Karpat POLAT
Creative Chairman,
K A R P A T, Istanbul

Karpat Polat has started another chapter in his career by forming his own agency - K A R P A T! The first chapter of his stellar career came in 1998 at JWT. After several years there, he moved to Medina Turgul/DDB for another couple of years. He then continued his career in a local agency where he won the first of his many international awards. During this period, he laid his eyes on the Brazilian creative scene and when the opportunity arose in 2004, he moved to Sao Paulo.

In Karpat’s leadership, DDB&Co. Istanbul has been chosen “Agency of the Year” in the third ranking at Cannes Lions 2009, an unprecedented achievement in the Turkish advertising sector. Shortly afterwards, DDB&Co. won Turkey’s first Grand Prix in Epica Awards, Epica D’or in 2009. And in 2010, DDB&Co. won 3 Grand Prix at Golden Drum Festival and was named Agency of The Year, which led to DDB's becoming Network of The Year at Golden Drum.

He is the first Turkish creative to bring home a Lion; he also holds the most, with 19 Cannes Lions. According to Luerzer’s Archive rankings, Karpat Polat is one of the top ten copywriters in the world. According to the Big Won report, he is one of the top 5 Creative Directors in the world. Recognised by Turkish Time as one of the top 50 Turkish creative individuals, he is the only adman in Fortune Turkey’s 40 Under 40 list.

His work has been awarded for both its creativity and effectiveness, including Gold, Silver and Bronze Effies and more than 80 Crystal Apples, Turkey’s advertising creativity awards.