Introducing the first wave of speakers at Spikes Asia 2017

From an to a creative director/drag queen, there’s an exciting line-up in store at this year. Here are some of the first names confirmed:


Gianni Gurnani / , creative director by day and drag queen by night, considers the meaning of talent and the concept of a ‘cultural fit’.


is the reigning ONE Championship Women’s Atomweight Champion. She will bring her unbeaten status to the stage with Evolve MMA.

Dan leads data science internationally for DigitasLBi. He has helped clients ranging from Comcast to L’Oreal to innovate with the help of data-driven insights.

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Islam ElDessouky

As head of , Islam has spearheaded some of Coca-Cola Middle East’s most successful campaigns.

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Victor Knaap is the Main Monk, or CEO, of MediaMonks. Under his direction, MediaMonks has become one of the most prolific production companies worldwide.

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As director of retail marketing, Amit Mangwani leads Intel’s retail engagement in new and emerging sectors like VR, AR and conversational commerce.

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Julia Izmalkowa is a ‘humanologist’, psychologist and researcher. Her agency, IZMALKOWA helps brands to break through the fake reality of the ‘ever happy’ consumer.

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Cirkus’ Ringmaster Marko Klijn has been active in the animation industry for over 20 years. He will showcase what it takes to give animation a real and handcrafted feel.

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Nirvik Singh is chairman & CEO of , Middle East & Africa and the driving force behind Grey’s dynamic growth and development in Asia.

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Christian Mix-Linzer


Christian started his first record label at 16. His Berlin-based agency Tracks & Fields ensures a perfect blend of sound and vision. Clients include VW, Skoda, Ebay, Porsche and McDonald’s.