Born in 1964 from a lebanese father and a swiss mother, Sami Kanaan is multilingual (French, Swiss German, German, Arabic, English). His life course is divided between Lebanon, Greece and Switzerland (Bern, Geneva and Zurich). He graduated in physics (Swiss Federal Institute of Technolgy Zurich) and in political science (University of Geneva).
Sami Kanaan has been member of the social-democratic party since 1988, elected to parliament of the Geneva’s city (City Council), between 1997 and 2001 in the Canton of Geneva (Grand Council) between 2001 and 2005. He is elected to the Geneva’s city hall for 2011.