Honey Thahijey
Honey 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 to be employed by FIFA.  Honey Thaljieh broke through all the social and political barriers and became 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 generation. 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. Today Honey continues to be a poignant voice for empowerment and equality through sports. As Manager of Corporate Communications for FIFA, Honey works to communicate the efforts FIFA does in the areas of education and health, diversity and gender equality, life skills and peace initiatives through Football. Honey established the first FIFA Annual Conference for Equality and Inclusion, which is now in its fourth iteration to take place in March 2018.  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. She has spoken at many prestigious international organisations, including United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, and TEDx Zurich.