Ulfat was born in Haifa, where she presently lives.She received a B.A. in Physical Education from the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports and worked as a high school physical education teacher for 12 years. She is a certified Outward Bound Instructor, having worked with this organisation (http://www.outwardbound.org/) to lead at risk teenagers through outdoors activity. A volleyball player since she was 12 years old, Olfat Haider spent several years as the only Arab member of the National Volleyball Team. She is an Israeli Ministry of Tourism licensed tour guide. Olfat Haider has been involved in several projects promoting peaceful coexistence between Jewish and Arab youth in Israel. She participated with Doron Erel in the expedition "Breaking the ice". She helped to create the Palestinian-Israeli Unity Project (PIUP), a joint effort between Breaking the Ice and the North Carolina Outward Bound School. This project brought Arab and Jewish teenagers from Haifa to the North Carolina Mountains in the summers of 2005 and 2006 for an intensive wilderness expedition. Olfat Haider is currently responsible for helping the PIUP students with their follow-up projects in Haifa. In 2010, Olfat Haider was a leader in the Mont Blanc project, to be described below. The weight of group building and dialogue fostering fell on her shoulders, and her competence in these areas were crucial to the final success.