Dr. Patricia Nabti

Dr. Patricia Mihaly Nabti is the founder and director of the Learning to CARE Institute. Dr. Nabti was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California, primarily of Hungarian heritage, and is a Lebanese citizen through her husband, Dr. Michel Georges Nabti. She has lived in Lebanon since 1992, spending 2-4 months each year in California.

University of California, Berkeley       1989        PhD in Cultural Anthropology
Stanford University                              1971        MA in Education
Stanford University                              1970        BA in Political Science
American University of Beirut           1968-69    One year non-degree program
University of California, Berkeley       1967        Arabic language study

Cultural Anthropology - Focus on the Arab World
Stanford University
    Cultures, Ideas, and Values Program (1989-1992)
    Visiting Professor of Cultural Anthropology (1990-1992)
    Frequent Faculty member of Stanford Continuing Studies Program
    Frequent Lecturer for Stanford Travel/Study Program trips to the Arab World
American University of Beirut
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology (1992-1998)
    Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (1993-1996)

Lebanese Migration
Thesis: International Emigration from a Lebanese Village: Bishmizzinis on Six Continents, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley (April 1989).


  • Founder and Director of the Learning to CARE Institute S.A.R.L. (January 2012-present)
  • Founder and Director of the Association for Volunteer Services (1998-2012), whose mission was "to promote, facilitate, and improve volunteering and community service throughout Lebanon and beyond"
  • Author of the book, Learning to CARE: Education, Volunteering, and Community Service (2006), a comprehensive guide for developing and improving school service programs
  • Author: تعلّم الاهتمام: التربية والتطوع وخدمة المجتم , Arabic edition of Learning to CARE (2009)
  • Regional Representative to the Arab Nations for the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) www.iave.org (2009-present)
  • Coordinator of the Arab Initiative to Foster a Culture of Volunteering  2010-2011
  • First person in the Arab World to become a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) by the Council on Certification in Volunteer Administration, January 2011.