Lana worked as the lead researcher for the 'Change in exile' project funded by the Fund for Academic Cooperation and Exchange (FACE), exploring the role of education in supporting social stability in Lebanon in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis. She previously worked for Alert’s Peacebuilding Advisory Unit and provided advocacy, research and project support on gender, focusing mainly on Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. Her areas of focus encompass gender and political participation, security sector reform, and peace education and preventing radicalisation. She has also worked in the Gender Unit of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Amman, Jordan. Lana holds an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS and a BA in International Relations from the University of Birmingham.