Suhana Gordhan

Creative Director at FCB Joburg

She is a Hindu, who learned very quickly that there are no sacred cows in advertising. One of her favourite moments was during her time as Creative Director on Nando’s, when she pissed off a dictator and won a Loerie Grand Prix because of it. Some of her other accolades include a Black Eagle, Gold Pendoring, Creative Circle Ad of the Year, a Silver Pixel at The Bookmarks, a Cannes Silver Lion, a D&AD Graphite Pencil and One Show Best in Discipline.

Suhana has served as a judge on the Direct Panel at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in 2016 and on the same panel at One Show in 2017. In 2018, she was a judge on the Clio’s Print panel and was featured as one of Destiny Magazine’s Power of 40 candidates. While she has a firm eye on a global creativity, Suhana has a strong commitment to the South African industry.

She is the former Chairperson of The Loeries, the Advertising Awards Show for Africa and The Middle East and continues to serve as a board member. During her tenure, she was known as ‘The Chair Aunty.’ As Chair Aunty, she was one of the founders of a program called ‘Open Chair’, which helps young women in advertising to have face time with senior female leadership.

When she’s not making ads, she enjoys hiking in the mountains and training Capoeira – a 400-year-old Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts (often mistaken by her colleagues to be an innocuous dance form).