I was born in Lebanon and grew up and lived there through the civil war (1975-1990). I undertook seminary studies in Beirut and then completed a Master’s degree (MPhil) and a PhD (DPhil) at the University of Oxford in the UK. I have been back in Lebanon since 2001 and, in addition to leadership responsibilities as Chief Academic Officer at ABTS, I currently am Associate Professor of Islamic Studies both at ABTS and at Fuller Theological Seminary where I regularly teach intensive classes. In both locations, I teach in the fields of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, I have published many articles, and a book on dialogical theology, conflict, and Christian-Muslim relations is forthcoming. As director of ABTS’ Institute of Middle East Studies in Lebanon, my life purpose is to ‘bring about positive transformation in thinking and practice between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East and beyond.’ With a mixed Lebanese and Swiss parental heritage, I am at home in practically any culture and live and work in Lebanon by choice and calling.