For the past 15 years Megan Hallahan has run youth and peace initiatives and organizations across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. From 2012 to 2017, Megan was Director of the YaLa Academy, the flagship program of the YaLa Young Leaders movement. In this position, Megan held a variety of management roles, including leading the co-creation and co-management of the Academy together with a team of Palestinians and Israelis, who trained and mentored thousands of young people from Middle East and North Africa on conflict management, leadership, human rights, peacebuilding, good governance and citizen journalism. Previously, Megan served as Secretary General of the Ara Pacis Initiative (an international coalition of grassroots peacebuilders) and held a variety of positions at The Glocal Forum (an organization that facilitated youth-centered, decentralized cooperation projects in Africa and worldwide). Megan holds a B.A. in Political Science (emphasis in International Relations) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.