Pepe Marais is the founding partner and Chief Creative Officer of communications group Joe Public United.
He lives for creativity that deeply connects with people.
His passion is to co-create an environment and culture that breeds exponential growth, Growth n – the growth of Joe Public’s clients, people and ultimately our country.
Moved by the obvious gap in our system and a driving need to give back as well as actively grow our country, Pepe established Joe Public’s CSR programme, One School at a Time in 2004. OSAAT is an organisation with the single-minded vision of creating an educational system that is a shining example to the world.
Pepe has been the recipient of numerous local and international industry awards, sat on a number of creative boards and judging panels from the Executive Committee of the Creative Circle, to Cannes, and was awarded Agency Leader(s) of the Year 2013.
According to Pepe accolades are merely the building blocks toward a vision of creating an environment that inspires greatness.
Joe Public United is currently ranked as one of the top three independent and fastest growing South African advertising group, which includes a brand design agency (Shift Joe Public), a cross-platform agency (Ignite Joe Public), a PR agency (Engage Joe Public) and a digital agency (Connect Joe Public) in Johannesburg, with an expanding network into Africa boasting a Joe Public in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as affiliations in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
The Joe Public brand is also represented in Amsterdam through its revolutionary Joe Public Take-Away Advertising model.
In 2014 The Annual Adfocus Awards ranked the agency as the Agency of the Year and for the second consecutive year awarded Agencies’ Agency of the Year, as voted for by industry peers. As well as being awarded Agency Group of the Year 2014 by AdReview.