Darine El Hage is a regional program officer in USIP’s Center for Middle East and Africa based in Beirut, Lebanon. El Hage trains, mentors, and advises on organizational development, international human rights, refugee protection, humanitarian law, and NGO capacity-building related themes. Prior to joining USIP, El Hage was working for the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) on its New Tactics in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Initiative, a capacity-building program for local human rights organizations in Egypt and Tunisia in human rights advocacy. There, she developed a monitoring and evaluation report for CVT’s programming in MENA. From 2010 to 2012, El Hage was the executive director of Alef-Act for Human Rights, an NGO based in Lebanon focused on monitoring and advocacy of human rights violations and youth peacebuilding. She still serves as a board member of Alef-Act.
El Hage has worked with several human rights organization in the Middle East and North Africa and international organizations on issues such as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in Iraq. El Hage was also seconded to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Iraq by the Norwegian Refugee Council.
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.