Alaa is a project coordinator at Maslaha’s Muslim Girls Fence project, delivering workshops in schools and communities. She is a graduate of the interdisciplinary design course at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she specialised in service design. In her final project ‘After The Welcome’ she investigated the issues faced by newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers in Austria, challenging the notion of integration and developing, practical alternatives using cultural production as a tool.
She has worked with various creative and educational organisations as a facilitator delivering creative workshops with children and young adults aged 6-18. Throughout her various roles her work always seeks to emphasise the value of using creativity as a pedagogical process to address and explore larger issues young people and people from marginalised backgrounds may face.
Whilst focusing on developing and delivering projects as a facilitator, she has also maintained developing her own practice as a freelance multidisciplinary designer/maker working using photography, illustration, graphic design and crafts. Currently she is a member of the Khidr Collective, a multidisciplinary artist collective creating platforms and spaces for young Muslim creatives, where she is heavily involved in the visual production of the biannual Khidr zine.