Training the Lion winners of tomorrow with intensive mentorship from industry thought-leaders, marketing luminaries and the world's most celebrated creatives.

18 - 22 June

This five-day training course is designed to give students of advertising, communications and other creative disciplines the head-start they need to secure a role within the competitive creative industry post-graduation.

Students can expect a programme tailored to the current industry landscape, one which combines classroom sessions and a selection of official Festival content.

Academy students get full access to the Cannes Lions Festival, including the five Award Shows and the Young Lions Party. They will also have exclusive access to the Jury rooms, which are closed to all other attendees of the Festival. This is a unique way to navigate the world’s most important discussion of creativity in communications, and an unrivalled opportunity to network with other future Lions-winners.

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Clive Challis

Dean - Clive Challis

Clive Challis is the Head of the Advertising course at Central Saint Martins in London. He studied Graphic Design under Richard Hollis, Anthony Froshaug and Bob Gill. He worked as an art director at Lord Geller Federico, DKG and Y&R in New York, and later moved back to London to be the Group Creative Director at DMB&B. His book on Helmut Krone is the definitive book on modern art direction as it emerged from the creative revolution.

Abraham Asefaw

Tutor - Abraham Asefaw

As a co-founder of The Pop Up Agency, Abraham is part of a new era of creativity.

He believes in the power of creativity and that with the right processes, anyone can be creative and develop ideas - and that within a timeframe too. His soul purpose with The Pop Up Agency is to redefine the role and way we tap into creativity in Business.

Besides working for some of the largest brands in the world including Coca-Cola, Facebook and Conde Nast. He is also a lecturer at two of the finest creative schools, Hyper Island and Central Saint Martins and a frequent speaker at conferences all over the world including Cannes Lions, Dubai Lynx, Eurobest, Spike Asia and D&AD.

Maksimilian Kallhed

Tutor - Maksimilian Kallhed

Maksimilian Kallhed is a strong believer in the impossible. With the right tools and mindset, you will get further than you could ever imagine. As a co-founder of The Pop Up Agency, Maks has traveled to over 30 countries and 50+ cities with the mission to redefine how we use creativity in business. He has worked for some of the most innovative companies in the world, Coca-Cola, Facebook and Conde Nast to mention a few. He is a frequent speaker at global creative festivals such as Cannes Lions, Eurobest, Dubai Lynx and Golden Drum. Maks is also a lecturer at two of the most progressive creative schools, Hyper Island and Central Saint Martins. In February 2016, Maksimilian was nominated for influencer of the year by Creative Pool Networks.


Bob Greenberg

Bob Greenberg

Founder, Chairman, CEO

Bob Isherwood

Bob Isherwood

Former Worldwide Creative Director
Saatchi & Saatchi

David Droga

David Droga

Creative Chairman

Jim Stengel

Jim Stengel

President, CEO
The Jim Stengel Company

Laura Jordan Bambach

Laura Jordan Bambach

Creative Partner
Mr President

Mary Lee Copeland

Mary Lee Copeland

Executive Creative Director
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Rory Sutherland

Rory Sutherland

Ogilvy & Mather UK

Tham Khai Meng

Worldwide Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer
Ogilvy & Mather


There are 35 places available on the course. Places on the course are reserved solely for students of advertising, communications and other creative disciplines who are interested in pursuing a role within the creative communications industry on graduation - ideally in a creative role.

"We came in as mere students who just aimed to be part of the advertising world. But out we came as passionate young creatives who believe we can create a positive impact in the industry."

Cecilia Maria Fatima Forbes

University of Asia and The Pacific

"A truly life-changing experience with lots of useful feedback from professionals."

Stanislav Bereberdin

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

The Academy Experience

The Cannes Lions School is a sprawling campus supercharged with infectious creative energy, fuelled by a passion to overcome mediocrity and bustling with the industry's best and brightest.

The School has been designed to harness the unique Festival atmosphere, blending it with additional content just for students that addresses specific business needs, industry challenges and opportunities. Most importantly, learning is focused on imparting tangible skills which can be implemented immediately.

Discover more about the Cannes Lions School