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Alumni Spotlight:
Samyu Murali

Senior Art Director, Ogilvy

Samyu Murali is an Art Director and Designer based in India. She’s had experience working in creative agencies in Atlanta, Austin and Mumbai. She’s handled brands like Dove, Cadbury, Kellogg’s, Tata Motors, Marico, United Airlines and Dell. She’s passionate about creating a positive change in the industry through design and inclusivity.

“LIONS Academy taught me that you don't need to wait for a brief to create good work and to lead with heart.”

Samyu Murali


Samyu co-leads - Ladies, Wine and Design Chennai a community to connect and empower creative women in her hometown of Chennai, India and is part of the core team at Indian Creative Women - an initiative to promote gender diversity in creative teams across the Indian advertising and design industry.

How did LIONS Academy come into your field of vision?

As a junior creative on a visa in a foreign country, I couldn't wait to create work that addressed social issues that make an impact. So when I came across the Creative Academy, I jumped at the chance and applied to be a part of the 2018 class. I was sponsored by the fantastic folks at Wunderman Thompson Austin - a special shoutout to my boss, Steve Miller.

Why would you recommend LIONS Academies to other budding creative go-getters?

What a way to meet such brilliant minds! This kind of one-on-one time with people who have created incredible, award-winning work is rare. The academies give you the skills to push you to the next level of your career. It is one of the most creative and magical experiences that I've had. It accelerated my career, and I’ll forever be thankful for the opportunity.

LIONS School is in session at Cannes Lions, 20-24 June 2022

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