Biography

Hanna H. Farha was born on March 29, 1938 in Marjeyoun, a town in Southern Lebanon. He grew up there alongside his seven brothers and sisters, and went on to graduate from Marjayoun National College in 1958.

Hanna would serve the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S. State Department between 1959 and 1976, and worked in Beirut, as well as in Washington D.C. and Tunisia.

During his time with the FSI, he taught Arabic to dozens of prominent ambassadors and Assistant Secretaries of State, such as Richard William Murphy, Morris Draper (Middle East Envoy tasked with leading the Lebanese-Israeli talks of 1983), Fred Galanto, David Newton, Dr. Nathaniel Howell, Kenton Keith, George Lane, Charles Widney, Robert Polletro, and the distinguished Edward Djerejian, who served in eight U.S. administrations (from Presidents John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton).

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Biography

Hanna H. Farha was born on March 29, 1938 in Marjeyoun, a town in Southern Lebanon. He grew up there alongside his seven brothers and sisters, and went on to graduate from Marjayoun National College in 1958.

Hanna would serve the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S. State Department between 1959 and 1976, and worked in Beirut, as well as in Washington D.C. and Tunisia.

During his time with the FSI, he taught Arabic to dozens of prominent ambassadors and Assistant Secretaries of State, such as Richard William Murphy, Morris Draper (Middle East Envoy tasked with leading the Lebanese-Israeli talks of 1983), Fred Galanto, David Newton, Dr. Nathaniel Howell, Kenton Keith, George Lane, Charles Widney, Robert Polletro, and the distinguished Edward Djerejian, who served in eight U.S. administrations (from Presidents John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton).

In the summer of 1969, Hanna married the lovely Rosa Musallam, who would bear three darling children - Habib, Marwan and Abir.

In the year 1976, the University of Pennsylvania recruited Hanna as an Arabic-language specialist. He would hold the position for a year before moving to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he worked as assistant to the U.S. Cultural Attaché in Riyadh.

Hanna maintained his global professional experience with a move to Athens, Greece in 1978, where he headed the Purchasing Department at Cencor International. Two years later in 1980, he would move back to Beirut to work as an Arabic-language copywriter for the advertising agency Publi-Graphics.

Shortly after Abir was born, the entire family was forced to flee to Greece when Israel invaded Beirut in July of 1982. Hanna then freelanced as an Arabic copywriter with various Lebanese and Greek advertising agencies based in Athens.

After a return to relative calm in 1983, the family moved back to his troubled homeland, and Hanna started his own translation company. In 1989, the war intensified yet again, and the Farhas fled to Nicosia, Cyprus, before returning to Beirut once again when the war was finally over in 1992.

Hanna then made a move to Dubai, UAE, where he would work as a copywriter for Fortune Promoseven, Intermarkets and Memec until 1997.

In 1998, he joined Afkar Promoseven in the KSA, before moving back to Dubai in 2002 and working with various advertising companies.

He currently resides in Lebanon and keeps busy with various projects, and has authored and published several language instruction books. He has also penned a series of feature articles in prominent English-language newspapers and magazines in Lebanon.