Houda Sayed | Entrepreneur

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Houda Sayed


Place of birth: Aleppo, Syria

Favourite dish: Mulukhiyah

Favourite movie/book/song: Men of Honor (movie), Wuthering Heights (book), Bohemian Raphsody (song)

Favourite quote: “إنما الأعمال بالنيات” or “Actions are judged by motives”

3 things you don’t leave the house without: Mobile, keys, and–since I moved to the Netherlands–a jacket (whether summer or winter)

Hidden talent: Dabke (Syrian folk dance)

Why did you join Refugees Forward?

Initially, it was the name of the organization that attracted me. As a Syrian who strongly believes in Syrian refugees’ capabilities, I tried to search for opportunities that allow me to help them employee their talents and skills into positive participation in the Dutch market. However, looking at the big picture, I approached Refugees Forward to transform this idea from a humble deed of support into a business that will, hopefully, be beneficial for a wide spectrum or skilled refugees.

Could you tell us a bit about your background and what project you are going to be working on?

I am a Brand and Communications specialist who has been in the filed for the past 8 years. I moved to Saudi Arabia in 2003 and worked there as an English Teacher for 7 years, since that was the only opportunity available for female expats in the Kingdom. When doors were finally opened for females in other sectors in 2010, I shifted my career direction towards branding and advertising. To polish and update my experience with academic knowledge, I moved to the Netherlands two years ago to acquire a Master’s Degree in Business Communication and Digital Media. Since I graduated 6 months ago, I’ve been searching for a relevant opportunity in the Dutch market but a lot of barriers seem to stand against achieving my goal. However, each problem inspires a solution. It was in my hand since day 1 but never crossed my mind as a cure. It is personal branding what sets you apart from other competitive talents. It is the way you position yourself in the job market. Nevertheless, to do so, you need to understand the underlying system, the culture, and the mindset; in order for you to integrate socially and professionally.

What would you like to learn over the course of the program? 

Besides acquiring the knowledge related to business strategies and pricing, I am definitely interested in learning more about the Dutch culture.

Where do you see yourself in 2 years?

Stable and successful.