MEET YOUR FATE
Voice Over Actor | London
You won’t know him, but you will have heard him.
Guy is a UK based voice over Artist with over 10 years experience. His voice is heard around the world. So don’t be surprised if you are in a Taxi at break neck speed heading to your hotel in Dubai and hear Guy coming out the radio telling you how safe the roads are, or which mobile tariff will allow you to call for help, cheaply and easily.
Creative Sound Engineer | UAE
Chris is an award winning composer, programmer and sound engineer who is probably the UAE's most requested sound enginner when it comes to radio production.
Originally from London, he earned his stripes at Old Street’s renowned Strongroom Studios, working on projects for the likes of Kylie & Danni Minogue, Procol Harum, David Gray, Ian Brown, Snow Patrol and many others.
Creative Writer | Spain
Now living and working in Spain, Paddy spent a decade in Dubai as a writer and creative director with Ogilvy and Publicis. With that background, he has a good understanding of what makes a good radio ad and first hand experience of the challenges that Dubai creatives face when it comes to getting a great idea off the page and into production.
Global Planning Director | UK
25 years of brand planning experience, split between the UK and the US. Justin is currently at MullenLowe London.
He has run large planning departments and his own consultancy; directed strategy at top 20 agencies and as a partner of his own independent one, Dye Holloway Murray.
Studio Owner & Producer | UAE
With over 20 years experience in running and owning a studio, Polly has listened and produced tens of thousands of 1000s of radio ads in the Middle East.
Born in Bulgaria, and based in Dubai for most of her career, she is someone who is well known in the radio ad production industry.
Mr Radio | London
A British radio executive, consultant, presenter and a sought after speaker. He created and developed the Century Radio brand for Border Radio Holdings in the early 1990s, launching two more stations later in the decade and featuring in the BBC documentary “Trouble at the Top”
In 2009, he was asked by the Labour Government to produce a report on the future of local radio in the UK (“The Myers Report”)
John is currently on our advisory panel for this year.
Chairman of BKP | UAE
Probably the most well known and respected audio production maestro the UAE. Born in Belgium, Barry grew up in a rich musical environment, due to his father’s position as one of Europe’s senior executives at EMI Records. He got his degree from the UK, and was thereafter heavily involved in the music industry, producing some of the biggest artists of the 70’s and 80s. Launching a Radio Advertising Awards in the Middle East has been his brainchild for over 15 years.
Radio Ad Guru | London
Some 36 years ago Ian is the man who started it all in the UK.
Still most often found directing studio sessions with his customary flair. Has been involved in more legendary radio campaigns over the years than anyone in the business.
His company Radioville, write, produce, cast, direct and record radio ads directly for some of the UK’s biggest advertisers.
UNESCO World Radio Day | Paris
Consultant and point of contact for UNESCO's World Radio Day 2016.
Jean Farcnois has a long professional career that has been linked to various medias across the globe.
This year Jean Farcnois will take part in judging the RADIO FOR GOOD category that is open to script writting.
Radio Consultant | UAE
Darren is one of those people who loves radio like most of us love our family and has set up and managed radio stations all over the world.
The former Head of Radio 2 UAE, is also the founder of Rock Radio UAE. Utilizing his wealth of experience in the Emirates, Darren is proud to be working with retailers and retail groups creating bespoke in-store radio brands that speak to and influence the customer after the commercial spots have done their work.
Multilingual VO Actor | UAE
Maya Sarji is a renowned voiceover artist based in the UAE, with many years of experience and a very large and diverse repertoire of radio, TV commercials, jingles, cartoons, corporates, IVR's ... name it, she's done it! Which means she'll have a wealth of experience to add to our judging panel.
Maya voices in Arabic (classical and numerous dialects like Saudi, Emirati, Egyptian, Lebanese), English and French. She is also a professional singer and pianist.
Veteran Radio Pro | UAE
Digby Taylor or "Diggers" as he is usually known has been around a bit.
He's a trained television producer who made a career out of radio, figure that one out!
He has worked for regional and national broadcasters always trying to figure out how he can put his feet up on the beach. His strength lies in being totally at ease on the air and for that reason alone, you can't shut him up.
Radio Ad Producer | London
Sean has three main interests – Fried chicken, Les Miserables and radio…not always in that order.
After university he tried, and failed, to get a job as KFC’s Global Tasting Director. Apparently, the position doesn’t actually exist – a fact that would still give Sean hives if it wasn’t for Radioville, which he joined in October 2001.
KFC’s loss is certainly Radioville’s gain because Sean has gone on to produce numerous award-winning campaigns.
BroadcastPro ME | UAE
With more than 15 years of experience in advertising and media, Raz comes with a wealth of knowledge of ATL and BTL advertising methods.
Branding the ability to bring together various parts of the jigsaw and an eye for detail have always been a personal passion for Raz and he has explored this on several occasions with clients who have wanted to stand apart from the crowd by personally strategizing and planning whole campaigns from conception to execution.
Film Director | UAE
Omar is a commercial film director who's called the UAE his home since 2004. He's worked with numerous brands and agencies throughout his career, and spent countless hours collaborating with creative people in the industry at all levels.
His experience in the advertising and film industry has helped shape his ability to recognise creative thought and execution whether its in the form of film or radio.
Arab Influencer | Lebanon & UAE
Farid wanted to be a Cartoonist. In fact he won the Fabriano Drawing Contest when he was at school. Twice.
After being Heavly involved in the Dubai media industry for almost 10yrs, it's in 2015 that he became a key influencer in the Arab region (especially Lebanon) with his funny and witty videos. Farid now has tens of thousands of followers on different social media platforms and uses his lighthearted approach to create awareness on important social topics in the region.