Biographische Daten

Date of Birth : 19/01/1963
Place of Birth: Amman, Jordan
Nationality: Jordanian Academic Degree : PhD in Geography

Languages : Arabic (native), English, Russian, German (fluent), Bulgarian (reading and talking), French and Ukrainian (reading)

Professional Career

Since 05/2005 Assistant Professor , Institute for Geography, University of Mainz
Since 01/2004 Senior Researcher , Center for Research on the Arab World (CERAW), Institute for Geography, University of Mainz
01/2004 - 12/2006 Project Manager/ Senior Researcher : Project on “ Development of Tourism in the Arab World after 9/11
10/1998 - 12/2003 Post-doctoral Studies , Center for Research on the Arab World (CERAW)
Project on “Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jordan
Project on “Gated Communities” ( Lebanon, Russia, Ukraine)
Project on “Cinema and Orient
01/2000 - 03/2004 Part-time Researcher at FAZ-Institute / Prime Research International ( Mainz, Germany)
2001 Part-time Researcher for a project on “ Poverty in Palestinian Refugee Camps ” , Center for Research on Poverty and Development, University of Giessen, Germany
September 2000 Founding member of the “International Interdisciplinary Network on Cinema, Media and Orient ” , Institute of Geography, University of Mainz
1996 Main researcher on “ Evaluation of the Housing Real Estate Situation in Leipzig ( Germany) , “ Willstein Immobilien ” ( Mannheim)


1996 - 2003 Post-Graduated Studies
Center for Research on the Arab World (CERAW)
University of Mainz , Germany
1990 - 1994 Ph.D. in Geography (Urban and Social Geography)
Thesis “Spatial Planning of Big Cities’ Periphery
Kiev State University, Kiev-Ukraine
1984 - 1990 Diploma in Social and Economic Geography
Faculty of Geography
Kiev State University, Kiev-Ukraine (former USSR)
1979 - 1982 Medical Academy of Bulgaria , Sofia
(not finished Study of Human Medicine, Physicum)
1979 Jordanian Tawjihi Examination , Scientific Stream
1973 - 1979 Greek Catholic Secondary School , ( Jordan)