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Pepe Marais, the author of Growing Greatness, is the founding partner and Group Chief Creative Officer of brand and communications group Joe Public United. He lives for creativity that deeply connects with people.

His passion is to co-create an environment and culture that breed exponential growth – the growth of Joe Public’s people, clients and ultimately our country.

Pepe has been the recipient of numerous local and international industry awards. He has annually served on various judging panels of the Loerie Awards since 2004, has judged at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival twice, the New York One Show Award once and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the South Africa Creative Circle since 2007. Pepe was voted by his peers as the Most Admired Agency Creative in Johannesburg in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and as the Most Admired Agency Professional by marketers in the 2017 Scopen Agency Scope report. Yet he believes that accolades are merely the building blocks toward a vision of creating an organisation that inspires greatness.