Born in Baku, Azerbaijan and educated as a linguist, Rena Effendi’s early work focused on the oil industry’s effects on people’s lives in her region. As a result, she followed a 1,700 km oil pipeline through Georgia and Turkey, collecting stories along the way. This work of six years was published in 2009 in her first book “Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline”. Effendi has worked on editorial commissions for the National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times magazine, Vogue, Marie Claire, The New Yorker, GEO, Daily Telegraph, Newsweek, TIME, The Sunday Times, New York Magazine and many others.
Hussam Abdulqader heads Almarai’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations and is a Group Executive member. His responsibility spans over the management and communication of Almarai’s corporate brand and the reputation management of the largest vertically integrated dairy company in the world and the leading company of food and beverage in the GCC. Hussam is an experienced FMCG professional, having worked on both the agency and client side over the past 17 years. As an avid supporter of regional talent. Hussam Abdulqader has been a key judge over the last 4 years and supported many participants of the competition till date.
Chitra Shergill is a bio-medical Engineer by profession and an avid marathon runner. She pursues her passion for Travel Photography with Photowalk Dubai Travel Tours. Her work has been featured on the cover page of Australian Times Magazine many times and she is the regular contributor to the Australia Times Travel Magazine.She heads the Nikon Kids Photo Club in UAE in partnership with Nikon Middle East, a Photography Club teaching children from age group 6-16 years old the basics of Photography and currently, they are conducting Filmmaking and Photography Bootcamps in across many Schools in UAE.