Daizy is a multi-award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and entrepreneur.
Her family migrated from Lebanon in 1970 when she was five years old. She started her career as a journalist in 1983 and over the next two decades worked with international news organisations including Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in Australia, The Times Group, Channel 4 and MBC in London. She was a pioneer for women in sports reporting becoming the first female soccer writer in Australia and covered the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. She later moved into foreign affairs and ran the Foreign Desk for Murdoch’s The Australian newspaper. She was one of a small, exclusive group of journalists who were invited to report on the signing of the Middle East Peace Treaty between the USA, Jordan and Israel in 1994 with President Bill Clinton, King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Throughout her career she has interviewed many Australian, international and Middle Eastern political leaders and identities, including Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and General Michel Aoun in the 1980s & 1990s. More recently, for her new documentary, she has interviewed former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Samir Geagea, Former Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Hezbollah Minister Mohammed Fneich, Kataeb Leader Samy Gemayel, Governor of the Central Bank Riad Salameh, among many others.
In 1998 her first documentary, the multi-award-winning Lebanon…Imprisoned Splendour, featuring movie star, the late Omar Sharif, qualified for the Academy Awards. This film challenged the western perception of Lebanon and explored the full, rich, and hidden beauty that has characterized this ancient land for more than two millennia.
Her latest film, the Cannes Film Festival awarded – ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour has now won more than 14 awards around the world and has been officially selected into more than 25 festivals. Daizy is also CEO and Creative Director of marketing agency GDR MEDIA Group in Sydney and a mother of three children.