Raymond Otene McKay is an Indigenous Chief Creative Officer based in Aotearoa (NZ). He helms the waka with his hoa rangatira (wife) and Co-Founder Laura Cibilich. McKay has been acknowledged locally and internationally: Clios 2022 Judge Student Orcas 2021 Judge Middlemore Foundation Board Member Ad Stars 2021 Judge Axis Awards NZ Indigi-X Initiative Canada Spotify - Outside Voices BIPOC Global Initiative Google Rare Steering Group Fast Company Innovation By Design Awards Ad Stars Awards Communication Arts Awards Best Design Awards Australian Graphic Design Awards Indigo Design Awards Campaign Asia 40 under 40 Lürser’s Archive New Zealand Marketing Awards Square Awards Westpac Business Awards Pride in Print Awards Raymond is of Ngaati Mahuta / Ngāti Rongomaiwahine / Ngāti Porou / Ngāti Pūkeko / Scotland / Ireland / Portugal whakapapa. He has worked at the highest level of advertising for 16 years, in some of the world’s most awarded creative agencies. He now runs his highly awarded agency with his wife and business partner. Raymond is passionate about championing Māori, Pacific and BIPOC whānau (family), and recently launched an online platform, Orator Circle, to showcase their stories. He is also a board member of the Middlemore Foundation, a registered charity funding life changing initiatives in health, homes and education in South Auckland. He is also a guest lecturer at AUT university, where he shares his knowledge of the advertising and design industry particularly with an Indigenous focus. After graduating from AUT University with a Bachelor Communication Studies, Raymond was hired to work as a creative at Colenso BBDO, consistently ranked in the top most creative agencies in the world. He further honed his craft as an Art Director in the biggest and most respected advertising agencies in New Zealand and Australia, including DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi, Colenso BBDO, Clemenger BBDO, Lowe, Draft FCB and 99. During his career Raymond has worked on global brand and retail accounts including Air New Zealand, Pacific Blue, Emirates, McDonald’s, TV3, TVNZ, Sky TV, Toyota, The Warehouse, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Frucor, Fonterra, Placemakers, Les Mills and various other international brands. Raymond is also experienced in a variety of categories and disciplines, Raymond thrives on any creative business challenge. Exposure to all facets of advertising and strategy, has enabled him to effectively navigate the gap between traditional and digital communications.