Kolja DANQUAH

Senior Creative | SERVICE PLAN

Born in 1977 I grew up in Wolfsburg, Germany with an automobile factory to the left and the iron curtain to the right. Later i received a driver’s license for tanks and tried to become a teacher in history and German studies. moved to berlin, worked as bartender and in various other jobs … and finally ended up in advertising. First lessons learned as intern at Plantage Berlin from 2008 to 2009 – gathering experience with clients like Mini, Sony Europe or Bertelsmann Group. I moved to Hamburg and joined Kolle Rebbe from 2009 to 2012 as Junior Copywriter and Copywriter – refining skills with Nike Football, Ritter Sport, Gauloises, Google/YouTube and the international lead account of Lufthansa. Following a brief stint at Leagas Delaney Hamburg – working on the international lead accounts of Bosch Automotive and Skoda – I joined Serviceplan International in Hamburg in 2014. Right now, I’m global creative director on the global BMW account – focusing on integrated campaigns, film development and production.

influences

questionnaire

What was your very first job? What does it feel like to look back at it now?

First paid job was being the coach of an all-girl volleyball youth team – a valuable experience that taught me a lot about social dynamics and how to deal with the frustrations that come with slow progress.

Please describe, in your own words, what your current job is and what work it entails.

As creative director I feel like that infamous two-sided coin. While I love both perspectives individually, it is the balancing what this job is all about. This involves some politics, accepting unreasonable decision-making, but also being in the position to guide brands and to protect the integrity of ideas, to give guidance in times of confusion, support in times of doubt and generally maintaining a good spirit. Essentially being human, stupid and smart at the same time. And I think a good amount of honesty helps with that.  

How did you discover that the creative world is right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? Which train of events did bring you to where you are today?

There is not a certain event, but when joining the industry, I felt instantly supported in being genuinely who I am. While this might have been more a subconscious, good feel at first, but I strongly believe this is a great source of creativity. Later it became an integral part of my more intellectual work philosophy. And the reason I stayed.

In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how and where do you usually find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant?

It is about walking around with open eyes, as our world is a very interesting place.

If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, especially for the creative work and innovation it required rather than its recognition or industry success, what would it be?

Actually, this is not related to any specific project, but I am very flattered about the diverse, often brilliant individuals I have the opportunity to work with. If they trust me or like working with me, that makes me proud. And I once did a daughter.

jury

Creative Director | STUDIO AHIRA
Head of Inhouse Agency | E. BREUNINGER
Executive Creative Director | JUNG VON MATT
Marketing Director | STRELLSON
Head of TV | HAVAS WORLDWIDE
Prod Operations Mngr. I OLIVER AGENCY
Managing Creative Director | HAVAS MUNICH
Sen. Art Director | DONKEY COMMUNICATION
Managing Director | BEHIND THE SCENES
Senior Creative | AKQA
Head of Art Buying | JUNG VON MATT
Senior Creative | BBDO
Creative Director for Mercedes-Benz | ANTONI
Head of Creative Services | ESCADA
Founder | BUREAU BRAUNE
Head of Integrated Marketing | HUGO BOSS
CEO | AUBADE
Global Marketing Director | BORGWARD
Executive Creative Director | THJNK
Sr Director Communications | LUFTHANSA
Creative Director | GRABARZ & PARTNER
Senior Creative | INNOCEAN
Creative Director | LUKAS LINDEMANN ROSINSKI
Senior Creative | INNOCEAN
Brand Experience & Brand Design Strategist | VOLKSWAGEN
Senior Creative | SERVICE PLAN
Head of Production | ABOUT YOU
Head of Art Buying | OGILVY & MATHER
Art Director | WORMLAND
Lead Producer | HAVAS
CEO | HESSNATURE
Executive Creative Director | WUNDERMAN
Digital Director | PWC
Creative Director | MUTABOR DESIGN
Head of TV | SELECTWORLD
ECD | PAHNKE MARKENMACHEREI
Executive Creative Director | ANTONI
Creative Head & Publisher | MFK PUBLISHING
Creative Director | KALTES KLARES WASSER
Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
Exec. Prod. & Head of moving images | ANTONI GMBH
Art Buyer | OTTO
MD & partner | SERVICEPLAN Berlin
Creative Director | JVM
Creative Director | METAPULSE
Senior Creative Manager | SERVICE PLAN
Creative Director | SERVICE PLAN
Executive Creative Director | ANOMALY
Executive Creative Director | ACHTUNG
Group Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
Director Brand Strategy | VOLKSWAGEN
Sr. Director Creative | UNIVERSAL MUSIC
Advertising Manager | FERRERO
Executive Creative Director | LA RED
Creative Director | HONEY
Executive Producer | PAHNKE MARKENMACHEREI
Sr. Art Dir | LUKAS LINDEMANN ROSINSKI
ECD | ZHOI HY CREATIVE STUDIO
Creative Director | SELECTWORLD
Creative Director | BB 235
Creative Director | DDB BERLIN
Creative Director
Brand Director | HIGHSNOBIETY
CMO | WORMLAND
Creative Director | WE-ARE-OPEN
Creative Director | GGH MULLENLOWE
Creative Director | KEMMLER KEMMLER
Creative Head Marketing | S. OLIVER
Executive Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
Head of Art Buying | PRODIGIOUS
Head of Art Buying | TRACK
Founder | CFS KRUG
Creative Director
Senior Art Director | FISCHER APPELT
Art Director | AEYDE
Brand Strategist & Mktg | ANDREAS MURKUDIS
Creative Director | MARIO LOMBARDO
Creative Director | RIEGG & PARTNER
Creative Director | ANOMALY
CCO | GREY
Creative Dir. | Deutsche Fussball Liga
Creative Director | MINI - BMW GROUP
Creative & Art Director | INNOCEAN
Head of Brand Marketing | MYKITA
Senior Art Buyer | FCB Hamburg
Sen. Art Director | WORMLAND
Creative Director | ÜBERGROUND
Marketing Director | ELECTROLUX
Head of art buying | SCHOLZ & FRIENDS
Creative Director |
COO & Executive Producer | KURZGESAGT
VP Marketing Director | LILIUM
Creative Arts Consultant | HEIMAT
Art Producer
Creative Director | GRABARZ & PARTNER
Head of Agency Producing | WIRZ
Head of TV & FILM | JUNG VON MATT
Creative Director | MYTHERESA
Executive Creative Director | THJNK
Executive Creative Director | WIRZ
Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
Creative Director | KOLLE REBBE
CCO | PAHNKE MARKENMACHEREI
Head of Marketing | ZINO DAVIDOFF
Managing Director | ROSENDAHL BERLIN
Executive Creative Director | STRAIGHT
Creative Director | STUDIO CHRISTIAN RUESS
Executive Creative Director | RUSKA MARTIN
Creative Director
Executive Creative Director | TERRITORY
CD & Founder | DONALD SCHNEIDER STUDIO
Director | SCHOBER DESIGN
Chief Creative Officer Germany | HAVAS
Head of Art Buying | PHILIPP UND KEUNTJE
Brand Marketing Mngr. | MYKITA
Managing Director | PRISM
Art Buyer | FREIESARTBUYING
ECD | SERVICE PLAN
Creative Director | OLIVER AGENCY
Marketing Dir. & Art Buyer | WORMLAND
Creative Director | CONDENAST
Creative Director | HONEY
Senior Art Dir.| DONKEY COMMUNICATION
Creative Director | GRABARZ & PARTNER
Creative Director | FRANCES UCKERMANN
Head of TV | JUNG VON MATT
Head of Brand Marketing | EBAY
Lead Creative | APPLE
Senior Art Buyer | GRABARZ & PARTNER
Marketing & Communication Advisor
Creative Director Art | ÜBERGROUND
Director of Photography | LOVED
Head of Art Buying | HEIMAT
Executive Creative Director | HEIMAT
Executive Creative Director | SERVICE PLAN
Head of Marketing | SIEMENS
Owner/Partner | SOLOMON WINTER
Art Buyer | TRACK
Hd. of Creat. Concept & Com. | THOMAS SABO
Creative Director | OTTO
Managing Director | THJNK