Ernst van der Merwe

Ernst van der Merwe

Digital Creative Director at Ogilvy South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa

About me

Award-winning through-the-line Creative Director with over 13 years in the marketing and advertising industry, Ernst has worked on a number of blue chip clients; Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Lexus, Danone, Philips, Kimberly Clark, KFC, Vodacom, MTN, DStv, Showmax and Investec Private Bank, and Nike to name a few.

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 serves on both the Agency and Marketing Councils of the IAB.

In 2019, Ernst chaired the IAB's annual Bookmarks Awards Committee, and served as a judge on the Innovation Engineers jury.

  • Afrikaans - Pro
  • English - Native


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


Bachelor of Arts

January 2006 - January 2010 (4 years)

Trade Organizations

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

Marketing Council
June 2018 - Present (5 years)

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

Member of the Agency Council
August 2017 - Present (5 years 10 months)

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