SOUR Bangkok’s Nopparath Eksuwancharoen and Dentsu Webchutney’s Pooja Manek named APAC regional winners for the One Club-3% Movement Next Creative Leaders 2021

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SOUR Bangkok’s Nopparath Eksuwancharoen and Dentsu Webchutney’s Pooja Manek named APAC regional winners for the One Club-3% Movement Next Creative Leaders 2021

Five talented women creatives on the rise in APAC have been named winners for Next Creative Leaders 2021, run jointly by The One Club for Creativity and The 3% Movement including Nopparath Eksuwancharoen, creative director at SOUR Bangkok and Pooja Manek, creative director at Dentsu Webchutney Bangalore.


Now in its seventh year, Next Creative Leaders (NCL) is a portfolio competition that identifies, celebrates and gives a global platform to talented women and non-binary creatives who are making their mark on the world with both their work and a unique point of view on creative leadership that’s changing the industry for the better.

Sarsha Drakeford, art director at DDB New Zealand Auckland, was selected as one of the top-10 highest scoring NCL Global winners.

NCL Regional winners for APAC are: Nopparath Eksuwancharoen (pictured left), creative director, SOUR Bangkok; Pooja Manek (pictured right), creative director, Dentsu Webchutney Bangalore; Ellie Dunn, senior copywriter, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne; Katarina Matic, senior creative, Bullfrog Melbourne

The complete list of NCL 2021 Global Top-10 and Regional winners can be viewed here.

Winners were selected by a diverse global jury of more than 70 top creatives from around the world. The announcement was made at the opening day of the 10th annual 3% Conference in Atlanta.

NCL recognizes those who are stepping into leadership roles. Entrants were judged on four-to-six pieces of creative work, their background and information about how they — and their work — are pushing the industry forward and making a positive contribution in terms of diversity, mentoring and advocacy. To make Next Creative Leaders as open and accessible as possible, there is no fee to enter the competition.

Says Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club: “The One Club has a long-standing commitment to providing programming that helps improve the industry’s diversity and gender equality. We are proud to produce programs like Next Creative Leaders that identify, elevate and give voice to those who are making a real difference. They are the ones who are opening the door and inspiring the next generation of women and non-binary creatives who follow in their footsteps.”

Says Kat Gordon, founder of The 3% Movement: “Many of our winners spoke to a desire to help our industry to evolve in a way that made space for mental health care in the wake of burnout and the pandemic. Globally, women still see sexism as the root of most global issues that are worth solving. Winners shared how this award helped validate that they were becoming the leaders they wanted when they were coming up. We’re also celebrating how this year took us over the 100-winner mark historically for NCL.”

Each NCL winner receives a one-year complimentary individual membership with The One Club with opportunities to participate in future One Club awards juries, complimentary tickets to a One Club professional development conference ($1,000+ value), panels and mentorship events, complimentary ticket to The 3% Conference, and a potential opportunity to speak on the annual Next Creative Leaders panel.

Each winner also gets a dedicated article and has their work showcased on The One Club website, promotion on both The 3% Movement and The One Club social channels, an invitation to be a part of the 2022 Next Creative Leaders Jury, and a special feature on the InVisible Creatives website and Instagram account.