Tham Khai Meng is one of the world's most awarded creative directors. He made advertising history by leading Ogilvy & Mather to win Network of the Year at Cannes five years in a row from 2012 through 2016.
AdAge has called Khai “One of the world's most influential people in the communication business.”
Khai's story began at Central St Martins in London where he studied design and art history and was awarded a scholarship to pursue an MA in Film at the Royal College of Art. Upon completing his studies, Khai went into advertising first at Leo Burnett London, then Chicago; and later in Singapore with stints at McCann Erickson and Bateys.
He joined O&M in 2000 as Regional Creative Director of Asia Pacific where he led them to win Agency of the Year for eight straight years in the Campaign Brief rankings. During this time he was inducted into the Campaign Brief Hall of Fame.
In 2009, Khai moved to New York to assume the position of Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, a role that had him overseeing the work of the entire O&M global network of more than 450 offices.
Khai created and nurtured what came to be known as a culture of 'Pervasive Creativity' throughout Ogilvy, where all employees in the company shared the responsibility of being creative regardless of title or job responsibilities. Khai's implementation of Pervasive Creativity has been credited for the agency's five consecutive Network of the Year wins at Cannes as well as the agency’s first ever Global Agency of the Year accolade from Adweek in 2016.
In recognition of Khai's role in pushing the agency to consistently produce great work, he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board in January 2016. He was also Chairman of its Worldwide Creative Council. He left Ogilvy in July, 2018 to explore other avenues for his creative energy.
A multiple Grand Prix and Titanium winner at Cannes, Khai has served as chairman on numerous advertising juries and is a frequent speaker at creative forums and business conferences.
Khai has served on the steering committee for content creation at the World Economic Forum, and taught master classes at Miami Ad School, Berlin School of Creative Leadership, St Martins and the Royal College of Art London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and he is also a contributing writer for The Guardian, Campaign and Forbes.
Khai serves on the boards of Miami Ad School, Future of Storytelling, Twitter Advisory Council and Facebook Creative Council. He is also involved in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.