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When creativity and technology come together effectively, digital advertising delivers. The Drum Awards for Digital Advertising highlights the very best of digital media and the technology that sits behind the world’s most effective campaigns.

This awards programme recognises work in EMEA and the Americas and is now open for entry, so make sure you enter by Wednesday 20 January.

This year’s jury includes experts from IAB UK, The 7 Stars, Vodafone, VIOOH, A Million Ads, LadBible Group, The Programmatic Advisory, Croud, Lab Group and Innovid, with more to be announced. 

Who’s who?

Below are 13 of this year’s jury members, with further names to be added daily:

<div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/5c... alt="Tina Lakhani"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">IAB UK</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Tina Lakhani</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">head of ad tech</div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">Lakhani is head of ad tech at IAB UK, the industry body for digital advertising. Her remit includes facilitating discussion and collaboration among the ad tech community to address mutual challenges, with a current focus on user ID, brand safety and transparency. She is also the UK liaison for the US based IAB Tech Lab; working to educate and drive adoption of market standards. From a technical perspective, Lakhani inputs on industry taskforces and the IAB Gold Standard.</div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">There is so much innovation and creativity in the way that our industry uses data and technology to deliver effective digital advertising and I am really excited to be judging The Drum’s Digital Awards, celebrating the people and the tech behind the ads. From smart planning to thoughtful use of data to cutting-edge anti-fraud solutions, many factors feed into an effective campaign, all of which deserve celebrating. I’ll be looking for the unique ideas and fearless innovation that’s helping to drive our industry forward.</div></div></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/40... alt="Michelle Sarpong"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">The 7 Stars</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Michelle Sarpong</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">trading director</div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">Sarpong is an experienced marketer in driving omni channel solutions, with a demonstrated history of working in some of the biggest media agencies in the UK. Her experience spans multi-channel and multi-vertical from FMCG, auto, retail, tech, ents and everything in between. She is currently trading director at the7Stars, the largest independent agency driving commercial growth and innovation within the market.</div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">I want to be a part of the collaborative team and process of celebrating the campaigns that really thrived and came through for their consumers in a year like no other. What I am looking for are brands that were undeniably forward thinking in their approach and agile in a disruptive market.2020 was very much about navigating a new world and overcoming challenges we may not have encountered before. I want to highlight campaigns that were able to balance driving business impact as well as having consumers interest at the heart of the campaign. </div></div></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/b6... alt="Richard Kanolik"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">Vodafone</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Richard Kanolik</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">head of programmatic</div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">Kanolik began learning his craft during his four years at the7stars media agency, later moving to Omnicom Media Group to onboard their then new account Volkswagen Group. Swapping automotive for telecoms, and agency for client side, he recently made the switch to Vodafone to head up the programmatic team with his first task being, in-housing for the UK.</div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">There is always so much talent and innovation within the industry and I have no doubt this will be on show once again in what was a difficult 2020. I am looking forward to seeing how the industry reacted to the current events to deliver best in class campaigns and results for their clients.</div></div></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/86... alt="Jean-Christophe Conti"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">VIOOH</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Jean-Christophe Conti</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">chief executive officer</div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">With over 25 years of industry experience, Conti joined VIOOH when the business launched in 2018. He leads a team of digital out of home and ad tech experts in developing and managing VIOOH’s platform and is also responsible for driving the business’ continued growth. Prior to joining VIOOH, Conti's wide-ranging and international experience included roles in various media and ad tech companies as well as telcos, managing large multi-market commercial and product teams. He held senior roles at Yahoo!, where he spent over 10 years, latterly as vice president, partnerships group for the EMEA region. Following this, he was vice president managing the publishers business unit, EMEA at AppNexus. </div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">As the shift towards a digital-first world continues at pace, there has perhaps never been a more relevant time to celebrate the best that digital media has to offer. These awards recognise a modern approach to successful advertising by focusing on the very best of what can be achieved when creativity and technology collide. In today’s challenging climate, where positive and responsible messaging is taking centre stage alongside effectiveness, The Drum Awards for Digital Advertising represent a great opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate its most impactful work.</div></div></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/05... alt="Niki Stoker"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">A Million Ads</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Niki Stoker</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">chief operating officer </div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">Securing her first MD role at the age of 36, Stoker has over 20 years experience in the digital advertising space, with a special focus on creative and technology.  Since co-founding Rabbit and Hare in 201, her talent has won her widespread recognition and seen her take multiple leadership positions, as well as a seat at the boardroom tables of Tangozebra, Doubleclick, Flashtalking, Tribal Fusion, Exponential, Scoota and Mobsta. Stoker is passionate about empowering people. She is an active member of the DLL and has been an industry coach and mentor for 15 years, encouraging people to maximise their skills and potential. Most recently she was a mentor for Adweek’s global virtual speed mentoring session.</div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">Being amongst the calibre of judges on this year's Drum Awards for Digital Advertising demonstrates how important and influential the awards are, so I am ecstatic to be included and have the chance to share my thoughts. Mostly I am intrigued to see how brands and agencies have navigated this challenging climate through the clever use of creativity, tech, innovation not forgetting empathy in order to reach consumers in a meaningful and contextually relevant way.</div></div></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/4c... alt="Stevie Antonioni"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">LADbible Group</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Stevie Antonioni</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">head of display and programmatic sales</div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">Antonioni joined LADbible Group in August 2020 to help establish and grow the display and programmatic offering. She started her career with ITV, and has gone on to amass a wealth of experience in the digital content and advertising space, specialising in digital, publisher and programmatic sales with roles at large scale publishers including Hearst Magazines, The Telegraph Group and Trinity Mirror. Prior to joining LADbible Group, she was commercial director at Dentsu, where she was responsible for launching the first specialist Native DSP within a large agency group.</div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">I believe that to deliver truly exceptional digital campaign performance, you need to have great products and ideas, as well as a team of people working together, to the same end goal! Now more than ever collaboration is so important, and I’m looking forward to seeing entries that showcase not only best in class product, but also the behind the scenes magic that will ultimately allow everyone to win, businesses and clients alike.</div></div></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/af... alt="Danielle Stewart"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">The Programmatic Advisory</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Danielle Stewart</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">senior programmatic consultant</div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">Having previously led a global trading team, Stewart's vast programmatic experience spans many verticals, channels, and aspects of campaign activation. She is currently a senior programmatic consultant at The Programmatic Advisory, where she is responsible for aiding brands to mature their programmatic approaches to best-in-class solutions. She is also a regular trainer for both the IAB UK and The Programmatic University, educating marketers on both the basics and more advanced topics surrounding programmatic.</div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">During an unpredictable time for many businesses, I’m looking forward to seeing examples of how the industry is continuing to push forward with innovation and creativity. With the increase of screen time comes the issue of screen fatigue - with this in mind, I’m particularly interested to see how consumer attention has effectively been captured through the use of creativity, technology and data to drive business outcomes. Credit is truly due to those partners and brands who have been able to cut through the noise, so I’m excited to be joining this year’s panel to see what the entrants have to offer!</div></div></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/05... alt="Connie Delbono"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">Croud</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Connie Delbono</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">biddabe director</div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">Del Bono has over eight years specialist experience in Biddable and often speaks on matters of privacy, SPO, brand safety and cross-channel strategy. Her experience in programmatic, paid social and paid search leads her to push the boundaries and find the perfect equilibrium between brand equity and performance across an array of clients in the US and, historically in the UK and Singapore. During her time in the field of Biddable, clients have included Reckitt Benckiser, Toyota, Kohls, Simon Malls, AMC Networks, TickPick, TheStreet and FIFA.</div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">I am not looking for a spectacular use of language and long winding paragraphs, but entries which have an authentic combination of strategy, creativity and results. The past year has been tough on brands and agencies alike, and I am excited to see what has been born out of the turmoil.</div></div></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/2d... alt="Harpreet Bushell"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">LAB Group</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Harpreet Bushell</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">group chief growth officer</div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">Bushell has over 13 years’ experience in driving business across digital services, products and licences, with expertise in marketing, sales, partner management, analyst relations and client services. Extremely active in the tech community, recent highlights include being named a Sitecore MVP three years running, invitation into the Forbes Business Development Council, 2019 BD100 award, 2020 BIMA100 and being a member of the BIMA Diversity and Inclusion council.</div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">The possibilities tech and digital can bring us is often only limited by our imagination and willingness to change. The pandemic has given us the opportunity to push these boundaries further and faster than ever, which is why I'm so excited about judging these awards this year. I’m excited to see how entrants have successfully blurred the line between creativity and tech and been able to resonate with audiences at such a volatile time.</div></div></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--below--2" ><div class="list-people__item clearfix"><div class="col col--16of16 col--4of16--xsm col--3of16--sm" style="min-height: 90px"><div class="list-people__item__image" style="margin-top: 0 !important;"><img class="lazy" data-original="https://thedrum-prod.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lists/meet-the-judges/34... alt="Stephanie Geno"></div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--12of16--xsm col--5of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__company" style="font-size: 27px !important;">Innovid</div><div class="list-people__item__name">Stephanie Geno</div><div class="list-people__item__job-title">senior vice president, marketing</div></div><div class="col col--16of16 col--8of16--sm"><div class="list-people__item__bio">Geno oversees Innovid's global integrated marketing and communications efforts. She has demonstrated a fearlessness and force of intellect that few can match in her 15 years in media and martech. Being one of the few women of colour who has reached a prestigious level in her career, Geno is adamant about paying it forward to the next generation. She has been a thought leader for programs such as CES 2020 and Brand Innovator's Women in Marketing where she shared her real-world experience in fighting for access and opportunity within marketing and technology.</div><br/></div><div class="col col--16of16 margin--above--1"><div class="testimonial__desc" style="margin-top: 10px">Getting a behind the scenes look at the most compelling campaigns of 2020 from the industry's top brands, agencies and vendors is a privilege and unique opportunity considering the complexity of the last year for the industry and consumers alike. I’m excited to see learn how companies adapted to continue driving innovation and audience impact in a challenging environment.</div></div></div></div>