Meet the D&AD Impact Council

The D&AD Impact Council is made up of senior figures from across the creative, social entrepreneur, Venture Capital and NGO space and exists to support and represent D&AD Impact’s mission to drive creativity that powers change.

Nils Leonard

Founder Halo Coffee
Just this year, Nils Leonard has teamed up with several partners—who have a long history in the coffee business—to launch Halo, a brand that is producing what it says is the world’s first fully compostable coffee capsule for home coffee machines. Prior to this venture, as Chief Creative Officer of Grey London, Nils Leonard oversaw eight of the most profitable and awarded years in the agency’s fifty two year history. He was one of the youngest agency Chairman in the world. In 2014, his commitment to creativity, innovation, talent and culture culminated in Grey being named D&AD’s most awarded UK agency, IPA Effectiveness Agency of the Year, Campaign's Network of the Year & Direct Agency of the Year at the Big awards. In 2015, Grey became the only agency in the world to win two Grand Prix in Cannes. Nils was voted into the Ad Age Creativity Fifty and was named the most creative person in advertising in the world by Business Insider. 2016 has already seen the agency named a Contagious Pioneer, one of only 12 agencies globally to be selected by Contagious as consistently setting the standard for excellence and innovation as well as being D&AD’s most awarded agency for the second time in 3 years. His most recent work on the Tate Britain won the Grand Prix at the Design Week awards and picked up 15 lions at the Cannes festival of creativity. A creative champion, agitating for change and diversity in the industry Nils is on the board of trustees of D&AD, is in the Debrett’s 500, is listed as one The Sunday Times’ 500 most influential people in the UK and has been voted into The Hospital Club’s hClub 100 – celebrating the most influential and innovative people working in the creative industries in Great Britain today.