Mad Stars Announces Leaders of Executive Juries

Mad Stars has announced the leaders of its executive juries for 2024.

“We spent a lot of time identifying and selecting individuals for each jury group who understand the cultural diversity of each region, can distinguish the creativity of creative ideas, and are highly respected in the industry,” said Hwanjin Choi, chairperson of Mad Stars.

“In doing so, we are proud to have four executive juries who can lead the high level of judging that is befitting of a global awards show.”


With this year’s transition to paid entries, Mad Stars has also upgraded its judging process to ensure that the winners are selected fairly and that the winners are global and culturally diverse.

Mad Stars Executive Jury Leaders

  • Emma de la Fosse, Chief Creative Officer, Edelman UK
  • Joji Jacob, Regional Chief Creative Officer, Havas SEA + NA & Co-founder, BLKJ Havas Singapore
  • Matt MacDonald, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO New York
  • Suzana Apelbaum, Head of Creative and Innovation, Google

Emma de la Fosse, chief creative officer, Edelman UK, became the first-ever group chief creative officer of Ogilvy UK in 2016. Under her co-leadership, Ogilvy One became the most highly awarded digital and direct agency in the UK. Three years later, she became chief creative officer of one of the UK’s foremost digital agencies, Digitas UK, whose creative fortunes and reputation she helped to rebuild. She is now a chief creative officer of Edelman UK, the world’s largest and most successful PR and comms agency. In 2020, Emma was awarded a lifetime achievement medal at The Caples Awards, recognizing outstanding creativity in customer marketing.

de la Fosse commented, “Mad Stars is such an interesting festival. As well as fantastic integrated creative work, I’m really looking forward to seeing some exciting digital content ideas. This is an area of the creative industries that is currently undergoing a radical change with the advent of generative AI. So, I am looking for ideas with humanity in digital content. I think Mad Stars is where I will find them.”

Joji Jacob, regional chief creative officer, Havas SEA + NA & co-founder of BLKJ Havas Singapore, has built his expertise over 20 years with some of the biggest and best agencies in India and Singapore such as FCB, Ogilvy, JWT, BBDO, and DDB. In February of this year, he was appointed regional chief creative officer for Havas SEA + NA, while continuing to serve as creative partner at BLKJ Havas Singapore, the agency he co-founded in 2016. He is also a member of Havas’s Global Creative Council, and of chairing the APAC Creative Council. Joji has been named Singapore’s Most Influential Creative Director by the Institute of Advertising Singapore and South-East Asia’s Creative Person of the Year by Campaign two years in a row.


“With its low entry barrier, Mad Stars is a great creative leveller. This is an award show that a one-woman agency and a global network can enter with equal ease. I am hoping to see more work from the underdogs at Mad Stars this year,” said Jacob.

Image via Mad Stars

Matt MacDonald, chief creative officer, BBDO New York, joined the agency in 2014 as executive vice president, and group creative director. He rose to become chief creative officer for Omnicom on AT&T, the company’s largest account in the US, managing integrated, cross-agency teams in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Matt has helped BBDO to win some of the agency’s biggest new business pitches and prior to BBDO, he was instrumental in the creative transformation of JWT New York. As well as winning every major award many times over, he has created reality shows for TLC and MTV, an animated prime-time Christmas special for CBS, and documentaries that screened at film festivals from Annecy to Tribeca. 

Suzana Apelbaum, head of creative and innovation, Google, began her advertising career as a copywriter in Rio de Janeiro at one of Brazil’s pioneering digital agencies. As a creative director at Africa Creative, she played a key role in leading the agency to win second place for Interactive Agency of the Year at Cannes. She also headed her own digital agency in Sao Paulo, called Hello Interactive. Suzana moved to the US in 2010 as executive creative director of StrawberryFrog and went on to lead creative teams at VML and Anomaly. She now leads creative at Google in New York, is a member of the Ad Council USA’s Diversity and Leadership Board and was recently elected One of the World Most Influential Creative Directors by AdWomen.


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