Bio

Published author, journalist, short film maker and public speaker.

Syrian based in London now.

Khaled wrote the novel Selamlik, it is the first Syrian novel telling the story of  revolution and  war through a homoerotic perspective, as the protagonist is a gay Muslim man from the Eastern Northern region in Syria.
The Swedish publishing house Leopardförlag  translated Selamlik from Arabic into Swedish and published in 2018.

Khaled Alesmael is a multi-awarded Syrian -Swedish journalist and  short film maker; the latest one is the best scenarist and director from Gothenburg Film Festival 2019 for his short film Coffee with Sukkar . The film captures arriving of a dog to Sweden as a refugee.

Back to the beginnings, Khaled worked as a journalist in the Middle-East and Northern Africa for more than fifteen years.  He was a co-founder and the programs’ manager of Syria-Tomorrow,  one of the first generation private media in Syria 2005. In 2010 he worked as a correspondent for Radio France International/Monte Carlo from Damascus. In 2011, Khaled joined the United Nation Development Program/ The Disaster Risk Reduction Project as a media officer in Damascus.
In 2012, Khaled worked for ONTV in Cairo as an editor. He collaborated with ARK Group in Istanbul as a trainer for citizen journalists in 2013 ; as well as he produced radio documentaries about the war and refugees in Turkey. In 2015, he worked for SVT  Swedish Television/Uppdrag Granskning.
As his passion is always the radio, Khaled’s works appeared in the Swedish Radio too; he made a remarkable reportage portraying Raqqa city before Daesh in 2016.

In 2017, Khaled joined the team of Positiva Gruppen Väst as a method developer in Gothenburg city. He worked on a storytelling project about HIV and migrants in Sweden. Khaled believes that working for positive people is a turning point in his life and career.

Khaled gives public talks in the universities and summer journalists schools around the world about Journalism in Syria and Middles East, he mainly talks about the journalism and freedom of expression in the conflict areas,  migration-refugees and the LGBTQ+.

In the written press, Khaled wrote many texts and poems mainly homosexuality and migration for several magazines and newspapers in Europe. His article Underground Revolution was translated and published from English into Swedish, German, and Danish.

He writes in English and Arabic.

Moments in Khaled’s career:

Releasing his debut novel Selamlik  during the European Pride events in Sweden 2018.

He was selected to represent Sweden in The Nordic Alumni from the International Journalist Program in Germany in 2017.

A cover boy on the printed  Swedish magazine JOURNALISTEN in March issue 2016.

A special certificate from the French Ambassador in Damascus for his radio program La Radio Franco Syrien in 2010.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the US awarded him The Journalist Visitor’s Program/ Environment  in 2009.

The Danish Institute in Damascus awarded Khaled as the best environmental radio journalist and invited him to cover COP 15 in 2009.

Education: Bachelor in English literature 2006 Damascus University. He has also participated many training workshops with international institutions (BBC, Thomson Reuters Foundation, DW, UNU-ILI, InWent, UN, EU).

Languages: Arabic, English, good in Swedish and a beginner in French.