Juries of the International Advertising Awards

2017

Harsh Kapadia

Creative Director
VML
USA

Harsh began his career as an art director at JWT Mumbai before moving across the Indian Ocean to JWT Melbourne. During his career Harsh has won international awards, featuring at shows like the Cannes, Clios, AdFest, One Show, Spikes, D&AD and more. Along with working on brands such as Ford, Kraft and the Government of Australia he created JWT Australia’s most awarded work in VicRoad’s “CITY-GT” and IFAW's "Stop the Slaughter", and made the world’s first social media platform for stories, for the Melbourne Writers Festival and has led and won creative pitches for major accounts,

Harsh’s success in Australia brought him to JWT New York where he worked on brands such as Kleenex, Smirnoff, Rolex and Nestle to name a few along with winning new business for the agency. After years of globetrotting with JWT, Harsh moved to VML New York and worked on brands such as, Motorola, Drink Up, Chevron, Campbells and any more along with winning pitches and now leading them for brands such as New Balance and LEGOLAND.

As Creative Director at VML, Harsh has created experiences to entertain and engage consumers with introducing LEGOLAND dollars to international foreign exchange boards, Motorola’s 21in1 and talking fountains to encourage America to drink more water. From traditional campaigns to interactive music videos for Grammy-winning artist Ashanti, Harsh has won several awards and new pieces of business for VML along with serving on juries of international shows and a member of the VML Global Creative Council. Having worked across three continents for a wide range of brands, he believes that the mix of cultures and curiosity to learn more always leads to a great idea. Harsh also believes in the application of technology to ideas and ideas to technology, and that a big idea can make far more than a great ad.