Writer, teacher, communicator, information architect, international consultant, consummate expatriate and sometime-immigrant (depending on where you draw the line); I've worked in the Middle East, the US and Canada, and Italy. The schizophrenic geography started early, and is a big part of the communication "motif." Born in Pakistan, raised in Dubai, and educated in New York City, I feel like I've been "working" with foreign cultures since toddlerhood -- and that "working" equals communicating. I was two when my family moved to Dubai, where I grew up. Like any good South-Asian eighteen-year-old, I then got myself a scholarship to study Computer Science (and Journalism) at NYU. But after eight years of living and working in New York City, I decided to buck the trend a bit and move to that slightly lesser-known Land of Opportunity – Italy. Seven years and seven cities later, I do communications and reporting for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. On and off, I teach communication theory and creative writing at a university program in Rome, and in my spare time (ha), I try to catch up on writing (or at least on blogging), and on really bad puns.