Degree in Modern Arabic, University Paris-III, 1976. Degree in Political Sciences, Institute d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, University Paris-VII, 1980.
Socio-economic consultant Ministry Agriculture and Water, Riadh, Saudi Arabia, 1981—1982. Director French Science Unit/U. Khartoum, Sudan, 1982—1988, French Cultural Center, Sudan, 1985—1988, Research Center Contemporary Middle East, Beirut, 1988—1990. Researcher urban studies arab world National Center for Science Research, University Tours, France, 1991—2000.
Researcher geography development s National Center for Science Research, University Paris-X, 2000—2004. Head researcher mediterranean, middle east National Council of Scientific Research, University Lyon-II, France, 2004—2008. Director Research Center Contemporary Egypt, Middle East, Cairo, since 2008.
Political legal adviser Nuba Mountains Cease-Fire Joint Military Commission, Khartoum, 2002. Consultant Doctors Without Borders INGO, Darfour, Sudan, 2004. Humanitarian expert United Nations Security Council's Sanctions Committee, Darfour, 2006, panel coordinator, 06.
Counsellor Town Council, Bièvres, France, 2001—2008. Elected board member Doctors without Borders INGO, Paris, 2005.
Married Fatna Benmechta, August 27, 2005. 1 child Clara-Kheira.