Mahmoud Abdou a published academic who was born in Gaza Strip, Palestine and for the last 13 years he has lived in Norway, the United States, Germany, Costa Rica, and the United Kingdom. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont in the United States, an M.A. in American Studies from Heidelberg University in Germany, an M.A. in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the U.N. University for Peace in Costa Rica, and an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is currently a resident of the United Kingdom.