Student, Military Academy, Lebanon, 1956. Graduate, Naval Engineering College, United Kingdom, 1960. Postgraduate, Naval Engineering Academy, United Kingdom, 1986.
Advanced through grades to general Lebanese Armed Forces, 1989, Commander 2nd Fleet, 1966—1968, Commander 1st Fleet, 1968—1970, staff of the Army 4th Bureau, 1970—1972, chief of personal staff of the General, 1973—1979, director personnel, Army headquarters, 1980—1983, president of the military office, ministry of defense, 1983—1989, commander-in-chief, 1989—1998. President Republic of Lebanon, Beirut, 1998—2007. Acting honorary Chairman Engineering Society, 1998.
Honorary fellow Royal Institute of Naval Architects, 2002.
Married Andrée Amadouni, 1967. Children: Carine, Emile Junior, Ralf.