Maral Noori is a senior program specialist for North Africa programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), where she covers Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. As a member of the North Africa team, she travels to these countries to work directly with local governments and communities in building their capacities to prevent and mitigate local conflicts through institutional reforms, skills trainings and dialogues. Prior to her current position, Noori managed USIP's Track 1.5 dialogues program for the Asia-Pacific region, which convened current and former officials with partner organizations in China, Japan and South Korea to discuss political, security and economic issues affecting the region. Noori has also supported USIP’s analytical work on Iran, Afghanistan and conflict prevention, and assisted in the design and delivery of curriculum for USIP training courses on the Middle East and South Asia. She regularly works with partners across the U.S. government, U.S. military, the NGO community and internationally. Noori joined USIP in 2011. Noori holds a M.S. in Peace Operations from George Mason University and a B.A. in International Relations from the College of William and Mary. She is fluent in Farsi.