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(Mathematical) Biography

Greetings! I am a German-Moroccan mathematician who grew up in Germany with infrequent visits to Morocco. My journey in mathematics started at Saarland University, where I completed my Bachelor's and Master's studies.  I then wrote a PhD thesis at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, where my supervisor was Hannah Markwig. During my doctoral studies, I also spent a trimester as a visiting doctoral student at the University of Warwick, where I was hosted by Diane Maclagan.
After my PhD, I was first a postdoc at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, where I worked with Annette Werner. My second postdoc was at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in the Nonlinear Algebra group, led by Bernd Sturmfels. After that, I was lucky enough to fulfil a lifelong dream and move to Paris, where I worked as a postdoc at the Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu at the Sorbonne Université, where I collaborated with Ilia Itenberg.

My position in Paris would be last one before moving as an assistant professor to Trinity College Dublin in August 2022.

I believe that it is of great importance to tell stories about social advancement through education. As the son, grandson and great-grandson of miners, the son of an immigrant and a first-generation academic, I aim to serve as a positive example that a successful academic career is possible regardless of one's background.

As such, I strongly believe in and encourage Federico Ardila's axioms:

Axiom 1. Mathematical potential is equally present in different groups, irrespective of geographic, demographic, and economic boundaries.

Axiom 2. Everyone can have joyful, meaningful, and empowering mathematical experiences.

Axiom 3. Mathematics is a powerful, malleable tool that can be shaped and used differently by various communities to serve their needs.

Axiom 4. Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

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