London International Awards 2017 reveals impressive Creative LIAisons speaker line-up

Ralph-van-Dijk-thumb-200x200-253387.jpgLondon International Awards (LIA) has today announced the line-up of speakers for the 6th annual Creative LIAisons program, taking place at Encore/Wynn, Las Vegas from October 4th through October 7th.

Creative LIAisons is LIA's way of giving back. By refraining from a fancy award show the whole budget goes to organizing this unique event for young creatives.

The speaker line-up includes Australia's Ralph van Dijk (left), founding creative director of Eardrum, Sydney along with Aussie expats Bob Isherwood and Jeremy Perrott, global chief creative officer at McCann Health.
Says Barbara Levy, president, LIA: "All of our 2017 speakers have one thing in common. They all believe that the investment that LIA makes in Creative LIAisons is an invaluable investment in the future of the industry.

"In an era when award budgets are being cut due to less revenue, LIA is proud that we can continue to provide the industry with this fully funded program; the opportunity to bring together the world's brightest minds from all corners of the globe in order to inspire, educate and exchange ideas with creatives in the top of the industry."

This year's speakers, the industry legends that will help to inspire the next generation of leaders, include:

  • Susan Credle, Global Chief Creative Officer at FCB Worldwide
  • Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy & Mather
  • Mark Tutssel, Global Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett Worldwide and Creative Chairman of Publicis Communications
  • Susan Credle, Global Chief Creative Officer at FCB Worldwide
  • Bob Isherwood
  • Amir Kassaei, Global Chief Creative Officer at DDB Worldwide
  • Ted Royer, Chief Creative Officer at Droga5
  • Malcolm Poynton, Global Chief Creative Officer at Cheil Worldwide
  • Jeremy Perrott, Global Chief Creative Officer at McCann Health
  • Pum Lefebure, Co-Founder / Chief Creative Officer at Design Army
  • Karen Howe, President at The Township, Toronto
  • Rosie Yakob, Partner & Managing Director at genius steals
  • Ralph van Dijk, Founding Creative Director at Eardrum Sydney
  • Sonal Dabral
  • Chris Smith, Brand Creative Group Head at The Richards Group
  • Andrew Howlett, Founding Partner of RAIN

Creative LIAisons is tailor-made for young creatives in every sense, from the opportunity to meet so many young talented minds from around the globe, to learning from some of the most influential people in our industry, who will talk about issues and topics that concern young creatives specifically, to the mind blowing and rare opportunity of sitting in on a Statue Discussion, peeking into the judges' minds and witnessing a process that affects every creative in the world. It is a rare opportunity that young creatives only experience at LIA.

LIA Logo.jpegLevy went on to say: "These days, agencies are talking about how hard it is to attract young creative talent as they are all being head-hunted by the techs directly from university and lured from agencies. Creative LIAisons provides agencies a hook, an opportunity to offer a young creative one or two years in, a promise of 'I'll get you to Vegas to the LIA judging, where you have a week to pick the brains of the top creative leaders worldwide, and get a chance to sit in on judging'. A big plus for any agency to promise!"

The LIA Entry System is open for entries. The final deadline is 31st August. The Entry System must close on this date.

For more information on submissions and eligibility, please visit the LIA website at or email

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