I was born and raised in Marrakech, Morocco, a truly wonderful and lively city. I speak Moroccan Darija, French, Modern Standard Arabic, English and Spanish. Please feel free to communicate with me in any of these.

This is how I pronounce my full name in Moroccan Darija: . I am also fine with this pronunciation in English: .

My partner, Naba Rizvi, is a talented and immensely smart PhD student, who UCSD is fortunate to have.

I enjoy traveling, and I have been so far to 39 countries: