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Alaa is an accomplished civil engineer with more than 12 years’ experience in construction, water, sanitation, and disaster relief.

Having graduated from Damascus University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering he specialised in Structural Engineering and embarked on a career with the leading Middle Eastern engineering petroleum company (ENPPI), he then joined Middle Eastern main contractor Atassi-Yacoubian JV in a series of roles before joining the Syria Trust for Development where he was responsible for the management and commissioning of major construction projects.

After seven years in the commercial sector, Alaa undertook a number of positions in the development and humanitarian sector for NGOs including Oxfam GB and Medair. In this capacity he used his engineering knowhow to assist disaster relief efforts in Syria and Iraq, where he was instrumental to delivering a number of vital humanitarian engineering projects. He has since completed a master’s degree in International Development at the University of Birmingham and has contributed to a research project at the University of East Anglia on transboundary water management.

He is actively involved in charitable initiatives supporting refugees from war-torn countries, including Citizens UK where he promotes community integration efforts and Heartbeat of Hope where he helps to support Thalassemia patients. He is also a part of the consultancy team to Syrian and Netherlands Volunteers in Amsterdam. Alaa is a member of the Association of Project Management and a Fellow of the Institution of Water.