Also known as Salwa Saif. A Palestinian-American travel writer, digital media artist and an entrepreneur living in New York City. Born in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh on July 20, 1994.
At the age of 9, she was introduced to her favorite musical instrument, the Violin. Salwa’s school’s principal offered to pay for her music classes after noticing her natural talent to the instrument. A few Months later, She was offered a full scholarship to Edward Saed Music Institute where she played with the Palestinian National Orchestra.
At 13 years, Salwa was certified by the Arab Islamic Bank for her Full year of entrepreneurship training along with her high GPA. Later she was nominated for Poem of the Year 2007 – 2008 award for her Poem “The Moon”. She had also published “The Lost” in “Great Poems of the Western World”. She was later certified by The American Library of Poetry Twice in 2013.
At 16, She had joined the United Nations through an NGO called Temple of Understanding. Salwa had created different research groups to look up further in domestic violence, smoking, and bullying and in ways to prevent them in society.
She is a certified Professional Peer Mediator from her Conflict Resolution training that had provided her with the opportunity to express ideas about education and poverty globally at a United Nations conference, later she was involved with the United Federation of Teachers to spread awareness about bullying in schools. She became a mentor to two students with learning disabilities within her school.
Summer of 2012, Salwa interned at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC. Where she was researching the topic of Palestine and the UN status.
Reaching exposure to many opportunities worldwide with different NGO’s, with a very important role in the Arms Trade Treaty, after the internship she became a Young Professional with UN women.
During her undergraduates, Salwa had joined many extracurricular activities, along with being the Vice President of the International Students Club and the Secretary of the Intramural Advisory Council, she was certified for both leadership roles by The College of Staten Island.
Worked with the United Nations, Temple of Understanding, UFT, Building Bridges and more. Guest speaker at different U.N. conferences and a task force member of the Season for Nonviolence Conference 2012.
Salwa was an active member of Amnesty International, PCRF- Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund, MGB- Muslims Giving Back, Adalah-NY and Jewish Voice for Peace. With more than 138 certificates and achievement awards.
Salwa is an entrepreneur and a world traveler; during the summer of 2015, Salwa went on a world tour starting from her hometown in Staten Island, NY to San Francisco, Japan, China, Moscow, Turkey, and Mexico. Including a trip to Palestine and Jordan.
Salwa returned to New York for her senior year towards her Bachelors of Science in Digital Media & Design and Film producing where she graduated May 2016.
She earned an 180 Hours of intensive TEFL, TESOL, TOEFL IELTS TOEIC, and a 60 Hours TEYL, Teaching Business English, Teaching Hotel and Resort English certificate; where she’s anticipating to teach English abroad.
Salwa speaks four languages; including English, Arabic, French, and Spanish. She’s a Certified photographer, American Red Cross Disaster Assistant, and a CUNY Corps member for the year 2016.
Certified by The National Financial Educators Council – Financial Literacy Program 2012, and by Brooklyn Public Library for the Investing 101 for the Teen Virtual Investment Club 2013 program- Focused on Stock Market Success.
Salwa completed more than 20,185 in community service & volunteering hours. Alumni of HBX / Harvard Business School, Pre-MBA; Business Administration and Management 2016. She is also the CEO for two brand companies Ice Caffeine and Royalist Sphere, the Co-owner of Top Tier Law Firms and a Huffington Post Travel Blogger.