Ali Rez and Rita El Hachem named jury chairs at Clios Awards

El Hachem will lead the Film Craft Production Design jury, while Rez will preside over the Out of Home and Print juries

Impact BBDO’s creative chief Ali Rez and Stoked Film’s Executive Producer Rita El Hachem have been named as jury chairs at the Clio Awards for 2024.

The appointments mark the first time jury presidents have been appointed from the Middle East region.

Rez will lead the jury deliberations for the Print and Out of Home categories and El Hachem will lead the Film Craft Production Design jury,

Rez’s nomination as Clio jury chair follows his earlier appointment in 2023 as the Middle East’s first jury president at Cannes Lions.

Speaking on the news, Rez said, “A Clio was my first award ever way back as an advertising student, and it’s an emotional moment to be nominated to this position. Thank you to Dani Richa and David Lubars for all the support, and to the Clios team.”

Rez will also be one of the 12 of the jury chairs that will form a unified jury themselves and will determine the Grand Clio Winner in Innovation.

The remaining jury chair appointed at the awards are:

  • Audio & Audio Craft: Icaro Doria, President & CCO, DM9 (Sao Paulo)
  • Brand: Ricardo Marques, VP Marketing, Michelob ULTRA, Anheuser-Busch Inbev (New York City)
  • Branded Entertainment & Content: Tara Ford, Chief Creative Officer, The Monkeys Sydney (Sydney)
  • Creative Business Transformation, Commerce & Effectiveness: Nancy Crimi-Lamanna, Chief Creative Officer, FCB Canada (Toronto)
  • Design: Pum Lefebure, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Design Army (Washington, DC)
  • Digital/Mobile & Experience/Activation: Chaka Sobhani, Global Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Worldwide (London)
  • Direct: Stéphane Xiberras, CCO / President of BETC & Head of Havas Global Creative Council, BETC (Paris)
  • Film: Bruno Bertelli, Global CEO of Le pub, Global Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Worldwide, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe Italy, Publicis | LePub (Milan)
  • Media: Kevin Johnson, CEO, GroupM Canada (Toronto)
  • Public Relations: Natalia Benincasa, CCO for LATAM, Edelman (Buenos Aires)
  • Social Media: Malcolm Poynton, Global Chief Creative Officer, Cheil (London)

Rita El Hachem commented on the appointment, “First time I held our own Clio award in 2018 and felt its imposing weight and stature in my hands, I was overwhelmed with a mixture of elation and pride.

“Now that I have been invited to chair the Film Craft Production Design Jury, I feel honoured and humbled to judge the Clio Awards 2024 along with some of the brightest in our industry.

“I am excited to see the best of the work in the world and consider it with my fellow jurors.”

El Hachem is part of the jury chairs for Clios Film Craft categories, which will collectively award a Grand Clio for Film Craft.

The other Jury Chair’s for film include:

  • Film Craft- Animation & VFX: Dave Rolfe, Global Head of Production, WPP / Hogarth Worldwide (London)
  • Film Craft- Copywriting: Vicki Maguire, Chief Creative Officer, Havas London (London)
  • Film Craft- Direction & Cinematography: Angeliki Kornelatou, Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy Athens (Athens)
  • Film Craft- Music & Sound Design: James Feeler, CEO and Audio Producer, Jamute São Paulo