Die Karawanserei der Ägypter in Tripoli, Libanon


Youssef Dabliz

Right hand to the project leader and local relationship manager for all the behalves of the project

tel. +961 (Lebanon); +33 (France)

Youssef is a proud son of the city of Tripoli and well embedded in its society.
Since 2019 and continuing he supports the renovation project by his interpersonal skills, by his knowledge of how things work in his home town, and by using his expanded networks in Tripoli (and Beirut).
He seeks and negotiates partnerships mainly with the coowners in the khan including local stakeholders, political and religious authorities; he engages in external communication of the project and he manages some
legal aspects of the project.

  • 2023-2024 MSc in International Management and Marketing in Lyon, France.
  • 2021-2023 Owner and executive manager of the gas station opposite Tripoli’s town hall (expanding his network)
  • 2017-2020 several commitments as an independent merchant, including working as a shop owner, and most important: salesman and marketing manager for a cosmetics and soap manufacturer in the Khan el-Masriyyin
  • 2018 Award winner: „Most creative idea prize Theemar Tarablos“
  • 2017 diploma as electronics and biomedical engineer from rench-Lebanese University in Tripoli
  • 2014-2016 Polytech Lyon University Lyon 1 studies in biomedical engineering. Award winner: „Student entrepreneur“ Lyon, France
    Member of the Directory of Engineers of North-Lebanon No.15188.
  • *1993 in Tripoli, Lebanon. Lebanese national

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Frank Beat Keller

Leader and initiator of the project

Frank knows that there is no future without being aware of the past. Anthropology, social science and free lance research being his main topic, he combines his practical skills and forty years of experience in reconstruction of historical buildings with his experience as fundraiser, project leader and employer. He wants to foster involvment in sustainability and reduction of social inequalities both in his hometown and abroad. Being a curious ethnologist he studies Islamic Culture and Arabic and is still under way.

  • 2018- …. travels to Lebanon and founder of the „Khan el-Masriyyin“ renovation project
  • 1981- …. project leader: renovation of heritage sites and many other buildings, owner and managing director (2-12 employees)
  • 1980- …. owner and managing director of a floor renovation firm (6 employees)
  • 2010-2022 elected school-supervisor in Zurich
  • 2011-2022 elected member of the committee for the Zurich Conservatorium (Zurich music highschool)
  • 1991-2006 event planner (content & executive manager: 900 events in museums) 1986-2008 exhibition maker (content, research, realisation, design, publications, fundraising) (anthropological and social themes) for ethno-expo inc. in Switzerland, Germany, India, Austria
  • 1976-1980 researcher of architectural heritage sites (Swiss Confederation)
  • 1973-1983 studies in anthropology, economy and history at Zurich University: m.a. anthropologist
  • *1951 in Zürich, Switzerland. Swiss national

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Bassem Zawdeh

Local architect and building site manager/supervisor

Bassem’s main interest consists of preserving the architectural and art heritage of the city of Tripol. He documented the 700 years old Islamic patterns found on mamelouk and ottoman buildings in Tripoli. After having met the project leader in 2019 he enrolled in his master’s degree project: „Restoration of Historical Monuments“ to qualify for the task.

  • 2022- …. Founder and owner of „Three Fold Studio“, consultant in Architecture, Restoration and Islamic Art“, Tripoli
  • 2019- …. self-employed project leader and scientific collaborator in various local city planning and renovation project including workers‘ training
  • 2019- …. self-training in arabic callygraphy and kufi marhabba, including exhibitions in art galleries and preparation of online-tutorials
  • 2016-2019 Employed in a Tripoli/Beirut engineering firm
  • 2019-2020 studies in restoration of historical monuments at Lebanese University: m.a. restoration of historical monuments.
  • 2012-2016 studies in architectural engineering at Beirut Arab University: b.a. architectural engineer. Member no.11314 of the Order of Engineers and Architects of Lebanon
  • *1994 in Tripoli, Lebanon. Lebanese national