Verra Budimlija

Chief Strategy Officer , Wavemaker UK

Verra Budimljja has been Chief Strategy Officer of Wavemaker since its inception in January 2018 and during that time she has revolutionised our approach to buying, planning and creating media. Renowned for her creativity, proactivity and industry-leading thought-leadership, her relentless focus on reaching new, diverse audiences has fostered a culture of truly inclusive planning which is not just driving growth for Wavemaker's clients, but also provoking positive change in society at large. 

Verra kicked off her career in some of London's most successful advertising agencies including M&C Saatchi, Leo Burnett and Sapient Nitro where she worked on blue chip clients including Kellogg's, NatWest, Sainsbury's and Sky. 

She is a high profile thought leader and influential figure in the broader communications industry - she was chair of the entertainment jury at Eurobest in 2016 and is regularly named in Campaign's Top 10 Strategists. 

She has also spoken at conferences for the likes of the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Mediatel and Magnetic.