Cannes Lions Young Marketer Sri Lanka

From left to right: Umeshinie Kurukulasuriya, Brand Manager - Nescafé and Ashani Ratnayake, Assistant Brand Manager - Nestomalt


Our very own Umeshinie Kurukulasuriya, Brand Manager - Nescafé and Ashani Ratnayake, Assistant Brand Manager - Nestomalt won the prestigious Cannes Lions Young Marketer Sri Lanka 2017. The duo competed against teams from leading companies to win the local title, and represented Sri Lanka in the Young Lions Competitionat the 64th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France, going head-to-head with teams from across the globe.

This is the second time we have won Cannes Lions Young Marketer Sri Lanka, with Nuwan Rathnayaka, Brand Manager - Maggi and Aveen Pathirage, Assistant Brand Manager – Nestlé Professional, winning the local title in 2015.

The Lion awards are the most coveted and well respected in the entire advertising and creative communications industry. It is part of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, an eight day festival that is considered the largest global gathering of advertising professionals, designers, digital innovators and marketers. Close to 15,000 people from around 100 countries come together at the annual event to celebrate creative brand communication, discuss industry issues and network with one another.

This marks the sixth consecutive year Cannes Lions Young Marketer Sri Lanka has been organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing, in partnership with Metal Factory, 4A’s and IAA, to select two outstanding young marketers to represent Sri Lanka and compete in the festival.