Corporate Communications Manager – FIFA
Honey Thaljieh is Manager of Corporate Communications at FIFA, where she founded and leads the FIFA Annual Conference for Equality and Inclusion. As Corporate Communications Manager, Honey also works to communicate FIFA’s efforts and lead projects to promote diversity, gender equality, integration, empowerment, and peace initiatives through football.
Thaljieh is the co-founder of women’s football in Palestine, the first captain of the Palestinian national football team, and the first woman in the Middle East to obtain a FIFA Master and be employed by FIFA. She managed to break through social and political barriers and become a role model to women and girls throughout the Arab world and beyond. Following a series of career-ending knee injuries, Honey directed her efforts to empower the next generations. Through her extensive network of partnerships, she has created, developed and maintained sports initiatives for thousands of boys and girls throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, providing them with alternative avenues and opportunities.
Honey is a regular speaker at global conferences and prestigious international organisations and universities and gave two talks at the world-famous TEDx in Zurich and Lausanne. She is an international activist, inspirational speaker, and community leader. Honey is a strong advocate for the role of sports in changing lives, creating hope and opportunities, and empowering women, and a tireless champion for the importance of equality and inclusion in football and the sports industry.
Honey is also recognised as a Champion for Peace by the organisation Peace and Sport and serves as ambassador for several pro-social sports organisations including Save the Dream, Homeless World Cup, and Football for Peace.
To see her first TEDx Zurich talk check the link below.