A Palestinian novelist and cultural facilitator, she worked as the British Council Regional Manager for Creativity for the Near East and North Africa, contributing to drawing the strategy of the British Council in the area of creativity and supervising the arts file. Hourani has over fifteen years’ experience of working in Arts, Culture and media. She is currently Program Officer for Arts, Culture & Media at the Ford Foundation, based in Egypt and overseeing the Middle East and North African region. Hourani has academic training in television journalism and worked as communication and media assistant in UNICEF Syria. She has also published cultural essays in many Arab newspapers and magazines.