Dubai, UAE – 24 March 2021:

PRCA MENA is one step closer to finding the best young PR professionals in the region as the Young PR Lions MENA finalists are announced.

Six teams have been shortlisted to win the accolade this year and one of them will be heading to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to take part in the international competition in June, 2021. Each team is made up of two PR professionals aged 30 or under.

The shortlisted agency teams are:

Weber Shandwick MENAT – Yara Jouzy and Sarah Skaf

Memac Ogilvy – Kassandra Panagiotopoulos and Zarmeena Qazi

Memac Ogilvy – Divya Ariga and Miriam Awada

M&C Saatchi MENA – Melinda Mesiano and Hanine El Massri

Hill+Knowlton Strategies METIA – Abdulrahman Suwailam and Olea Cebotarean

Hill+Knowlton Strategies METIA – Karim Khafaji and Aliasgar Gulshan

The six agencies have been narrowed down from the teams who entered the MENA Regional competition, after responding to a brief set by not-for-profit Young Arab Leaders, which performed as the ‘client’. Participating agencies had 24 hours to create a campaign.

The shortlisted teams will be asked to deliver a five-minute presentation explaining their PR campaign on the 31st March 2021 in Dubai or online. Following this, there will be a five-minute Q&A session.

PRCA MENA General Manager Hayley Clements MPRCA said:

“The young talent that is emerging across the Middle East and North Africa makes this an incredibly exciting time to be involved in our industry. The quality of this year’s Young Lions competition shows we have a tremendous list of creative, talented, and ambitious young individuals. Congratulations to the finalists!”

The judging panel for this years’ competition is:

Saad Alrubaiaan, Managing Partner at Cylka & Young, Arab Leader Board Member

Khaled AlShehhi, Executive Director of Digital Communications at UAE Government Media Office

Alex Malouf, Corporate Communications Director MEA at Schneider Electric

Cheryl King, Managing Director at markettiers MENA

Mandip Dulay, Founder of COO Network


Following this, the winning MENA team will be announced on 7th April and will receive complimentary delegate passes to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The team will then compete against representatives from more than 30 countries, delivering a presentation for a non-profit organisation in 24 hours that will be judged by a selected jury.

The International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) is the sponsor of the Young PR Lions competition to find the most talented young PR team in the world; and PRCA MENA is responsible for running the element of the competition from the region to find the country’s brightest and best young PR talent.





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