Seteney Shami has been founding director of the Arab Council of Social Science since January 2010. She is an anthropologist from Jordan who obtained her B.A. from the American University of Beirut and her M.A. and Ph.D from University of California, Berkeley. After teaching and setting up a graduate dept. of anthropology at Yarmouk University, Jordan, she moved in 1996 to the regional office of the Population Council in Cairo as director of the Middle East Awards in Population and the Social Sciences (MEAwards). In July 1999, she joined the Social Science Research Council in New York as program director for the program on the Middle East and North Africa and also the program on Eurasia (until 2010). She has been a visiting Professor at U.C. Berkeley, Georgetown University, University of Chicago, Stockholm University and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (Uppsala).