Our team brings together a unique blend of expertise in media production, arts and culture, international conflict management, and peacebuilding.
Honey Al Sayed
Honey Al Sayed is the founder of Honey& coaching, consulting, and learning facilitation business. She also founded MAP – Media and Arts for Peace – a global education and talent initiative. She is an award-winning media expert, creative social entrepreneur, and certified executive coach, with more than 20 years of experience in the Middle East, the United States, and Europe. An accomplished bilingual (English, Arabic) communications professional, Honey brings a wealth of expertise in all aspects of media, arts, culture, as well as public speaking and coaching.
After breaking new ground in Syria's media scene with the #1 rated morning show "Good Morning Syria" for 6 years with 7 million listeners, Honey was forced to leave to the United States in 2012, where she co-founded SouriaLi, an independent, non-profit, online radio where she worked as a producer, host, and media consultant. Displaced by war more than once in her lifetime, Honey has shared her personal and professional experience through courses and learning facilitation at academic and research institutions such as: at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C., the University of Denver, Eastern Mennonite University, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) where she developed an online course on the role of the media and arts for peacebuilding.
Honey is regularly invited as a keynote speaker and commentator on women's empowerment and the role of media and arts for peace and social change. She has appeared at the United Nations, GCSP, U.S. National Press Corps, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Institute of Peace, among many others.
Honey is an Associate Fellow at the GCSP, and she holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Media from the Lebanese American University.
She offers a visionary's perspective, which, combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, resilience, agility, and transformational leadership provides distinct benefits to both the private and public sectors, as well as academic institutions and creative enterprises.
Iyad Kallas is an independent France-based project manager, researcher, consultant, social entrepreneur and trainer. He specializes in civil society influence, migration and refugees, inclusion programs, as well as media and communication projects. He co-founded and co-manages "Vision" (community development NGO) and SouriaLi (independent advocacy grassroots media) where he currently coordinates pro-impact activities with an international network of experts in the exile, advocating culturally-sensitive empowerment projects for the grassroots and start-ups, socially-responsible communication for development, and fostering international sociopolitical awareness of regional and geopolitical marginalized issues through social actions, media, art and cultural presence.
On migration and refugees, he co-founded Network for Refugee Voices to internationally advocate and empower refugee participation in co-designing inclusion projects. In France, he is a steering committee member in Jamira and Chaam associations for promoting inclusive diversity and social cohesion through cultural and artistic activities.
As a trainer and speaker, he has facilitated trainings and interventions with international organization such as UNICEF, UNESCO, UNHCR, and IGF, and has conducted custom-tailored civil society and communication workshops in different countries and with different audiences. Academically, he holds two university degrees in Economics and Information Technology, and two Master’s degrees in Management Information Systems and Business Intelligence, in addition to being an alumnus various international programs.
Micaela A. Nerguizian is a consultant in the field of cultural diplomacy, dedicated to promoting the arts as a tool for social change. She has over fifteen years of experience in performing arts programming and production, working with various nonprofits, government agencies, and academic institutions. Fluent in three languages, she brings a multicultural perspective to her work and is committed to advancing cross-cultural understanding through artistic collaborations and exchange programs. Micaela holds a M.A. in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a double B.A. from UC Santa Barbara in Global Studies and Italian Studies.