My name is Ali. I’m an award-winning creative director. I’m art based but all-purpose with experience in filmmaking, design and technology. I worked at local and international agencies in various countries, for some of the world’s leading brands. My work has been recognized at major creative and effectiveness award shows in categories spanning digital, social media, integrated, outdoor, mobile and more.
I’m resourceful and persistent through the creative process. As an effective communicator, I’m skilled in building teams and coaching individuals to success. Also, if you have a band, I can play the drums.
You can read more about me in the third person below.
1ST IN CANNES
The first and the youngest creative to bring Turkey success at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
#1 ART DIRECTOR
Ranked as the #1 art director in the world by Lürzer’s Archive.
ART DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Awarded as the “Art Director of the Year” in Turkey by GMK (Art Directors Club of Turkey).
#3 AGENCY OF THE YEAR AT CANNES
Contributed to DDB Istanbul’s achievement of 3rd place for “Agency of the Year” at the 56th Cannes Lions Advertising Festival by winning 2 Lions.
AGENCY OF THE YEAR AT GOLDEN DRUM
Contributed to DDB Istanbul’s achievement of “Agency of the Year” at the 17th Golden Drum Advertising Festival by winning a Grand Prix and two Silver Drums.
AGENCY OF THE YEAR AT EFFIE AWARDS 2 YEARS IN A ROW
Led Leo Burnett Bucharest to win “the Agency of the Year” title at Effie Awards two years in a row.
8 CONSECUTIVE NEW BUSINESS WINS IN 1 YEAR
Contributed to Leo Burnett Bucharest’s turnaround by leading the agency to win 8 major pitches consecutively in his first year.
BACKGROUND IN DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY & FILMMAKING
Studied and worked in diverse fields, completing 2 MAs and 1 PhD.
Ali is the Creative Director of Leo Burnett Bucharest. He has been instrumental in revitalizing the agency’s business and its creative reputation. In his first year, his work helped the agency win its first Cannes Lion after a decade as well as the Agency of the Year title at Effie Awards. He led and won 8 consecutive major pitches in one year. Leo Burnett Bucharest became the fastest growing agency in the region.
Prior to joining Leo, Ali worked in Turkey, Romania, Italy, the UK and for AMET region for some of the world’s leading brands. He has won several awards (Cannes Lions, Clio Awards, Eurobest, New York Festivals, Golden Drum, Epica Awards, Crystal Apple) in categories spanning creative data, digital, activation, PR, outdoor, print and more.
Ali served as a jury member and keynote speaker at many events like Eurobest, Golden Drum, Red Dot Design Award, Effie Awards and Crystal Apple Festival (Turkey’s most established advertising event). His work has been featured in all major industry publications.
He also pursued his academic career completing 2 MFAs and 1 PhD. He studied Graphic Design at Marmara University, filmmaking at New York Film Academy and Design and Technology at Parsons.