Category: Opinion


2015 South Asia HLR Scholarship Recipient Anagha Anand on a Brighter Future

Each year, the Helen Lansdowne Resor (HLR) Scholarship is rewarded to five deserving students pursuing their independent studies around the world. The scholarship is named after J. Walter Thompson’s first female copywriter Helen Lansdowne Resor, who paved the way for female copywriters in the advertising industry. Not only does the scholarship award each recipient up to $10,000, but it also provides them with a paid summer internship at a J. Walter Thompson office in her respective region, a J. Walter Thompson employee mentor, and a “first look” placement consideration for future job employment. ...READ MORE

2015 HLR Scholarship Recipient Rawan Obaid Shares What Winning Means to Her

In 2015, when we ushered in the inaugural group of Helen Lansdowne Resor (HLR) Scholarship recipients, MEA winner Rawan Obaid said, "My dream is to invest in society and to develop as a creative talent in design. I feel that this Scholarship is the first step to achieving my ambitions. It has also made me realize that I have the ability to over achieve and perform to the highest of standards.” ...READ MORE

Adfest 2016: Do Good, Do Well

The big themes at Adfest this year were the growth of branded content, the use of big data and the pursuit of social good. If all three collided, all the better. ...READ MORE

ADFEST 2016: View from the Judges

Among the 57 judges who flew in from 18 cities to sift through the best of Asian creativity at Adfest last week, two were from J. Walter Thompson. Here’s what they thought of the work they saw coming from around the region this year. ...READ MORE

J. Walter Thompson @ SXSW: It’s not the panels – it’s the people.

It’s not the panels – it’s the people.    

Let’s be honest: Getting into the top panels at SXSW has become a Hunger Games event that usually ends in sadness and disappointment. This year, seeing Obama’s keynote live was harder than winning the Powerball. ...READ MORE

The weight of expectation – SXSW in its 30th year

Sonali Fenner, Global Business Director at J. Walter Thompson London, on what she expects at for this year's SXSW, the festival's 30th year. ...READ MORE
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Challenging the “New Normal”

South Africa’s expected growth rate is a mere 0.7%, according to the IMF, and with the devaluation of the Rand, brands, are reluctant to spend. However, Chris Von Selle, Chief Operating Officer of J. Walter Thompson Africa, argues that successful companies see recessions as an opportunity for growth. ...READ MORE
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Thalia Mavros, Founder and Chief Executive at The Front – J. Walter Thompson Intelligence

Usually when you hear ‘by women,’ the next thing you hear is ‘for women,’ and that frustrates me. ...READ MORE

J. Walter Thompson @ Spikes 2015: From Think Tank to Curiosity

From a one-day program for senior marketers to Matt Eastwood's curiosity talk, here is everything you missed from J. Walter Thompson this year at Spikes Asia 2015. ...READ MORE

J. Walter Thompson @ Spikes Asia 2015: Think Tank Recap

Spikes Asia has long been a high-profile forum for creatives to get together to view and celebrate the best work from around the region, and to explore the industry’s biggest trends. Now clients are getting into the mix. ...READ MORE