Dushan Drakalski

Chief Creative Officer Europe
Ray Productions
Czech Republic

Dushan Drakalski is a creative and film director. He is considered to be one of the most creative and experienced communication specialists from the Balkans, managing to create award-winning and memorable campaigns in this challenging region, as well as being the recipient of one of the most prestigious awards – Titanium Lion. Throughout his career he always strived for extremely high standard of work and believes that every piece should derive from passion. Dushan’s work has been recognized at Cannes Lions, Eurobest, One Show, New York Festival, Epica, and many other regional award shows. Dushan started his career in 1997 at Saatchi & Saatchi. Afterwards he worked as a Regional Creative Director in New Moment New Ideas Company. In 2016, Dushan was appointed to the Hall of Fame, CEE. That same year he took over a position as an ECD at Demner, Merlicek and Bergmann in Vienna, Austria, running up the Agency into winning lions for two consecutive years. Dushan is now holding a position of CCO at VMLY&R’s production responsible for the European market.
He has been a guest speaker at many events as well as jury member in most major advertising festivals including several times at Golden Drum, The CUP Awards and twice Cannes Lions.

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