Geysar Gurbanov was born in Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and earned a law degree from Baku State University. From 2005-2006, he studied Administration of Law and Justice in the United States through the fellowship program of the U.S. Department of State. Before running for local elections in Azerbaijan, he was a director of the NATO Information Center. As a consultant, he advised the Council of the European Union in matters concerning human rights and political issues in Azerbaijan from 2008 to 2011. In 2013, he became a Rotary International Peace Fellow and went on to earn a graduate certificate from the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center in international peace and conflict resolution as well as a master’s degree in East European and Russian studies from UNC Chapel Hill. Currently, Geysar lives in Tacoma, Washington, where he owns a business and works on his upcoming book. He also serves his community via Rotary International and local nonprofits in Pierce County. In his free time, he publishes articles on immigration, religion, and politics. His writings have appeared in multiple news outlets. He speaks English, Russian, Turkish, Polish, and Azerbaijani.