Paruj Daorai











The Grand Jury is NYF’s front line in selecting the World’s Best Advertising®. These award-winning creatives evaluate NYF’s entries from over 100 countries worldwide and determine which creative campaign will move on to the medal round. Not an easy task. It takes experience, brilliant creative chops, and dedication to their craft.

NYF’s Grand Jury of 300+ creatives are one of the most diverse juries on the planet, with advertising creatives from over 50 countries around the globe, this jury is a powerhouse of innovation and creativity.

2018 Grand Jury member, Paruj Daorai, Executive Creative Director for Leo Burnett Thailand began his career in advertising in Bangkok as a copywriter, after 10 months, he realized that his passion was in art directing. He left Bangkok for the US and earned his degree in graphic design followed by stints at an ad agency and a design firm.

Phase Two of his career as an art director began at D’Arcy (DMB&B).  While at Lowe, Bangkok Paruj served as a creative director before joining Ogilvy & Mather, Bangkok.  Throughout his career he’s worked on many international brands such as Saab, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, MG,Samsung, P&G, Unilever, Coke,Fanta, JackDaniel's and Telenor.  His creative work has earned him accolades at some of the world’s top creative competitions including: at Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, Asia Pacific AdFest, Clio Awards, London international Awards and AdStar 

On Judging: 

New York Festivals: What do you expect to learn this year from judging and what do you hope to bring back to your creative team?

Paruj Daorai: New perspective on connecting people with brands 

New York Festivals: If you were to participate on the Grand Jury ten or fifteen years from now, what changes would you expect to see regarding the work?

Paruj Daorai: Beyond my imagination

New York Festivals: What are your personal criteria for choosing award-winning work? 

Paruj Daorai: Makes me envy. Inspires me. Pushes the industry forward.

New York Festivals: When judging, what trends do you hope will fade away, and what “old school” trends do you hope will make a resurgence?

Paruj Daorai: Technology just for a ‘WOW’ execution will fade away.
& Work that brings people together will never die.

On Advertising: 

New York Festivals: In 3 words or less, what do you think about 6 second commercials?

Paruj Daorai: Must trigger action.

New York Festivals: What was the first ad you saw that made you say “wow!” and got you on the track to a career in advertising?

Paruj Daorai: Alka Seltzer 'Lifeboat' 

New York Festivals: Has the relationship between agency and client changed at all and if so how?

Paruj Daorai: Sadly, lots of client-agency relationships now are based on ‘fear’… 

New York Festivals: What philosophy drives your career? 

Paruj Daorai: “I still have a lot to learn.” 

New York Festivals: Where do you see ads showing up in the future that we don’t have now?

Paruj Daorai: Our minds and our sub-conscious 

On Life:

New York Festivals: How do you tap into creativity?  What do you personally do to fan the creative flames?

Paruj Daorai: Running peacefully

New York Festivals: What’s the one smartphone app you couldn’t live without?

Paruj Daorai: None  

New York Festivals: Who’s a creative icon that inspires you?

Paruj Daorai: Sir john Hegarty

New York Festivals: Favorite travel destination?

Paruj Daorai: München, Germany

What is your mantra for life? 

Paruj Daorai: Nothing is more important than your family.