Haidi Jamal Abdullah was born on 5th January 1986 in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan. He studied geography at Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraq, and received a B.Sc. in July 2007. After graduation from 2007-2009, he was working as an assistant lecturer in the department of geography, College of Arts. In 2010 he was awarded KRG Human Capacity Development Program scholarship to pursue his master research at the department of geography, at the University of Leicester, UK. He obtained his M.Sc. in 2011 with distinction. In 2014, he was awarded another scholarship from European Commission Erasmus Mundus scholarships to pursue his doctoral research at the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente.