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The Cannes Creative Leaders Programme Achieves Notable Success

2011 Bursaries Awarded to Ecuador, Nigeria & Vietnam

(lifePR) (London, ) The Cannes Creative Leaders Programme will once again take place in June following the success of last year's programme and participants' triumphant achievements.

"Our first-ever Cannes Creative Leaders Program in 2010 was not only a success in Berlin and Cannes for those who came, it was a success afterwards for the participants too," says Clark Parsons, Managing Director of the Berlin School.

"One participant used the strategy he developed in the program to merge three companies and form Africa's largest digital agency. Another used his improved leadership skills to head a team that won a huge new global account for his agency. And another is now a member of a Cannes Lions jury just one year later. We're excited about partnering with Cannes Lions for another year of this special program that helps develop leadership skills and strategies, and we look forward to two weeks of high-impact insights and inspiration."

During the first week, participants will be based at the Berlin School, Germany, one of the world's leading creative training institutions, which has built a global reputation with its innovative Executive MBA programme to help creative industry executives lead for excellence in their organisations. There they will engage in six days of intensive training from Berlin School professors, studying real-world aspects of current advertising and other industry leadership and organisational practice through lectures, interactive case discussions, and small group exercises.

In the second week, participants will relocate to Cannes, France, as Festival delegates where the course continues with bespoke sessions, group projects, exclusive lectures as well as the use of the Cannes Lions incredible array of workshops, master-classes and seminars. All facilities of the full week in Cannes will be available to the participants, including all Festival content, exhibitions, screenings, award shows and galas.

Three bursaries for the 2011 Cannes Creative Leaders Programme have been awarded to professionals working in the industry based in one of the 158 countries that have never previously won a Cannes Gold Lion. They have been granted to:

Anabelle Vargas (29), Account Executive, Intermedia Group BTL, Ecuador Akinpelu "Akin" Adesola (40), Creative Director, Lowe Lintas Lagos, Nigeria Patrick Tom (45), Executive Creative Director, TBWA\Vietnam, Vietnam

Selected from more than 30 applicants, Annabelle Varga, Akinpelu Adesola and Patrick Tom will enjoy a complimentary place on the 2nd Cannes Creative Leaders Programme joining fellow participants on the two-week module taking place in Berlin and Cannes in June 2011.

"Building on the successful launch of the Cannes Creative Leadership Programme last year, we are delighted to see an equally great response to both the programme and bursaries on offer this year. The successful three candidates will benefit from the unique and incredible opportunity that this two-week programme offers in taking their creative leadership skills to greater heights," comments Philip Thomas, Cannes Lions CEO.

There are a few spaces left for this year's Cannes Creatives Leaders Programme which costs €7950, and includes all tuition fees over the two weeks, a Cannes Lions full week delegate registration and lunches. Flights, accommodation, incidentals and other meals are not included. Class size is circa 30 places.

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Interested parties wishing to join the 2011 Cannes Creative Leaders Programme need to apply to A brief written submission will be required.

Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival

The International Festival of Creativity, also known as Cannes Lions, is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications. As the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards, over 24,000 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival. Winning companies receive the highly coveted Lion trophy honouring the most creative film, print, outdoor, interactive, radio, design, sales promotion & activation, film craft and integrated advertising, as well as the best media, direct marketing, PR, titanium and creative effectiveness ideas. The Festival is also the only truly global meeting place for advertisers, advertising and communication professionals. Over 8,000 delegates from 95 countries attend seven days of exhibitions, screenings, as well as over 50 high-profile seminars, 20 workshops and master classes presented by renowned worldwide industry leaders. As the networking and learning opportunity of the year, Cannes Lions is the must-attend event for anyone involved in brand communication.

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