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Ilan Geva

Ilan Geva is a business owner, university instructor, consultant, speaker, seminar leader, creative director, designer, expert in integrated marketing communications, branding, veteran in mentoring, managing, developing, executing and implementing marketing strategies for all brand touch points. His teaching experience includes:

  • University of Chicago, Graham School, conducting the “Branding your company or client” course for the past 15 years (Current)
  • DePaul University, Driehaus School of Business- Adjunct Faculty, teaching Principles of Advertising, Principles of Marketing and Consumer Behavior, including Improving Interpersonal Dynamics. (Current)
  • DePaul University Kellstadt Marketing Center, conducting Branding Practices Seminars (Current)
  • DePaul University, Communication Dept. teaching Creativity in Advertising
  • Training session on Medical Tourism branding at Cambridge Academy in Dubai
  • Tsinghua University, Peking University, and Jinan University China, lectures for EMBA program at Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (India), Integrated Marketing Communications lectures
  • Kendall College Chicago, School of Hospitality, School of Business, Adjunct Faculty, teaching Intro to Design in the hospitality business
  • Roosevelt University, College of Arts & Sciences, adjunct faculty teaching Brand Planning and Message Strategy
  • Columbia College Chicago, Marketing Communications Dept.- Faculty advisor, Adjunct faculty, subjects:  International Advertising, Integrated Marketing Communications, Interactive Advertising
  • The School of The Art Institute, Chicago, Adjunct Faculty, subject: Advanced Packaging Design
  • Tel-Aviv University, Recanaty School of Business Management, Guest Lecturer, advertising
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem- Aboodi School of Advertising, Program Director, advertising studies
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA, Adjunct Faculty, Advertising Lectures


Won over 100 international and national awards such as Clio, Addy, Echo, John Caples, Tempo, Popai, Telly, Summit, Adrian, Graphis, Design USA, and more, for work done in branding, print advertising, direct marketing, TV, graphic design and sales promotion. Judged many national and international awards competitions.

  • Winner: 2006 Teaching Excellence Award, University of Chicago.
  • Winner: 2011 Distinguished Professional Educator Award, DePaul University
  • Designated Institute Faculty member of the In-Store Marketing Institute, 2007


  • Ilan Geva & Friends, Chicago – Owner/Partner (various partnerships since 1993)
  • Owner and main client contact of a branding and marketing services consultancy
  • Managing all aspects of agency business, creative services, staff training, intern mentoring, and production
  • Clients included Lisbon Convention Bureau, Mexico Tourism Board, AAR Corp., Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago,, Swiss Water Process Decaffeinated Coffee Co., Buona Restaurants, Sarpino’s Pizzeria, Quintana Multilingual Services, Luna Negra Dance Company and more
  • Gage Marketing Group, 1997-1998, Minneapolis MN, VP creative director
  • Kragie/Newell, 1994-1995, Des Moines IA, VP executive creative director
  • Frankel & Co., 1989-1993, Chicago IL, creative supervisor
  • Leo Burnett Co., 1988, Chicago IL, associate creative director
  • Ogilvy & Mather, 1981-1988, 1988 – 1989, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Chicago, creative director, design director, account director