Daniel Drennan ElAwar was adopted via Lebanon to the United States at the age of two months. In 2004 he returned and taught graphic design and illustration at various Beirut universities including the American University of Beirut. He continues to work as a special advisor to the children's rights organization Badael/Alternatives on issues of adoption and adoptee return. From January to June, 2016, he was a research fellow at the Asfari Institute of Civil Society and Citizenship, focusing on citizenship as a function of displacement, dispossession, and disinheritance. As of June 2016, he is in reunion with his family in Lebanon.