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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