Maha began her career as a news reporter in Melbourne, where she was born. After a good grounding at the Herald Sun newspaper, freelance work took her to Sydney and that has been her base since 1994. She has a passion for issues that affect society and, in particular, women. She was involved with the launch of marie claire in Australia, contributing to early editions. Her heritage is Lebanese and she has worked in Lebanon and the Gulf, while connecting with family and practising her rather poor Arabic. After a bout of anaemia in 1997, she switched to alternative therapies and took up yoga. Over the past decade, she has treated her own food intolerances and shifted to an organic and gluten-free diet. Maha calls herself “a hippie in the wrong decade” due to her environmental awareness, community involvement, and generally wanting the world to be a better place.