aug,10

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The One Club for Creativity and The 3% Movement have announced five creatives from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region--Three from the Midle East and two from Africa-- who are part of the initial global jury for Next Creative Leaders 2022 (NCL 2022), a free-to-enter competition recognizing women and non-binary creatives on the rise.

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


NCL 2022 judges from the MEA region are:

  • Shadi Al Hroub, founder/CEO, MENAMONSTERS, Muscat, Oman
  • Rana Khoury, ECD, Leo Burnett Beirut, Lebanon
  • Teresa Nyamorambo Makori, ACD, Isobar - Dentsu Kenya, Nairobi
  • Hyun Seo Yoo, creative strategist, TikTok, Dubai, UAE
  • Grant Sithole, chief product officer, Publicis Groupe Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa


The initial list is composed of judges from 17 countries, with additional jury members to be named shortly.

Eligible entrants for NCL are those who are 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.

Along with naming 10 global winners based upon the highest scores, the competition also recognizes regional winners in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East/Africa, and North America.  

Entries highlighting a candidate’s creativity, leadership, and unique point of view must be submitted by the August 26, 2022 deadline. To make Next Creative Leaders as open and accessible as possible, there is no fee to enter.  

Entrants are judged on four-to-six pieces of creative work and information about how they — and their work — are pushing the industry forward and making a positive contribution in terms of diversity, mentoring, and advocacy.  Winners will be announced in Fall 2022.

Each NCL winner receives a one-year complimentary individual membership with The One Club, with opportunities to participate in future One Club awards juries, and complimentary tickets to a One Club professional development conference ($1,000+ value), panels, and mentorship events. 

Winners also each get their work showcased on The One Club website, promotion on both The 3% Movement and The One Club social channels, and potential speaking opportunities.  The 10 global winners also get a dedicated profile article about them on The One Club website.

Branding for Next Creative Leaders 2022 was designed by the team of NCL 2021 winners Cara Mia Cecchini and Mia Rafowitz, both of whom are on this year’s jury.