Cannes Lions announces Roger Hatchuel Academy 2019 Participants

The students that will attend this year's Roger Hatchuel Academy at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity have been chosen.

40 students representing 32 different countries will make up this year's class. Delivered in partnership with Creative Campus by Google, they will be benefit from a fully curated learning programme that will help them discover the different avenues of the industry, grow their personal networks and obtain a global, future-oriented perspective.

The students have undergone an intensive selection process, each having been nominated by our partner organisations in their countries and then being chosen by a global selection panel of 9 industry experts, headed by Josy Paul, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of BBDO India.

The selection process was initiated in the fall of 2018 with the goal of making the Academy the most diverse curated learning experience at the Festival.

"This class is a reflection of the next generation of the Creative Industry that will change norms and set new standards."
Maksimilian Kallhed and Abraham Asefaw, Co-Founders of The Pop Up Agency

Steve Latham, Head of Talent and Training shared:

"At The Cannes Lions School, we know that diversity leads to enhanced creativity and we want to nurture talent that is indicative of the industry we strive towards and the world we live in."

"We're very excited to share with you the class of 2019. Our rigorous selection process has led to the most diverse class we've had yet. Each of these students radiates potential. For them, the Academy is a milestone that will launch their careers. It will give them with a foundational understanding of different creative avenues and thought-provoking insights they would only be able to learn from each other in this unique global learning environment."

The Academy has been running since 2003 and will led this year by Maksimilian Kallhed and Abraham Asefaw, Co-Founders of The Pop Up Agency. The duo shared:

"We are proud to present the class of 2019. We were looking for students with inspiring stories and backgrounds. Students who have gone the extra mile to get where they are today. This class is a reflection of the next generation of the Creative Industry that will change norms and set new standards. We truly appreciate the ability to support and empower young minds and what we get in return is something you cannot put a price on. By doing this we sit in the front row with the future, the next generation brand and businesses leaders."

Saskia Owens, Creative Campus lead from Google, shared:

"We are thrilled to congratulate the class of 2019, and to play a part in helping these rising superstars prepare for their careers in the industry. We look forward to hosting the students on the Google Beach at Cannes Lions, as well as to welcome the class of 40 in our headquarters in Mountain View, California later in the year."

The Roger Hatchuel Academy Class of 2019

  • Anna Moline

    ESA Saint-Luc Liège, Belgium


  • Juliana Blanc

    Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil


  • Weikang Sun

    Jinan University, China

    China Advertising Association and Modern Advertising

  • Sofi Murillo

    University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica

    Comunidad de Empresas de Comunicación Comercial de Costa Rica

  • Katerina Vecerkova

    Tomas Bata University, Czech Republic

    Lionhearted S.R.O.

  • Maria Paula Mera Vález

    Universidad Casa Grande, Ecuador

    El Universo

  • Habiba Waly

    The American University, Egypt

    The Worx

  • Ophelia Dartey

    Miami Ad School, Hamburg, Germany

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Albert Wettstein

    Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

    Association of Communication Agencies in Hungary with Magyar Telekom

  • Bhargavi Komanduri

    BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Bhavika Rana

    IIIT Delhi, India

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Ketan Patil

    LD College of Engineering, India

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Baskara Adiena Hutomo

    Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya, Indonesia

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Ciara Gilmartin

    Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Institute of Advertising Practitioners Ireland

  • Andrea Bianchi

    Istituto Europeo di Design, Italy


  • Shawn Ngatia

    Africa Digital Media Institution, Kenya

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Yasmin Ibrahim

    American University of Kuwait, Kuwait

    IAA Kuwait Chapter with American University of Kuwait

  • Sarah Jamil

    American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Newsmedia Sal

  • Sam Oerlemans

    The New School, Netherlands

    Orange Lions with Adbusiness Amsterdam and The New School

  • Funke Ademola-Aliu

    University of Lagos, Nigeria

    Chini Productions

  • Christina Forstrønen Bruarøy

    Fagskolen Kristiania, Norway

    CAPA Kinoreklame with Kristiania Professional College

  • Mahrukh Merchant

    Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Pakistan

    Jang Media Group

  • Maria Neves

    School of Communication and Media Studies, Portugal

    Multimedia Outdoors Portugal with Continente Sonae MC

  • Diana Oprea

    National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

    The Alternative School for Creative Thinking

  • Veronika Kovalenko

    Wordshop Academy, Russia

    IMA Press

  • Laura Garcia

    Universidad CEU San Pablo, Spain

    Scopen with Universidad Ceu San Pablo

  • Dinidu Senevirathne

    University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

    Metal Factor with Leo Burnett Sri Lanka

  • Tova Heinikoski Andersson

    Berghs School of Communication, Sweden

    Swedish Association of Communication Agencies

  • Yun-Szu Hsu

    Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan


  • Meera AlSuwaidi

    Zayed University, UAE

    Motivate Media Group and Motivate Val Morgan

  • Seyi Alawode

    Warwick University, UK

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Stephanie Okereafor

    Loughborough University, UK

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Kirsty Fabiyi

    Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, UK

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Raman Rai

    Brixton Finishing School, UK

    The Advertising Association

  • Karyna Borzakivska

    Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, Ukraine


  • Munir Abdurahman

    Texas Tech University, USA

    Creative Campus by Google

  • Pranaya Junloy

    VCU Brandcenter, USA