Documentary Director & Doer of Good
Ben has spent the best part of 2 decades working as an advertising creative/Creative Director before turning his energy to documentary making.
He’s worked at some of the world’s top creative agencies: HHCL, BBH and Droga5 before he joined the ethical revolution at Republic of Everyone in Sydney and later Futurra in London, where he harnessed his evil powers for doing good.
His work includes getting Vanilla Ice to say “Sorry” for Virgin mobile. Setting an (unofficial) tweeting World Record for V Australia and taking a Hot Potato van around Australia, to change Aussies opinion of Asylum Seekers.
He’s been named in Australian Creative’s Power Top 20
and has won over 50 international advertising and film awards. But awards aren’t important unless they make an impact.
Head of Marketing EMEA Airbnb
Alex joined Airbnb as Head of Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa in
August 2014, up to which time she enjoyed a ‘lattice’ career, leaping from luxury
brand advertising in New York to marketing public health products and services to
the most vulnerable populations in Central Africa. She has been an account director, strategic planner, brand strategist, guest lecturer, back-packer and post-graduate student of investigative journalism, to name but a few explored avenues. Directly prior to joining Airbnb, Alex worked at The Coca-Cola Company, first as Global Creative Director, then as Director of Creative Excellence in Northwest Europe.
Global Creative Director Facebook
Andrew Keller is Global Creative Director of Facebook's Creative Shop. As Global Creative Director, he will be responsible for exploring the next era of creativity while empowering mobile innovation of Facebook's storytelling solutions within the creative community. Andrew's philosophy on creativity in business has always focused on fundamentally connecting with people in unconventional ways that add meaning, utility and value to their lives. He believes Facebook is the platform to explore these themes deeper in partnership with like minded agencies and brands.
Throughout his career, Andrew's work has been recognized by top international award shows including Cannes Lions where he's been awarded three Titanium Grand Prix Lions. He has served on several award juries including Cannes Lions, Andy's, CLIO, LIA, One Show, D&AD, AICP Awards, Communication Arts, among others.
Prior to Facebook, Andrew spent 18 years of his career with creative agency CP+B, starting as an Art Director and rising to Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer of the agency. Throughout his career, Andrew led numerous accounts including Burger King, MINI, Dominos and American Express. Under his leadership and tenure at CP+B, the agency was named Agency of the Year 13 times by Advertising Age and Adweek, as well as Agency of the Decade by Advertising Age. Two of his campaigns have been named to Advertising Age's s Top 15 Ad Campaigns of the 21st century.
Andrew is new to New York City, having just to moved to the city with his wife and two sets of twin boys.
Chairman Global Creative Council Grey
Per Pedersen was born and raised at Grey. He’s the global creative evangelist of the network and has been leading the rise of creative reputation and culture at Grey since 2014 resulting in a top three rank for the network last year at Cannes and in being named Global Network of Year by Adweek. Earlier this year Grey appointed Per Chairman of the Global Creative Council and made him part of the global leadership team. Before ending up in the New York headquarter Per was the Co-founder of Uncle Grey in Denmark and CCO of Grey Germany. He is the most awarded creative in the Grey network with 300+ awards – including 43 Cannes Lions.
Founder & Chairman Venable Bell & Partners
Paul Venables is blessed to be Chairman of Venables Bell & Partners. He’s proud of the agency’s independence. Of its fearless creative work. Of its talented, honest people. And its courageous clients. The combination of the above has directly led to Venables Bell being named to AdAge’s A-List, the REI #OptOutside campaign that recently won Best of Show at the One Show, 64 consecutive record sales months for Audi, the award-winning documentary “All Work, All Play” for Intel, an 8000% increase in Reebok’s social following, and a 70% new business win rate. Prior to VB&P, Paul was Co-Creative Director and heir apparent of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. He was also an ACD at Korey, Kay & Partners, a copywriter at McCaffrey & McCall and a telephone receptionist at a small New York agency. He had attempted to be a telephone receptionist at a large New York agency, but failed the typing tests.