Two Australians take out IAA awards

Two Australians take out IAA awards(L-R) MultiConnexions CEO Sheba Nandkeolyar, IAA Inspire Awards judging councils chairman Heather Leembruggen and Yahoo!7 head of data and targeting Dan Richardson at the IAA Gala Awards Dinner in London.

Two Australian ad executives have scored awards at the inaugural International Advertising Association Inspire Awards in London this week.

IAA members and guests from 21 different countries around the world attended the IAA Gala Awards dinner following the IAA Global Leadership Forum, “What’s Coming Next?”.

MultiConnexions  chief executive Sheba Nandkeolyar took out a Champion Award, honouring her lifetime achievement and service of IAA leaders and their contributions to the industry globally. Yahoo!7 head of data and trading Dan Richardson won a Young Leader Award, commending him for making a rapid impression in the industry and contributing to the Young Professional community.

Ms Nandkeolyar is a board member of IAA Australia while Mr Richardson is president of the IAA Young Professionals Australia Chapter.

IAA Inspire Champion and  Young Leader awards were won by IAA members from 12 different countries worldwide from Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Chairman of the IAA Inspire Awards judging councils Heather Leembruggen, who is also president of the IAA Australian Chapter, said Ms Nandkeolyar had made a big impact on the association and the industry in her ten years on the IAA board.

“She’s been a pioneer in multicultural advertising in Australia,” Ms Leembruggen said, “she owns and runs a multicultural agency, and has been involved in many initiatives for the IAA Australian Chapter.”

Mr Richardson “has been involved as vice president and now president of the Young Professionals Australia Chapter”.

“He has put together quite a few forums, which they run several times a year, and has contributed to some of our programs for young professionals worldwide – formulating  programs and putting forward ideas.”

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