YaLa Young Leaders is a movement of Middle East & North Africa (MENA) young leaders who are fostering dialogue & change. Founded in May 2011, by the Peres Center for Peace and YaLa Palestine, 90% of YaLa’s nearly 1 million members come from the MENA region; hailing from Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, among others.
YaLa Young Leaders work together to create and enact a new regional vision of freedom, equality, prosperity and peace. YaLa is more than a network of activists scattered across the region – it is a movement that empowers its members to break down divisions and redraw the map to form a shared community. YaLa connects regional change-makers, allowing them to build their capacities as tomorrow’s leaders while emphasizing core issues such as peace, education, human rights, gender equality and economic development.
YaLa’s flagship project is the YaLa Academy, which is an innovative online institution for the formation of future regional peace leadership through online training by leading experts and practitioners from around the world, coupled with online discussions, activities, events and projects.
Chief Israeli Negotiator of the Oslo Accords
Deputy Secretary General of the Palestinian Cabinet