Hala A Malak is design critic, curator, educator, researcher, strategist and Middle East expert with her own particular view of the world. Born in Beirut during the civil war, she grew up, worked and studied all over the world – Lebanon, USA, Canada, Dubai, Holland, Morocco, London and Paris. Her multicultural background is reflected in Hala’s versatile approach and she has continuously transcended stereotypes and challenged the status quo in her purpose to help make the world a better place.
Hala is an avid art and music lover with a passion for social change, cultural identity exploration and the power of ideas through design. She holds graduate degrees from the School of Visual Arts in New York as well as HEC Paris. Speaker and published in the likes of Print Magazine, Design Indaba, Metropolis, AIGA, Beirut Design Week, NYC x Design, Smithsonian Media, Fruit of the Forest and MOMA.
Hala also sits on the advisory boards of Fadi J Khoury Dance Company and LebMASH Foundation. A cultural architect, Hala is dedicated to continuously changing mindsets and making a difference in her work; she was selected by Cadillac as part of the Dare Greatly, Arabs of New York campaign that celebrated passionate creatives who have jumped hurdles and dared to pursue their dreams in the big apple.
Hala is founder of KAFLAB, Design and Flow, and is a professor at the School of Design Strategies at Parsons, New York. She currently resides and works out of Brooklyn.