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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mHoneyAlSayed.I'manaward-winningSyriannationalradiohostwhowasbehindtheshowGOODMORNING,SYRIA.TodayI'marefugeeandentrepreneur.Askmeanythingyou'dlike!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE2/3@11amET.

Honey Al Sayed
Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
almost 3 years Conversation

Your questions will be answered on Friday, February 3rd at 11am ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi, I'm Honey Al Sayed! I'm an independent Creative Consultant, producer, and coach promoting the creative and strategic use of media and the arts for socio-economic and political change, cultural dialogue, peacebuilding, and leadership development.

At the core of my work, I create spaces for community building and enabling and managing positive change. I'm also a bilingual (English, Arabic) communications professional. Organizations I've worked with include the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the United States Institute of Peace, the New America Foundation, Spark Media, Purpose, Internews USA, VIVA Creative, Mideast Tunes, and The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University SFS, and Radio SouriaLi.

In Syria, I was an award-winning national radio host. After the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, I relocated to the United States and co-founded SouriaLi – an independent nonprofit online radio station that fosters peacebuilding, reconciliation, and democracy for Syria, and where I worked as a producer, host, and media consultant.

I was also a Creative Consultant for Red Lines, an independent documentary, which garnered Best Documentary Feature, Peer Gold, Accolade, and Human Rights awards. As an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, I created a course titled Media, Arts, and Culture: Fueling War or Creating Peace?

I have often served as an invited speaker on issues such as women’s empowerment, and media and the arts as catalysts for socio-economic change and peacebuilding. I'm an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Leadership Ambassador at Take the Lead for women.

I graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a Master of Arts in International Affairs. 

Some fun facts about me are: that my background is in communication arts (radio, TV, film and theater), I come from an entrepreneurial and artistic family, I love swimming because it's the only time I can truly meditate and get in the zone, and I am attempting to learn French soon because of my work in Geneva with the GCSP!

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Friday, February 3rd at 11am ET.

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  • Honey Al Sayed
    Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for all your great questions and MOGUL for the invite! All the best. Goodbye.

    Thank you for all your great questions and MOGUL for the invite! All the best. Goodbye.

  • Michelle Daines 5
    Michelle Daines 5 American Made
    almost 3 years ago Montreal, QC, Canada and Delray Beach Florida, USA

    Congratulations on your good work. Can you recommend a charity to give a donation to for Syrian children?

    Congratulations on your good work. Can you recommend a charity to give a donation to for Syrian children?

  • EthanSingh
    almost 3 years ago

    What is the most interesting story you had to cover?

    What is the most interesting story you had to cover?

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      Hi, Ethan! Good question as there were many stories, and they have all touched me one way or another. Two years ago I interviewed a Syrian doctor who was saving living in the midst of conflict. With all the horrific stories and injustice he experienced and shared with me, he had hope. I was supposed to interview him for 20 min. tops. This is a Skype interview, seeing he was in Syria then, before escaping, and me being here in the US. I ended up recording a two hour interview. It was one story after the other.

      Hi, Ethan! Good question as there were many stories, and they have all touched me one way or another. Two years ago I interviewed a Syrian doctor who was saving living in the midst of conflict. With all the horrific stories and injustice he experienced and shared with me, he had hope. I was supposed to interview him for 20 min. tops. This is a Skype interview, seeing he was in Syria then, before escaping, and me being here in the US. I ended up recording a two hour interview. It was one story after the other.

  • Sarah Fein
    almost 3 years ago

    What do you love about living in the US? What do you hate about it?

    What do you love about living in the US? What do you hate about it?

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      The US has been in my heart since the 1st grade when I first attend the American School in Kuwait. I love the US for its people. I was touched by the generosity, the hospitality and the warmest of welcomes that I have received, and still receive. I am fortunate for that, and I want to do is give back, to the homes, businesses, and communities that have supported me. There is nothing I can hate, but I can disagree and feel disappointment when it comes to some of the policies.

      The US has been in my heart since the 1st grade when I first attend the American School in Kuwait. I love the US for its people. I was touched by the generosity, the hospitality and the warmest of welcomes that I have received, and still receive. I am fortunate for that, and I want to do is give back, to the homes, businesses, and communities that have supported me. There is nothing I can hate, but I can disagree and feel disappointment when it comes to some of the policies.

  • Maddy Bernstein
    almost 3 years ago

    You sound like such a cool person!

    You sound like such a cool person!

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      Thank you Maddy!

      Thank you Maddy!

  • Default
    Guest
    almost 3 years ago

    What is your dream for Syria and the Middle East? I hope to go there one day once it's more calm and at peace.

    What is your dream for Syria and the Middle East? I hope to go there one day once it's more calm and at peace.

  • Default
    Guest
    almost 3 years ago

    What is the biggest misconception about Syria?

    What is the biggest misconception about Syria?

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      That we are mere numbers. We are human, just like everyone else. We had homes, businesses, and went to schools. We were farmers, doctors, engineers, and teachers. Syrians are struggling to find normalcy again, and reconcile what they have lost.

      That we are mere numbers. We are human, just like everyone else. We had homes, businesses, and went to schools. We were farmers, doctors, engineers, and teachers. Syrians are struggling to find normalcy again, and reconcile what they have lost.

  • WallFlower
    almost 3 years ago

    How does one break into being a radio host?

    How does one break into being a radio host?

  • Default
    Guest
    almost 3 years ago

    What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur? Do you ever miss living in Syria?

    What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur? Do you ever miss living in Syria?

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      Hi Erin! I miss every country that I have lived in. Syria is the place I miss the most.

      Hi Erin! I miss every country that I have lived in. Syria is the place I miss the most.

  • lifeisbeautiful
    almost 3 years ago

    In your opinion, what must happen to stabilize the region?

    In your opinion, what must happen to stabilize the region?

  • lifeisbeautiful
    almost 3 years ago

    How do we help the Syrian refugees? Where do we donate?

    How do we help the Syrian refugees? Where do we donate?

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      Thank you for the question and for your concern. Please welcome them and help bring awareness to their plight. No mother would put her baby on a raft to cross the ocean, seeking the ocean to be safer than her own home. There are plenty of places to donate, and I am so grateful that you ask. For example, UNHCR, Amnesty International, IOM, UNICEF, IRC, Doctors without Borders, Syrian American Medical Society, among many others. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1523

      Thank you for the question and for your concern. Please welcome them and help bring awareness to their plight. No mother would put her baby on a raft to cross the ocean, seeking the ocean to be safer than her own home. There are plenty of places to donate, and I am so grateful that you ask. For example, UNHCR, Amnesty International, IOM, UNICEF, IRC, Doctors without Borders, Syrian American Medical Society, among many others. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1523

  • mka
    mka
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Honey, thank you for joining Mogul! I'm so excited to see you as a guest on their Ask A Mogul Anything series ^_^ My question is, amidst all of the negative media and current events, what was your most enjoyable moment of 2016? Also, do you miss film and theater and ever think to pursue it later on?

    Hi Honey, thank you for joining Mogul! I'm so excited to see you as a guest on their Ask A Mogul Anything series ^_^ My question is, amidst all of the negative media and current events, what was your most enjoyable moment of 2016? Also, do you miss film and theater and ever think to pursue it later on?

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      Hi there! My most memorable and enjoyable moments were when I got to reunite with family after five years. I am currently working with both film and theater for two upcoming projects focused on te plight of Syrians and Immigrants

      Hi there! My most memorable and enjoyable moments were when I got to reunite with family after five years. I am currently working with both film and theater for two upcoming projects focused on te plight of Syrians and Immigrants

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What is your advice for those going through a difficult chapter? How have you gotten through difficult chapters?

    What is your advice for those going through a difficult chapter? How have you gotten through difficult chapters?

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      Hi again Bethany and many thanks! Resilience, resilience, resilience. A colleague and friend once shared an important quote with me. “Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity" by Roman philosopher Seneca.

      Hi again Bethany and many thanks! Resilience, resilience, resilience. A colleague and friend once shared an important quote with me. “Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity" by Roman philosopher Seneca.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    You are an inspiration, Honey! Thank you for your work. What are your top pieces of advice for those who would like to follow in your footsteps as an entrepreneur?

    You are an inspiration, Honey! Thank you for your work. What are your top pieces of advice for those who would like to follow in your footsteps as an entrepreneur?

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      I have had the privilege to be born and raised in the Middle East while attending American Schools and Universities since the 1st grade. And so I have learned from the best of both cultures. From the Middle East I have learned courage, and from the West, I have learned strength and the words, "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!" Believe in who you are and never give up. These are not just words.

      I have had the privilege to be born and raised in the Middle East while attending American Schools and Universities since the 1st grade. And so I have learned from the best of both cultures. From the Middle East I have learned courage, and from the West, I have learned strength and the words, "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!" Believe in who you are and never give up. These are not just words.

  • Gabriela Motroc
    Gabriela Motroc Mogul Influencer | Content specialist @EclipseFdn
    almost 3 years ago Frankfurt, Germany

    First of all, congrats for everything you've done, your resume is truly impressive! I have two questions: what are your plans for the future (professionally) and what's it like to start over in Switzerland (as opposed to the US)?

    First of all, congrats for everything you've done, your resume is truly impressive! I have two questions: what are your plans for the future (professionally) and what's it like to start over in Switzerland (as opposed to the US)?

    • Honey Al Sayed
      Honey Al Sayed Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur
      almost 3 years ago

      Hi Gabriela and thank you! I am still residing in the U.S. with travels to Switzerland for work with the Geneva Center for Security Policy. I love working with them, they are the Google of security policy. I also enjoy teaching at Georgetown University, it is extremely rewarding. I am also working with Spark Media on a multimedia performance (Film & Theater), and on another such performance with the Creative Lab at the SFS of GU.

      Hi Gabriela and thank you! I am still residing in the U.S. with travels to Switzerland for work with the Geneva Center for Security Policy. I love working with them, they are the Google of security policy. I also enjoy teaching at Georgetown University, it is extremely rewarding. I am also working with Spark Media on a multimedia performance (Film & Theater), and on another such performance with the Creative Lab at the SFS of GU.

      • Gabriela Motroc
        Gabriela Motroc Mogul Influencer | Content specialist @EclipseFdn
        almost 3 years ago Frankfurt, Germany

        That sounds great, I really think you are doing a wonderful job. Thank you for your answer

        That sounds great, I really think you are doing a wonderful job. Thank you for your answer


Honey Al Sayed
Award-winning Syrian Journalist and Entrepreneur

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, [...]

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