BA in psychology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2003). Hala has worked two years as a program coordinator for international and local youth exchange programs and dialogue seminars at the Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (CCRP) in Beirut. Working with youth across Lebanon and more recently in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hala has organized and conducted training workshops on conflict resolution, conflict transformation, leadership, and nonviolent communication. She also has engaged in local dialogue programs that dealt with issues of identity, sectarianism and the concept of the "other." In August 2003, she participated in an exchange program on "Arab and American Identities in Tension" in Cyprus, and in 2004 she attended the Caux Scholars Program, an academic program in conflict transformation in Switzerland.