My name is Ali. I’m an award-winning, all-purpose creative director with experience in filmmaking, design and technology. Entrepreneurial at heart, I worked at local and international agencies in various countries as well as my own company. I served major accounts, many of which were the category leaders from telecommunications to FMCG. I’m resourceful and persistent through the creative process, from concept to execution. I’m an effective communicator, 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 (Turkish Society of Graphic Design).
#3 AGENCY OF THE YEAR AT CANNES LIONS
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
Helped Leo Burnett Bucharest’s achievement of “the Agency of the Year” at Effie Awards.
8 CONSECUTIVE NEW BUSINESS WINS IN 1 YEAR
Contributed to Leo Burnett Bucharest’s turnaround by helping the agency win 8 consecutive major pitches and the first Cannes Lion after a decade in 1 year.
BACKGROUND IN DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY & FILMMAKING
Studied and worked in diverse fields, completing 2 MAs and 1 PhD.
Ali Bati is the Creative Director of Leo Burnett Bucharest. During his time, he helped the agency’s turnaround. In his first year, Ali and his team brought the agency their first Cannes Lion after a decade and won several other national and international awards. They won several pitches and doubled and became the fastest growing agency in the industry. Leo Burnett also won “the Agency of the Year” title at Effie Awards.
Ali worked in Turkey, Romania, Italy, the UK, US and for AMET region. He has won several national and international creativity 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. His work has been recognized for effectiveness with many Effies. He also helped the agencies he worked for winning the titles “Cannes Lions, #3 Agency of the Year” “Golden Drum, Agency of the Year” and more.
Ali served as a jury member at Eurobest, Golden Drum, Red Dot Design Award and Crystal Apple Festival (Turkey’s biggest advertising event). He has been a keynote speaker in events like Golden Drum, Brand Week Istanbul. His work has been featured in all major industry publications.
He studied Graphic Design at Marmara University and filmmaking at New York Film Academy and Design and Technology at Parsons. He also pursued his academic career completing 2 MAs and 1 PhD.