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Know Your Cannes Juror: Raj Kamble

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Know Your Cannes Juror: Raj Kamble

Raj Kamble
Jury Member of Press Lions
Former Chief Creative Officer, BBH India


Five things that Raj Kamble looks forward to as a Cannes Juror

1) Get jealous – I am looking forward to seeing some world-class work again and getting jealous. Get jealous thinking why didn’t we come up with these ideas, why we can’t use technology like that, why some people here are smarter than us, why don’t we have one language followed everywhere in India – why, why, why?

2) Meet ‘videshi’ friends – I had been away from India for many years before I came back. Earlier Cannes used to be an opportunity to meet Indian friends but this time it’s vice versa – I would be meeting my American and British friends.

3) I am a big fan of French food, looking forward to some great French cuisine again.

4) Drinking with friends at the Gutter Bar

5) I am looking forward to some great work in the Press Lions category. Everyone is saying Press is dead but we have more entries than ever in this category this year. I would like to see innovative ideas in this category – ideas that are not limited to the medium, ideas that have the potential to win Titanium and Integrated.

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Born a proud Mumbaiite, Raj Kamble is a graduate of the Sir JJ School of Applied Art. He started his career at Enterprise Nexus/Lowe, Mumbai, where he went on to win half a dozen Clio Awards in his formative years, along with being the first Indian to be nominated for D&AD in 1996.

Three years later, he was hired by Lowe, London, where he worked on brands such as Stella Artois, Unilever, Nestle and Saab, among many others. After a two-year stint in Lowe London, he started a new role as Creative Director at Lowe New York. His winning streak continued as he bagged One Show Gold and a Gold Lion at Cannes for his work for Stella Artois and Silver for Light of Life Foundation.

After seven years at Lowe New York, he was hired by BBDO New York in 2010, as the Senior Creative Director for Gillette. His latest work titled ‘World’s Biggest Shave’ was talked about in the Financial Times, CNBC and the New York Times. After more than a decade in the business, Kamble has recently moved back to his hometown, as the Chief Creative Officer for BBH India, where he has already won a Yahoo Big Idea Chair Award for the most innovative campaign in social media, for Vaseline's response to a cricketing controversy.

Kamble has cumulatively won more than 150 global awards including at Cannes Lions, One Show, D&AD, the Clio Award, the Andy Awards, AdFest and Art Directors Club. He has given lectures at institutes such as the Kellogg Institute of Management and Columbia University. He also teaches at the Miami Ad School. Most recently, he has been part of a think tank with the Indian government on a project that works towards making India wi-fi enabled.

The Press Lions category has 17 jury members apart from the Jury President, Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer and Chairman, Worldwide Creative Council, Ogilvy & Mather.

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