2012- Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester
2008-2012 Research Group Leader, group 'Trading Diasporas in the Eastern Mediterranean (1250-1450)', Transcultural Studies, Universität Heidelberg (associated with Graduate School MathComp, founding member Heidelberg Centre for the Environment (HCE); founder and coordinator of Methods and Application Collegium (MAK)
2006-2008 UN military observer in the Middle East with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO). Deputy chief Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) at HQ Jerusalem. Awarded Head of Mission Commendation.
2002-2006 PhD Universität Basel; research in Venice, Cairo, Alexandria
2001 Lic. phil. hist. in history, economics and islamic studies
Lt Col GS, Staff Ter Div 4 (Swiss Army)