Our esteemed communications specialists have been carefully selected as Jury members for the African Excellence Awards to ensure a fair and balanced evaluation of all applications. The Jury members’ range of expertise covers a wide scope, from the perspective of both in-house and agency communication departments. During an online voting session the Jury decides which entries are shortlisted, and who the recipients of the Excellence Awards are. The Jury evaluates the innovation, implementation, strategy and impact of the projects submitted, to reward the best in PR communications.
Sconaid joined H+K in 2008, initially as COO of H+K Middle East and Turkey, before taking responsibility as CEO for the wider region including Middle East, India, Turkey and Africa. In 2016, Sconaid took on wider EMEA responsibilities as well as continuing the growth of H+K’s African operations. Sconaid has extensive experience of managing integrated corporate communications including devising cross border corporate reputation programmes, tailored to the local sensitivities of specific markets. In addition to her corporate leadership responsibilities, she has also served as a senior client leader on multiple accounts, including dnata, Emirates, Mubadala Aerospace, MasterCard, Intel, Dubai World Trade Centre, Etihad Rail, GAFI (Egypt’s investment authority), Egypt Economic Development Conference, Coca-Cola and P&G.
Sconaid is a Business Studies graduate, majoring in marketing and market research. Sconaid was Chair of the Middle East PR Association (MEPRA) in 2012 & 2013 and a Regional Director for Injaz Al-Arab.
An Edelman veteran with a decade of service, Rittenberry has held numerous leadership positions at the firm. Most recently, he lead Edelman’s Technology & Business Marketing practice in Chicago, where he played a lead role on a number of the agency’s key accounts, crossing both corporate and consumer-facing programs. He has also served as the client relationship manager for multiple global engagements and has supported organizations such as Bosch, Expedia, Groupon, eBay, Hilton, Motorola and Lockheed Martin.
Rittenberry is on the steering committee of the firm's Data Security & Privacy practice, helping clients navigate the increasingly complex environment surrounding the collection, use and protection of corporate and personal data. He also developed Edelman’s Emerging Technologies practice in Chicago, which fostered deep, long-lasting relationships throughout the start-up community.
His award-winning work at Edelman has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America, International Association of Business Communicators and Business Marketing Association.
Rittenberry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations/advertising and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Houston.