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Asia & the Pacific

Darine El-Hage

Senior Program Manager

Darine El Hage was a freelance consultant in 2020-2021 working on assignments for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Food Program (WFP), Oxfam, Peace Track Initiative and other organizations covering Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen. She conducted consultancies as a program evaluator, researcher, trainer, and advisor on humanitarian and developmental issues. In 2014-2019, she worked as the Regional Program Manager with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) overseeing the institute’s peacebuilding programs in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.  Prior to joining USIP, El Hage was working for the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) on its New Tactics methodology in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), as an advocacy and capacity-building officer supporting local human rights organizations in Egypt and Tunisia. There, she also monitored and evaluated CVT’s grantees in the MENA. From 2010 to 2012, El Hage was the executive director of Alef-Act for Human Rights, an NGO based in Lebanon focusing on monitoring and advocacy of human rights violations and youth peacebuilding. She still serves as a board member of Alef-Act. El Hage was also seconded to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iraq by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to work on UNHCR’s persons of concerns’ protection portfolio in 2008-2009. El Hage trains, mentors, and advises on organizational development, international human rights, refugee and IDP’s protection, humanitarian law, peacebuilding, and NGO capacity-building related themes. Her academic qualifications include a B.A. in law, Master’s in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations, and a LLM in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics and Politics.