has a Ph.D. in Paleoecology from the University of Aix-Marseille III (France). She has been a lecturer at Cairo University (1995–2000) and deputy director at the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), affiliated to the Library of Alexandria (2000–2012). She joined the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) in 2013 as a part-time researcher on the right to food and food sovereignty in Egypt, and participated in the formulation of the International participated in the formulation of the Nyéléni Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology at Nyeleni, Mail. She is also a founding member and former president of Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE) a non-profit organization active in the field of conservation of endangered species and habitats. Hala contributed to the report Right to food and food sovereignty in the Arab world (Beirut: ANND, 2019), and is currently writing a book entitled Food in Ancient Egypt to be published by American University in Cairo Press.