D&AD signs another Kiwi

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D&AD London has engaged six creative superstars as headline speakers for the D&AD Festival in April. The list features LA-based Kiwi radio DJ Zane Lowe (son of Radio Hauraki co-founder Derek Lowe).

The festival runs Tuesday-Thursday 25-27 April, and the D&AD Awards ceremony will be held during the festival.

The six speakers are:

  • Anna Higgs, Nowness – An award-winning producer and creative executive who leads ground-breaking work at the intersection of film and digital storytelling. She’s CD at Nowness, a global video channel bringing together the best in culture, with the best of emerging and established filmmaking voices.
  • Erik Kessels, KesselsKramer – Dutch artist, designer and photography curator. He’s CD at KesselsKramer Amsterdam, and works for clients such as Nike, Diesel, J&B Whisky, Oxfam and Citizen M.
  • Piera Luisa Gelardi, Refinery29 – CD and co-founder at the lifestyle destination Refinery29, a leading digital-media company based in New York.
  • Stefan Sagmeister, Sagmeister&Walsh – Co-founder of celebrated New York design agency Sagmeister&Walsh. Sagmeister worked for the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. He’s a two time Grammy winner.
  • Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter – The man at the helm of an enormous global community built around creativity and creative projects, Strickler is the co-founder and ceo of Kickstarter. In 2015 it became a Benefit Corporation, a for-profit company that is obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders.
  • Zane Lowe, Beats1 – Lowe is a New Zealand-born radio DJ, record producer and television presenter. Originally coming to prominence through presenting on XFM and MTV Europe, and then on BBC Radio 1 from 2003–2015. He is now the CD and LA Anchor for Beats 1, Apple’s first free global radio station.

Joining them across the four stages will be speakers including a food futurologist and Amsterdam’s Night Mayor as well as some of the most famous designers, creative directors, founders and CEOs from around the globe. Brands including WeTransfer, Sonos and Unmade will impart knowledge alongside agencies R/GA, adam&eveDDB, Leo Burnett, Turner Duckworth, Dentsu, FITCH to name a few.

“Everything D&AD does is about celebrating, stimulating and enabling creativity – in the context of working towards a more sustainable and more diverse industry,” said D&AD ceo Tim Lindsay. “The D&AD Festival is that mission and those values in action – a glorious celebration of the great work that results when diverse talent collaborates in pursuit of excellence.”


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