Global Echo operates within universal principles of respect and preservation of self and of the environment. Our core objective is to contribute to the development and maintenance of non-violence within society. We promote and advocate for diverse and inclusive workforces and services. We believe that creativity and innovation are fundamental elements of human growth and evolution and we create space for these to flourish in our program delivery.
The name ‘Global Echo’ reflects our capacity to reach diverse communities across our planet, and our plight to promote intercultural and interfaith connections. Global Echo stands for the often unheard voices, the so-called minorities, and the unspoken truths.
We endeavour to work with our stakeholders, clients and associates to ensure that our practices are safe, accessible and inclusive; and that our initiatives contribute to the ongoing evolution of human societies.
Hala Abdelnour, Principal Consultant
A lover of languages, people and creativity, Hala has lived, travelled and worked in more than 50 countries. She is an expert at designing and delivering professional training and has participated in event management, sales, teaching, counselling and community development. Hala is the founder and director of Global Echo Consultants.
Trained in Psychology and Social Work, Hala has a strong work ethic and seeks to share ideas and knowledge that allow people to grow together. Hala’s passion for life and all its beauty drives her constant search for the depth and breadth of human capacity. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, social justice and non-violence. Her specialist knowledge and skills are working with highly vulnerable individuals with complex trauma, multi-ethnic and multi-faith communities, and violent offenders (including family violence perpetrators).
She has spoken at various local, national and international conferences, focusing on issues of diversity, intercultural/interfaith dynamics and youth issues. A receiver of several awards including the Victorian Award for Multicultural Affairs 2005, an attendee at the Australian 2020 Summit 2008, a Vincent Fairfax Fellow since 2009, she joined the Diaspora Action Australia Board in 2014, was elected Chair in 2016 and continues to hold that role.
Hala has dedicated her career to assisting individuals and organisations to reach their full potential. She facilitates innovation and enhanced practice.
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"Hala is one of those rare characters who transcend generational, cultural and organisational barriers. She is equally comfortable coordinating a group of youth through a structured leadership program, as she is facilitating a workshop on cultural awareness for a group of managers in the Emergency Service sector. She defies pigeonholing, due to her wealth of knowledge and the ability to cater for and adapt to any situation. Hala's professional demeanour is brilliant and her style and smile are priceless."
Steve O'Malley AFSM
“Hala has a deep understanding of social issues and a great ability to engage as a facilitator. She is able to utilize and draw upon a breadth of knowledge and discourse without constraint from traditional knowledge sources. She applies an eclectic style to bring the issue alive and make it meaningful to her audiences.”
Maria Dimopoulos AM
"There are few people who are able to work in the complex space of collaboration while also knowing the responsibility they have of acknowledging the underlying structural violence and racism that undermines this very work. Collaboration to most people is a place of harmony where conflict and emotional reactivity are absent, after all, and yet this is not real. I’ve seen Hala facilitate in groups knowing that true collaboration is about helping people to work through issues that inevitably reveal the fault lines of society within the very people in the room. It can be heart-breaking.
It’s possibly the hardest work of a facilitator to hold the individual accountable to the part they play as both accessories to, and unwitting products of, a society riven with conflict. People can feel deep personal guilt as blind spots around their own priviledge are revealed even while they rail against the ‘machine’. Hala, however, has the extraordinary ability to do this work without causing shame, allowing people to reflect on how they may be part of the problem, helping them to thus transform and become more conscious contributors in the work they do in the world. Hala is an amazing “world-worker” because she knows how to hold people together, and knows THAT is the work that needs to be done above everything."
Steve Ray, Groupwork Centre
"Hala is an energetic, engaging and effervescent person with unusually effective interpersonal skills. Extensive travel and overseas work experience has endowed her with a broad knowledge of the salient characteristics of business and community activities in different cultures, especially those increasingly represented within Australian society and international business. She has a strong but realistic sense of social justice, a deep and practical understanding of the benefits and problems posed by ethnic, gender and socio-economic diversity, and a good insight into current community problems and opportunities."
Des Mueller AO
“Hala has a great presence in her presentations. She brings great authenticity, knowledge, experience and makes people feel comfortable answering their questions.”
Hutch Hatice Hussein, Snr Manager, Diversity Unit, BSL
"Hala is one of the most effective specialists I have ever worked with. Focussed, professional, incisive and constructive, Hala combines an exceptional critical analysis mindset with industry-leading consultative skills, producing remarkably comprehensive management strategies for her clients. Hala is a nation-level leader on the topics of Inclusion and Diversity, with extensive experience applying these frameworks to a wide diversity of professional contexts. Organisations that choose to avail themselves of her services will enjoy an experience highly tailored to the needs of both their staff and stakeholders, greatly enhancing not only their comprehension of intercultural issues, but their ability to proactively employ these skills to secure a far better outcome for all parties."
Gordon Young, Professional Ethicist
“Hala enhances creativity and the possibility of seeing things in new ways that respects differing worldviews and generates breakthroughs in understanding and effectiveness. Her delivery methods are flexible and inclusive. Hala demonstrates an immediacy to fit into any context with ease and respectful inquiry. Hala brings skills as a facilator of change that are relevant, informed and insightful. In particular Hala demonstrates skill to increase the capacity of Indigenous families to negotiate and engage with choices, opportunities and ethics. Fundamentally, Hala values social justice and genuine partnerships. I recommend Hala and Global Echo Consultants to work in any type of role which places an emphasis on healing and building community capacity for local Indigenous communities.”
Michael Massingham, Tarntipi Homelands Aboriginal Corporation
“Hala is filled with passion, creative ideas and warmth. It has been a pleasure working with her over the years on various projects. She is both organised and adaptive and knows how to generate a great idea into a fully-fledged project. Co-facilitating with Hala was an opportunity to see her people skills in action and to witness her ability to guide others to discover their own knowledge.”