TOP 5 Cannes – Oktar Akin (Leo Burnett Istanbul)


Oktar Akin, Executive Creative Director of Leo Burnett Istanbul (Turkey), shares his TOP 5 favorite ads of the year on Guess The LionsCheck his advices and if you agree with him, bet on these campaigns: you could win gifts from our partners and benefits will finance a campaign for an NGO!


1. Tidal – Don’t Look Away (by AKQA)

“Gives you the goose bumps. Can’t look away.”

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2. Swedish Tourist Association – The Swedish Number (by Ingo Stockholm)

“No advertising mambo jambo. Just call and talk!”

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3. Art Institute of Chicago – Van Gogh BnB (by Leo Burnett Chicago)

“Did someone said innovation?”


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4. Forever 21 – #F21ThreadScreen (by Breakfast)

“Makes me want to rethink about social media tools.”

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5. Polish Red Cross – Life After Death (by Grey Poland)

“What a perfect idea to change and to save lives.”

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Oktar Akin, graduated from Tarsus American College, Turkey. After getting his degree in Cartoon & Animation in 2002, he started his career at McCann Erickson Istanbul as an art director. In 2008, he worked at McCann Erickson Singapore as a senior art director before returning back to McCann Erickson Istanbul, as the Creative Director. He then moved to Manajans/JWT Istanbul as the Executive Creative Director. Stayed there for about a year and joined Leo Burnett Istanbul as the Creative Director in 2011. He has worked for brands such as Fiat, Samsung, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, P&G, Nestlé, Nokia, HSBC, Shell, KFC, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Beck’s, Miller, Mazda, Opel.

Throughout his career, he has won more than 100 awards with his teammates, including Cannes Lions, London International Awards, D&AD, The Andy Awards, New York Festivals, Eurobest, Epica, Effie, Golden Drum, The Mixx Awards as well as many local festivals. Under his creative lead, Leo Burnett Istanbul was The Most Awarded Creative Agency in Turkey, in The Gunn Report 2013. According to the Epica Awards, Leo Burnett Istanbul was The Most Creative Agency in Turkey, in 2014. The Gunn Report ranked Leo Burnett Istanbul as The Second Most Awarded Creative Agency in Turkey, in 2015.

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