Hala Bugaighis is an expert on North Africa focusing on Libya on key regional thematic issues, including political economy, social change, and gender. She has written extensively on Libya’s evolving political and social transition, including political transitions, social change, women and gender, government policy priorities, and the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and gender. 

Hala co-founded Jusoor Center for Studies and Development, a Libyan think and do tank that works on economic development and advocating for women’s economic inclusion in Libya. In 2018 she founded LEAP, the first women’s business incubator in Libya. She is also a member of the Libyan Economic Track coordinated by UNSMIL. 

She has written reports and articles on Libya and has been published in journals and newspapers in English and Arabic. Hala is originally from Libya and is fluent in English and Arabic.

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