Pitch 100 Superwomen celebrates women who work behind the scenes in the creative industry. These talented ladies are capable of handling multiple tasks without breaking a sweat!

They take risks, are brave-hearted and are always up for a challenge to prove their skills – and above all know they how to get the job done!

Superwomen are nominated by their industry peers, and we are super thrilled that this year two Pakistanis became a part of this honor!

The Pitch 100 Superwomen initiative was first launched in 2017 by Sherry Collins, Founder of The Pitch Fanzine. It is a movement that had initiated back in 2015 to challenge inequality, discrimination and the lack of diversity in the creative industry while simultaneously showcasing outstanding contemporary talents such as animators, artists, brand founders, creative directors, illustrators, photographers, and producers via its publication Pitch.

Maria Shamsi – Creative Director, Synergy Advertising

Maria Shamsi

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Maria Shamsi is one of the first two Pakistani women to be featured on Pitch 100 Superwomen and is also one of the youngest creative directors in Pakistan!

She has worked on a number of successful campaigns for brands including Suzuki, KFC, and edenrobe.

While talking to Maria, we learned that she wants to inspire and encourage other women to become prominent leaders in the advertising industry. She goes on to share that women are often restricted and challenged in achieving what they deserve.

Women manage not just their professional lives and careers, they also dedicate themselves to their households. They go home after work, cook and clean and also attend to their children and extended families.

Maria goes on to emphasize that men and women both need to encourage talented women.

She mentions how the environment at Synergy Group has been nurturing for women because its Managing Director Ahmed Kapadia has always encouraged and acknowledged its female talent.


Don’t Give up, Continue to do the good work that you are doing, keep at it and believe in yourself.  -mARIA sHAMSI


Pitch 100 Superwomen 2019: Complete List

Other women honored this year are:

  1. Aarti Mahtani, Sales Manager, Cinelab London
  2. Abigail Stephenson, Creative, Droga5
  3. Alice Morris, Producer, 2AM
  4. Alicia Job, Creative, ENGINE
  5. Allison Duval, Group Marketing Manager, Procam
  6. Ally Owen, Founder, Brixton Finishing School
  7. Amie Snow-Mayers, Creative, Ogilvy
  8. Anjali Vasudevan, Client Director, Jones Knowles Ritchie Singapore
  9. Anna Dalziel, Director of Brand, UK & Global, Momentum Worldwide
  10. Anna Jobbins, Creative, Havas London
  11. Annika Allen, Content Creator & Founder, Black Magic Network
  12. Aoife McGuinness, Neuroscience Consultant, HeyHuman
  13. Atiya Zaidi, Executive Creative Director, JWT/Grey
  14. Audrey Solvar, Founder, Black Creators Matte
  15. Bairbre McGlade, Senior Art Director, Boys + Girls
  16. Becca Gribbin, Events & Marketing Manager, APA
  17. Calli Louis, Client Services Director, Karmarama
  18. Caroline Paris, Creative Director, Brave
  19. Cat Shanu, Social Media Co-ordinator, BAD (British Arrows Doorway)
  20. Cathy Green, Acting Head of Production, Biscuit Filmworks
  21. Charlotte Hugh, Senior Creative, Dark Horses
  22. Charlotte Khushi, Senior Art Director, Wunderman
  23. Cheryl Payne, Senior Producer, Freefolk
  24. Chloe Saunders, Head of Production, CHEAT
  25. Claire Baker, Creative Director, Drum
  26. Claire Cook, Executive Producer, Nexus Studios
  27. Claire Cullen, Post Producer, Freelance
  28. Claire Young, Head of Creative Services & Creative Production, VCCP
  29. Clare McGrath, Executive Producer, Finger Music
  30. Clare Timms, Managing Director, Darling Films
  31. Cookie Tabinor, Event Co-ordinator & Creative, Mellor&Smith
  32. Cressida Holmes-Smith, Client Partner, Lucky Generals
  33. Diana Tickell, CEO, NABS
  34. Dionne Archibald, Executive Producer, Coffee & TV
  35. Emily Challenor, Senior Account Director, LIDA
  36. Emily DeGroot, Project Director, Freelance, Founder, Dear Adland
  37. Emily Newman, Producer, Speade Ltd
  38. Emma Gardner, Managing Partner, ELVIS
  39. Emma Saddleton, Client Account Director, Carat UK
  40. Eva O’Reilly, PA, Jones Knowles Ritchie
  41. Fran Plowright, Partnerships Manager, Create Jobs
  42. Gaby Khalastchy, Account Director, Wildfire Social
  43. Gemma Phillips, Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi
  44. Georgina Kent, Senior Producer, BBH
  45. Hanisha Kotecha, Managing Director, GOOD Agency
  46. Hanna Davis, Producer, FCB Inferno
  47. Hannah Barnes, PR & Marketing Manager, Smoke & Mirrors, Big Buoy
  48. Hannah Bellil, Producer, Prettybird UK
  49. Hannah Stein, Senior Account Manager, Content Strategist, Jones Knowles Ritchie
  50. Heleana Blackwell, Strategist, Havas London / Co-founder, The New Work
  51. Helen Hadfield, MD & Executive Producer, Snapper Films
  52. Islay Leefe-Griffiths, Producer, Production Manager, Freelance
  53. Jacqueline Dobrin, Head of Production, Grey London
  54. Jade Trott, Art Director, Oliver
  55. Jane Kinnaird, Creative Strategist, Creative Shop, Facebook & Instagram
  56. Jasmine Portman, Account Director, Creature
  57. Jess Journo, Head of Talent, Familia
  58. Jess Watson, Creative, ENGINE
  59. Jo Rudolphy, Head of Talent, SKUNK
  60. Jody Nicholl, Creative Director, We Are Alexander
  61. Joyce Kremer, Art Director, Freelance
  62. Julia Cheetham, Production Director, Apple Inc
  63. Julia Martens, Copywriter, Freelance
  64. Karen Fraser, Director, Credos & Head of Strategy, Advertising Association
  65. Kate Lloyd, Creative, Havas London
  66. Kate Lynham, Creative Director, UNIT9 London
  67. Katie Gander, PA to HTV, Leo Burnett
  68. Kayleigh Didcott, Account Manager, Poke London
  69. Keeva Bolger, Agency Producer, Boys + Girls
  70. Kelly Church, Lead Planner, The Gate London
  71. Kemi Anthony, Marketing Communications Manager, IKEA UK
  72. Kerry Glazer, Chair, AAR, President NABS, Chair #timeto
  73. Kerry Robinson, Creative Director & Content Strategy, AKQA
  74. Kim Jarrett, Executive Producer, London Alley UK
  75. Kristina Ryan, Senior Creative, Mr.h
  76. Lauren Haberfield, Senior Art Director, BETC Paris
  77. Lauren Portelli, Group Brand Director, 72andSunny Amsterdam
  78. Leonie Moreton, Operations Director, Coffee & TV
  79. Lesley Queen, Head of Production, Nice Biscuits
  80. Libby Swan, Managing Partner, PRDXN
  81. Lisa Joseph, Producer, RSA Films
  82. Liz Browne, Head of Production Operations, The Mill
  83. Lizi Hamer, Regional Creative Director, Octagon, Singapore
  84. Lottie Cooper, Deputy Managing Director, Framestore
  85. Louise Allen, Head of Production, Factory
  86. Lucy Eldridge, Senior Creative Copywriter, Wunderman
  87. Lucy Gossage, Producer, Freelance
  88. Lucy Jameson, Co-Founder, Uncommon
  89. Lydia Raghavan, Creative, Refinery29
  90. Malin Persson, Product Marketing Manager, Enterprise Special Projects EMEA, Adobe
  91. Maria Shamsi, Creative Director, Synergy Advertising, Karachi
  92. Mel Lamont, Bookings Manager, Procam
  93. Mercedes Benson, Brand Partnerships Manager, Complex Networks, SocialFixt
  94. Meriel Bunney-Gillies, Head of Creative Development, LS Productions
  95. Mikaela Rice, Conceptual Creative, Freelance / Social Creative, Shesays
  96. Nana Bempah, Executive Producer / Producer / Co-founder of Pocc
  97. Nancy Ryan, Producer, Black Dog Films, RSA Films
  98. Natalie Graeme, Co-Founder, Uncommon
  99. Natasher Beecher, Senior Copywriter, Ogilvy Health UKNimo Awil, Senior Creative, Poke London
  100. Nisa Kurti, PA & Office Manager, 1stAveMachine
  101. Noreen Connolly, Managing Director, Beam
  102. Paulette Caletti, Producer, Prettybird
  103. Pip Hulbert, CEO, Wunderman Thompson UK
  104. Polly Barnes, Client Services Director, Creature
  105. Portia Clarke, Music & Culture Manager, Freelance
  106. Rachel Menzies, Music Supervisor, Native Music Supervision, Hookline
  107. Rebecca Rowntree, Freelance Creative Director / Founder of This Way Up Podcast
  108. Reshma Biring, Enablement Manager, Annalect EMEA
  109. Roxi Jahanshahi, Programmes Manager, You Make It
  110. Ruth Boulter, Creative Director, McCann London
  111. Sabrina Lynch, Senior Vice President, Vision7
  112. Samia Ahmed, Producer, Freelance
  113. Sarah Gardner, Producer, Freelance
  114. Sarah Watson, Senior Creative, McGarryBowen
  115. Saskia Jensen, Producer, SALT.TV
  116. Scarlett Montanaro, Creative Director, Revolt London
  117. Sherina Florence, Creative Director, Ogilvy New York
  118. Sonya Barlow, Founder, Like Minded Females
  119. Sophie Kluman, Global Head of Operations, MD, STINK
  120. Sophie Rivet, Account Director, POKE London
  121. Suki Heather, Creative Director, AKQA London
  122. Syl Saller, CMO, Diageo
  123. Tash Tan, Executive Producer, Somesuch
  124. Theadora Watts, Executive Assistant, Partizan
  125. Tobi Oredein, Founder, Black Ballad
  126. Victoria Brooks, Brand Sustainability Strategy Consultant, Freelance / VP, Bloom UK
  127. Yelena Gaufman, Strategy Partner, Fold7
  128. Yen Ho, Director of Operations, 72andSunny Los Angeles
  129. Zara Montagu-Leon, Creative Services Director, Brave

A very hearty congratulations to all of these amazing women! May you continue to inspire the women in the industry.

Stay tuned to Brandsynario for more news and updates.

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