Honey Al Sayed is a Syrian citizen who has lived in Damascus, Syria from the year 2000 to 2012. She was born and raised in Kuwait, attended high school in Egypt and university in Lebanon.
She was raised in an entrepreneurial family that led businesses in high-end fashion retail, advertising, art gallery and professional photography; all that run to this day.
Graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University - Global Master of Arts Program in International Relations and Affairs (GMAP 2015), where she earned a full scholarship.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Media and Liberal Studies from the Lebanese American University 1997.
Ms. Al-Sayed is an accomplished bilingual (English, Arabic) communications, marketing, public relations professional and award-winning journalist with a wide range of expertise in all aspects of media, art and culture, as well as public speaking and media training.
She has worked as a radio host and producer at Al Madina FM (1st private Syrian radio) from 2005 to 2011.
For Ms. Al Sayed, Syria was the birthplace of a seven-year-long bilingual and award-winning radio program, "Good Morning Syria" which gave the people of Syria a forum in which to express their hopes, desires and concerns for the future of Syria as a great country.
Good Morning Syria connected to the listeners via arts, culture, education, holistic non-denominational spirituality, leadership and self- improvement. In her belief, this approach holds out more potential for positive cultural change than the extremist politics that have polarized her region. She calls her contribution "Positive Media". This style of communication has earned her success, a wide listener base of more than 7 million listeners, and international recognition as a keynote speaker.
One of her first international speaking events was in 2008 when she was chosen to represent Syria in the Creative Use of Media in the Middle East Conference by Rand Corporation in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, California.
Since then Ms. Al Sayed has been engaged in various speaking events, on media, arts, and women empowerment. She is regularly invited by prominent think tanks, organizations, and universities as a keynote speaker/moderator/panelist, discussing women’s empowerment, and the role of media and the arts for social change and peacebuilding.
Also in 2009, she was the youngest female to win an Achievement Award with a unanimous vote from her university, the Lebanese American University, as an influential media figure and role model in promoting a better future in Syria.
In August of 2010 she became Council Secretary for the Syrian American Business Council which no longer exists due to war.
In 2012 Ms. Al Sayed helped co-found SouriaLi radio, where she previously served as a media consultant, and radio host and producer. SouriaLi is a grassroots non-profit online radio station dedicated to working with Syrian people in fostering an advanced level of awareness in civil society, active citizenship, women-empowerment, youth-motivation, community building and peace building.
Independently, she works as a creative consultant/producer advancing the interplay of media and the arts for socio-economic and political change, cultural dialogue, and peacebuilding.
She was part of the Spark Media team that won Best Documentary Feature, a Peer Gold and Accolade awards and Human Rights award for Red Lines, a new, independent documentary on the Syrian revolution. Currently, Ms. Al Sayed is an Inaugural Fellow at Spark Media.
She is on the Advisory Board of ARCH-The Alliance for the Restoration of Cultural Heritage representing Syria, and a network member at The Institute of Inclusive Security as part of the Women Peace Experts. She is also a member of the bulbula.co.uk media resource on who's who women experts in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of Nissa Network (Middle East & North Africa) under the umbrella of The Womanity Foundation based in Geneva.
Ms. Al Sayed believes - for positive change to occur in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and a peaceful future for all - civil, socio-economic and political reform must take place. We must build strong cultural bridges between the MENA region and the international community. We need to make an effort to understand and accept each other. The only way to do so is through getting acquainted thereby banishing the misconceptions and typecasting. We can do this through the creative use of the media and the arts, ("Positive Media"), as platforms for cultural dialogue, education and peacebuilding; all which have comprised Ms. Al Sayed previous and current experience.
Honey Al Sayed defines Positive Media as the creative and strategic use of the arts, amplified by the media (and technology) and their interplay, for positive socio-economic, political change, cultural dialogue and peacebuilding.