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Q&A with Mahmoud Nour

Experienced, professional, wizard…these are just a few of the words used to describe Mahmoud Nour, Software Sales Specialist in our Melbourne office. But, of course, there is so much more to Mahmoud than his excellent work at Somerville. Read on to find out more!


Q: What are three words you associate with your role at Somerville.

Fun, challenging and exciting.

Q: What’s one of your secret skills?

Patience and knowing how to get the right information.

Q: What was one of your earliest jobs? And the biggest thing you took from it?

Working as a youth worker and Cross Culture speaker. The biggest thing I took from it: people like to listen if you talk honestly from your heart.

Q: Do you follow any sports? 

I like basketball and Ping Pong.

Q: What’s been one of the highlights (or funniest memories) from your time at Somerville?

Our yearly get togethers—there are always funny moments when we are together.

Q: What was your most beloved song from your younger days?

“I love you more than I can say”  – Leo Sayer.

Q: What’s something you’re most proud of in your life?

Helping needy people, especially refugees in Africa with Education and Health programs.

Q: What was your favourite food as a kid? How about now? 

Pasta and Pizza — still the same.

Q: What’s something on your bucket list that you can’t wait to do? 

Two things: I want to get more certifications, and I also can’t wait to visit and spend time with the refugees. 

Q: What was the last book you read? 

“Don’t be sad” by Aid al-Qarni – it talks about how to be positive in life.

Q: If you won $10million on the lottery, what would you do/how would you spend it?

5 Mil goes to my wife—she will likely spend it on people in need. The other 5 Mil—I will create projects in poor countries and visit to be part of them.

Q: What’s the next country you’d like to visit and why?

Turkey, because it is beautiful and has great history—I haven’t visited it yet.

Q: What’s one of your favourite hobbies? 

Reading and learning, getting to know people from different cultures, learning about their culture and language, and lately supporting refugees & needy people everywhere I can.

Q: What’s something about you that surprises people? 

People are surprised when they learn that I speak seven languages. Also, people don’t think I am African, they think I’m Asian, Lebanese, Egyptian or Latin American.

Something I'm proud of is helping needy people, especially refugees in Africa with Education and Health programs.