Egyptian Delegation Leader, 2009
Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellow, 2020


Using art therapy to transform conflict.

How have you impacted your community?

I’m the founder of “Barah” an Arabic word meaning “vastness.” That is the goal of my work: to help people reach their own inner vastness where they are able to meet their true authentic self.

My project focuses on creating the safe space for self-exploration, self-awareness, and inner conflict transformation through using art modalities together with profound counselling and facilitation.

The focus of my work is mainly women, particularly refugees. Through arts I work with them to face their challenges and explore their preconceived self-image, cultural norms, and worldviews. This increases their consciousness of their inner world, and facilitate inner transformation.

I found passion in arts and mental health five years ago, a powerful discovery that led me to make a major career shift from working as a communications director in a multinational NGO to becoming an art therapy practitioner.

During my GATHER Fellowship, I plan to grow Barah into a sustainable social enterprise and increase its impact.

I am Egyptian and hold a master’s degree in Medical Chemistry. Since deciding to follow my passion, I’m on a never-ending learning journey in the world of arts and mental health.

“Inner conflict transformation is the core of my work and is the foundation of transforming wider conflict.”