JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA // Suhana Gordhan is a Hindu, who learned very quickly that there are no sacred cows in advertising. One of her favourite moments was during her time as Creative Director on the Peri-Peri chicken brand, Nando’s, when she pissed off a dictator and won a Loerie Grand Prix because of it.
Some of her other accolades include a Black Eagle, Gold Pendoring, Creative Circle Ad of the Year, a Silver Pixel at The Bookmarks, a Cannes Silver Lion, a D&AD Graphite Pencil and One Show Best in Discipline. When she’s not making ads, she enjoys hiking in the mountains and training Capoeira - a 400-year-old Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts (often mistaken by her colleagues to be an innocuous dance form).
Gordhan is passionate about the art of copywriting and loves parenting an idea well enough so that nobody molests it along its journey from birth to maturity. She believes that the best agency-client relationships are more marriage and less bondage, and enjoys working with partners who believe in making iconic South African work.
Suhana has served as a judge on the Direct Panel at the Cannes Lions Festival in 2016 and on the same panel at One Show in 2017. While she has a firm eye on a global creativity, Suhana has a strong commitment to the South African industry – she serves on The Creative Circle Board and is the current Chairperson of The Loeries, where she is also know as ‘The Chair Aunty.’