Rana is a Syrian social activist for non-violent communication and human rights. Throughout her 12 year career in community development, peace building, civil society empowerment, and woman and youth empowerment in Syria, and later on, in Lebanon, Rana acted as a consultant for young entrepreneurs, designed and managed several projects and programmes addressing the Syrian conflict, tailored and conducted trainings for civil society empowerment and social cohesion, helping bridge the gap between the Syrians and increase their ability to lead change and deal with the arising trauma and humanitarian crisis. She is a trainer and facilitator of various thematic programs on peace building, conflict resolution, psychosocial support, trauma awareness, facilitation, negotiation and mediation, project planning and social entrepreneurship, and others.
Rana is a Master Trainer for two global programmes developed by the British Council – “Active Citizens” and “Leadership in Community Development” – and has delivered trainings in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey.
Rana holds a Bachelor in Business Administration, an executive Masters Degree in Psychosocial Support and Dialogue from the Lebanese University, and a Diploma in Social Training and Interactive Methods, from the Academic University for Nonviolence and Human Rights in the Arab World “AUNOHR University” in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed several academic programmes for peace builders around the world. This list includes a programme with the Center for Justice and Peace summer in the Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, United States, where she attended courses on Conflict Analysis, Narrative Discourse, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, and other similar programmes in South Africa. Rana also worked with international trainers from different counties like: Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco, South Africa, Italy, Denmark, United States and the United Kingdom.