Recognising Remarkable Results: Introducing the 2023 Effie Awards Jury

The Jury for the 2023 Effie Awards has been announced by The Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) and Effie South Africa. The Effie Jury has the crucial responsibility of upholding the integrity of the industry’s ability to deliver against business objectives while ensuring that the judging process adheres to the highest industry standards. The winners of the 2023 programme will be announced at a gala awards ceremony to be held in Johannesburg on September 15th, 2023.

 The jury members, entrusted with Awarding Ideas that Work®, have been carefully selected based on their knowledge and experience within the marketing, communications, and advertising sectors. The 2023 panel consists of esteemed industry leaders and trendsetters drawn from various disciplines on both the client and agency sides, including the C-Suite, senior management, strategy, digital, creative, research, and media.

To provide an even better experience for agencies and marketers submitting entries, the Effie SA committee, following a request for approval to Effie Worldwide, has implemented key changes in the judging process for the 2023 Effie Awards South Africa.

  • There has been a reduction in the number of overall judges selected this year, but an increase in average seniority of the judging pool.
  • Second-round judges will be drawn from the first round panel, ensuring increased consistency in the adjudication process.
  • Second-round judges will be exclusively selected from participating judges representing ACA member agencies, along with leading marketers.
  • Another critical change is the extension of time allowed for reading cases prior to  formal judging, now extended to seven days, ensuring a more thorough review and well-informed judging process.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the calibre of judges for this year’s Effie Awards. As a collective, they represent a truly diverse and representative selection of the entire sector, consisting of top-level, experienced professionals from both the client and agency sides. The individuals entrusted with awarding cases represent a variety of advertising and marketing disciplines, which are key to an effective and equitable process,” says Mathe Okaba, CEO of the ACA.

The first-round judges will review, discuss, and score submissions on July 19th, after which the panel will finalise the “shortlist” that will proceed to the second round.

During the second round on August 8th, all shortlisted campaigns that have proven to be effective and have achieved marketing objectives will be evaluated by the second selected panel of judges. This round will involve scoring and identifying campaigns that will be awarded finalist status and deemed deserving of a highly respected Effie Award.

The top honour, the Grand Effie, will be judged by a third jury, once again drawn from the existing jurors, together with extra participants. The Grand Effie judging panel consists of C-Suite representatives who are tasked with awarding the most effective campaign of the year. Grand Effie winners are not guaranteed; however, campaigns worthy of such an award will only be considered among the Gold Effie winners selected in round two. The Grand Effie judging will take place on August 30th, 2023.

“We look forward to the panel once again confirming and highlighting the value our industry delivers to the marketing and communications sector. We are thrilled to announce that we have made tweaks to the programme, particularly with respect to improving the judging process and look forward with great pleasure to announcing the most effective work of the year on September 15th at the Gala event,” comments Okaba.

Joe Public Co-MD and Jury Co-Chair, Mpume Ngobese, adds: ” We are privileged to have a jury comprised of such esteemed professionals entrusted with selecting the work that truly delivers results. The varied panels employed by the Effie program ensure that winning cases will have been subjected to extensive rigor throughout the adjudication process. I look forward to highly engaging and valuable discussion and debate during the various rounds of judging.”

Effie Awards South Africa 2023 Round 1 Jury


Angie Hattingh Strategic Planning Director Superunion Africa
Astrid Staegemann Media Director – South Africa iProspect
Atiyya Karodia Strategy Director VMLY&R
Babalwa Nyembezi Strategy Partner Dentsu
Brunella Boamgard Lead: Brand Integration/Execution Absa
Buli Ndlovu Executive Head: RBB Marketing Nedbank
Candice Goodman Managing Director Mobitainment
Carel Scheepers Head of Strategy Havas Worldwide
Carl Willoughby Chief Creative Officer TBWA Hunt Lascaris
Carlo Murison Group CEO / Group CCO Two Tone Global
Charles Erasmus Head of Strategy & Design Thinking Sunshinegun
Danny de Nobrega Managing Director Kilmer & Cruise
Fran Luckin Chief Creative Officer Grey Advertising
Gillian Rightford Managing Director Adtherapy
Jabulani Sigege Executive Creative Director Machine
Jacques Du Bruyn Managing Director Flume
Johanna McDowell Founder and Chief Executive Officer IAS
Justine Drake Executive Content Director John Brown Media
Laurent Marty Chief Strategy Officer Joe Public
Makosha Maja-Rasethaba Chief Diversity Officer & Head of Strategy (JHB) M&C Saatchi Abel
Mogorosi  Mashilo Founder & Director TrendER
Moliehi Molekoa Managing Director Magna Carta Reputation Management Consultants
Mosala Phillips Chief Marketing Officer Old Mutual
Neo Makhele Chief Strategy Officer Ogivly South Africa
Ponatshego Makhuza Shopper Marketing Lead Unilever
Refilwe Maluleke TBWASA CSO and

Yellowwood MD

TBWASA and Yellowwood Future Architects
Sarah Dexter Chief Executive Officer MullenLowe South Africa
Thibedi Meso Chief Creative Officer House of Brave
Thomas Lawrence Marketing Manager SAB
Tseliso Rangaka Chief Creative Officer Draft FCB
Tshiamo Tladi Strategy Director: Retail – Song (Africa Accenture
Vikash Gajjar Strategy Director Razor PR, an M&C Saatchi Group company
Warren Moss Chief Executive Officer Demographica
Yasmin Kathoria Brand Growth Director Kantar Consulting
Zayd Abrahams Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Tiger Brands
Zetu Damane Chief Strategic Officer McCann1886

“It’s an honour to be co-chair of the 2023 Effie SA jury with Mpume and I’m truly excited about seeing and being part of the adjudication process, as we seek to recognise the most effective work our industry has to offer. We’ve taken extra care to see how we can improve the entire process this year and we’re confident that these changes will further improve this amazing platform. I’m committed to work with our jury, to find and recognise our industry’s strongest ideas that prove their business impact,” adds Pete Case, Creative Chairman of Ogilvy SA and Jury Co-Chair.

Tickets for the 2023 Effie Awards, taking place on September 15th are available for purchase exclusively online via the dedicated ticketing portal by clicking here.

The Effie Awards South Africa is hosted by the ACA and sponsored by Nedbank, Investec and GIB, recognise marketing communication that is not only creative but, most importantly, effective.

The awards are in proud partnership with the Nedbank IMC Conference, Africa’s foremost integrated marketing conference. Attendees will gain valuable insights at the Nedbank IMC conference taking place during the say, and then witness how these insights are applied to achieve remarkable results at the Effie Awards Gala in the evening.

 Join the conversation using the hashtags #EffieAwardsSA, #MarketingUpClose, and #NedbankIMC2023. For more information on the 2023 Effie Awards, visit

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