Managing Director, SEA 

Sonal has over 15 years of experience in the digital industry with a focus on advertising technologies, mobile, e-commerce and programmatic advertising. Sonal has been evangelising technology platform advertising in APAC since 2008. She has held various positions in tech advertising and went on to grow the International team of RightMedia Advertising-Exchange in Hong Kong and South-East Asia, which Yahoo acquired. Sonal thereafter went on to build and grow Yahoo Audience Extension network (YAN) and then took a role with Google to manage the platforms business in South-East Asia and India. She grew AppNexus's advertising platform in APAC and then went to build scalable solutions and offerings for the Dentsu APAC team running all of programmatic in the region. Her current role at Quantcast has her tasked with scaling, defining and growing the SEA business leveraging the proprietary platform in the region and defining the way marketers scale their own businesses with Quantcast data, tools, technology and AI in the region.

Why I am judging the awards "In a world of crowded messaging and advertising the attention economy has to strive to captivate consumers beyond the eyeballs and almost synergise the connectivity of brands to consumers. Being part of the Drum Digital jury would expose me to a first hand approach as to how creativity in the region drives to execution, celebrate the creative & innovative process and thank the individuals who truly punch above their weight especially given such tumultuous times."

Judging panel

Asha Gourinath

Lead For Digital Marketing & CRM | Growth Markets For SEA

Naomi Rajendram

Head of Marketing Technologies (MarTech)
PwC South East Asia

Sonal Patel

Managing Director, SEA 


Managing Director Media Group
DAN Singapore

Laura Quigley

Senior Vice President, APAC
Integral Ad Science

Thomas Wolf

Head of Online Marketing & CRM

Dawn Chan

International Business Director
South China Morning Post

Jenn Villalobos

Chief Digital and Technology Officer
Prudential Thailand

Athreyan Sundararajan

Vice President, Marketing & Brand Services
WarnerMedia SEAP

Ravi Shankar

Global Head of Digital Marketing

Jo Bjordal

Chief Marketing Officer

Jennifer Chase

vice president, digital sales, solutions & operations

Phillip Cowlishaw

head of adobe advertising cloud for asia pacific

Avery Akkineni


John Matthews

Director of media and partnerships

Sidharth Bhasin

Associate director, media procurement APAC
Johnson & Johnson

Allison Coley

Chief Client Officer, Asia-Pacific Global Client Lead, Huawei

James Sampson

regional head, partnerships & strategy
GrabAds at Grab

Michel De Rijk

ceo, apac

Steve Ford

Head of APAC Sales

Bob Du

Managing Director, Singapore

Marc Langenfeld

APEX Regional Lead, APAC
Publicis Media

Cindy Tan

VP, Display, APAC

Stephen Li

CEO, Asia Pacific

Diogo Andrade

Head of automation

Mohenesh Chamith Buthgumwa

Isobar & Response

Niall Hogan

Managing Director SEA,

Silas Lewis-Meilus

head of media, apac
GSK Consumer Health

Vivian Yeung

managing director
MediaCom Singapore