Four in Cairo and Dubai are among the 18 young creatives from around the world announced as Portfolio Night All-Stars, as selected by industry professionals who participated in The One Club for Creativity’s Portfolio Night 2021, held virtually back in May.
This year’s Portfolio Night (PN) was hosted in the region by Cairo Ad School and ‿ and us Dubai. Top creatives involved with those organizations selected Toan Mai, copywriter, Dubai; Saymon Medeiros, art director, Dubai; Muhamed Mostafa, art director, Cairo; and Amr Nashat, copywriter, Cairo, to represent MENA as Portfolio Night All-Stars.
The complete list of global PN All-Stars can be viewed here.
Portfolio Night is a fast-paced evening of advice, networking and recruitment that takes place in numerous cities all across the globe to help the next generation of creative talent entering the industry. Due to the pandemic, this year’s PN was held virtually for the first time.
A highlight of this one-of-a-kind program is Portfolio Night All-Stars, where industry professionals from each host city select young creatives in their market with the best portfolios. Portfolio Night All-Stars are usually flown to New York, courtesy of The One Club, to spend a week working as a team on a creative brief for a major global brand.
Like this year’s Portfolio Night, the All-Stars competition will also take place virtually. The event is sponsored by FCB, who will provide mentors and judges for work on the creative brief for Wal-Mart.
Other Portfolio Night 2021 host agencies and organizations were Alma DDB Miami, Chicago Portfolio School, Clube Criativos de Portugal Lisbon, Goodby Silverstein & Partners San Francisco, GTB Detroit, Tank Montreal, The One Club-Austin chapter and VMLY&R London.
“As a global nonprofit organization with a focus on professional development, it’s one of the highlights of our year to see the next generation of creatives show their talents at PortfolioNight,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club for Creativity. “We congratulate Toan, Saymon, Muhamed and Amr for being selected as All-Stars, and thank Cairo Ad School and ‿ and us for hosting the event.”
Since starting in 2003, Portfolio Night has taken place in 70 cities across 45 countries, with nearly 10,000 portfolios reviewed.
It serves as a gateway for young talent to enter the industry, enabling the best of the present — hundreds of renowned international creative directors — to meet and mentor the leaders of the future in industry hubs around the world. Portfolio Night also serves as a crucial tool for agencies in recruiting top young talent and providing a platform for recognition from local industry peers.