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 & Liberal Studies from the Lebanese American University 1997.
Ms. Al-Sayed is an accomplished bilingual communications professional and journalist with a wide range of expertise in all aspects of media, art and culture consultancy, as well as media training and public speaking.
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, 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 6 million listeners, and international recognition as a keynote speaker.
Since then Ms. Al Sayed has been engaged in various speaking events, on media, arts, and women empowerment.
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.
Today Ms. Al Sayed is co-founder of SouriaLi Radio, where she serves as a media consultant, and radio host and producer. SouriaLiis 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 advancing the interplay of media and the arts for social, economic and political change.
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.
Ms. Al Sayed believes - for positive change to occur in the Middle East and a peaceful future for all - civil reform and social reform must take place and we need to make an effort to understand and accept each other. We must build strong cultural bridges between the Middle East and the West. 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 educational and peacebuilding tools; 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 their interplay, for social change, cultural dialogue and peacebuilding.