Allaa was born and raised in Baghdad and received his Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering from Al-Mustansiriya University in 2004. He went onto spend nine years in India, where he completed an M-Tech in Hydrology from the Indian Institute of Technology, a diploma in UN Studies, and an MBA in Project Management. In 2016, Allaa finished his PhD in Environmental Engineering from Delhi Technological University.
Allaa has a diverse professional background, applying his expertise with positions at the Ministry of Environment in Baghdad, UNAMID in Darfur, and the private sector in India. Allaa has published twelve international articles on WASH issues and related health effects.