Marie Claire, Executive Creative Director Impact BBDO, has always had a passion and a knack for advertising ever since her school days. From studying animation to pursuing creative advertising, she has never stopped learning and growing.
Her passion for unconventional ideas and engaging communication have helped her create insightful and effective campaigns for a range of international brands.
Marie-Clarie & Her Success
But what sets Marie Claire apart is her commitment to making a difference through her work. Her pro bono initiatives like the “Mutilated Words Campaign” and “Toxic Flag” have raised awareness of important social issues and brought about effective change.
Her recent projects, “Close the Gap” and “Violence Cover,” aim to close the pay gap between genders and raise awareness of domestic violence helplines during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Her work has been recognized at some of the most prestigious advertising awards shows, including Cannes Lions and D&AD. But for Marie Claire, the highlight of her career was hugging a real lion.
In addition to her advertising work, Marie Claire has also pursued a certification in Professional Kinesiology Practice and energy studies through the Pranic Healing system. She uses her knowledge to spread positivity and create a healthy, collaborative environment in her workplace.
Her dedication and talent have not gone unnoticed, and she has been named the No. 1 ECD in MEA and No.3 in the world by The Drum World Creative Rankings 2023.
Fellow Ali Rez also gave her a shoutout and appreciated her efforts on his official LinkedIn profile. He wrote ‘The No.1 ECD in the Middle East region is a woman. The No.1 female ECD in the World is from the Middle East. And she is at IMPACT BBDO, where she started as an Art Director straight out of school and is now an Executive Creative Director, rising through the ranks thanks to doing stunning work over the years. Congrats Marie-Claire Maalouf for this awesome achievement, and for putting the Middle East, and the regional industry’s female leadership, on the map. Incredibly proud of you.’
The rankings are compiled by exhaustively analyzing the performance of thousands of pieces of creative work across 19 major industry awards programs, including The Drum Awards, throughout 2022.
The Drum – Creative Rankings 2023
Here’s the complete list:
|1||Sam Shepherd||Leo Burnett Chicago|
|3||Marie Claire Maalouf||Impact BBDO|
|4||Mike Dubrick||Rethink Toronto|
|5||Christoph Everke||Serviceplan Gruppe|
|6||Alexander Nagel||Serviceplan Campaign 3|
|7||Ali Rez||Impact BBDO|
|10||Andrey Tyukavkin||Publicis Italy|
|11=||Saulo Rocha||David Madrid|
|11=||Andre Toledo||David New York|
|13||Colin Craig||Performance Art|
|14||Joe Abou Khaled||Impact BBDO|
|15||Jason Graff||Area 23|
|16=||Cedric Astrella||McCann Paris|
|16=||Guy Swimer||McCann Health London|
|19||Joao Medeiros||Havas Middle East|
|20||Nicholas Hulley||AMV BBDO|
|22||Nadja Lossgott||AMV BBDO|
|23||Morten Grubak||Virtue Worldwide|
|24||Milos Obradovic||Publicis Italy|
|25||Bruno Brux||Gut São Paulo|
|26||Benjamin Merkel||Leo Burnett|
|27=||Lorenz Langgartner||Serviceplan Group|
|27=||Franz Roppischer||Serviceplan Group|
|34||Gary Resch||FCB New York|
|35||Peter Alsante||Grey NY|
|36||Oliver Handlos||Publicis New York|
|38=||Murilo Melo||Gut São Paulo|
|40||Andy Fergusson||Leo Burnett Australia|
|44||Jules Chalkley||Ogilvy UK|
|48=||Daniel Koller||Seven.One AdFactory|
|48=||Lisa Fedyszyn||Special Group New Zealand|
|48=||Jonathan McMahon||Special Group New Zealand|
|51||Haydn Kerr||Tribal Aotearoa|
|55||Hagen Fiedler||Astral Kreativ|
|56=||Markus Ahlm||Colony Agency Production|
|56=||Jim Hilson||Impact BBDO|
|62=||Benjamin Marchal||TBWA Paris|
|62=||Faustin Claverie||TBWA Paris|
|64=||Prasert Vijitpawan||Ogilvy Group Thailand|
|64=||Andres Villalobos||Ogilvy Honduras|
|67=||Ariel Abramovici||Gut LA|
|67=||Bruno Acanfora||Gut LA|
|70||Samira Ansari||Deutsch NY|
|74||Nicolas Becker||Havas Germany|
|78||Ramiro Raposo||The Community|
|79=||Rodrigo Leal Rodrigues||Horizon FCB Dubai|
|81=||Mohammed Sehly||Leo Burnett KSA|
|87=||Ant Nelson||Adam & Eve/DDB|
|87=||Mike Sutherland||Adam & Eve/DDB|
|90=||Marcus Tesoriero||The General Store|
|90=||Fernando Pellizzaro||AKQA Bloom|
|90=||Christina Yu||OstrichCo Inc.|
|90=||Gumpon Laksanajinda||Ogilvy Bangkok|
|90=||Jean Zamprogno||AKQA Bloom|
|95=||Gary Steele||DDB New Zealand|
|95=||Brynna Aylward||Gut Toronto|
|97=||Gaetan Du Peloux||Marcel|
Marie Claire’s story is an inspiration to anyone who believes in continuous learning, making a difference, and spreading positivity.
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