Ernst van der Merwe

Ernst van der Merwe

Creative Director at Creative Spark — M&C Saatchi
Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

About me

Award-winning integrated (TTL) Creative Director and Head of Creative across both the Johannesburg and Cape Town offices of Creative Spark—the 70-strong digital specialist arm of the M&C Saatchi group of companies in South Africa.

With over 10 years in the marketing and advertising industry, Ernst has worked on a number of blue chip clients, such as Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Lexus, Danone, Philips, Kimberly Clark, Vodacom, MTN, DStv, Showmax and Investec Private Bank, to name a few.

As of late 2017, Ernst has assembled and led the new technical/interactive design department of Creative Spark—adding user experience design, copywriting and and user interface design and testing specialities to bolster the agency's already strong marketing offering.

Ernst has served on industry advisory panels for a number of South African tertiary institutions—most recently The AAA School of Advertising and North-West University, and sits on both the Agency and Marketing Councils of the IAB.

  • Afrikaans - Pro
  • English - Native


Creative Director. Head of Creative
Cape Town, South Africa
June 2017 - Present (1 year 6 months)


Bachelor of Arts

January 2006 - January 2010 (4 years)

Trade Organizations

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

Marketing Council
June 2018 - Present (6 months)

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

Member of the Agency Council
August 2017 - Present (1 year 4 months)

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