Ibrahim graduated from Ain Shams University, Egypt, in 1984. Since his graduation as a civil engineer, his career has progressed through three parallel paths, namely academic (teaching and research), professional engineering, education development and higher education policy. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Dundee, UK, in 1993. Over the years he taught a number of courses related to design of concrete structures, structural analysis, properties of materials and concrete technology. In 2005, he secured a professor post at Benha University, Egypt which was a new independent university at that time. In 2007, he was promoted to Head of Department of Civil Engineering at the same University and in 2011 became the first Elected Dean for the Faculty of Engineering at Shoubra, Benha University. He was a part time visiting professor at University of Petronas, Malaysia from 2010-2013. Ibrahim has been active in providing professional engineering consultancy since his graduation in 1984 through various routes (i.e: self-employment, well established engineering offices as well as the university consultancy service). Ibrahim's line of work included laboratory testing of building materials, in situ testing of existing structures, structural design, redesign of structures for change in use, construction site supervision, revision of designs of other designers and provision of evidence in courts of law/public hearings regarding the state of structures after inspection. Ibrahim has earned Chartered status from the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers, which is the professional qualification awarding body in Egypt.
In October 2015, Ibrahim returned to the UK as a scholar visitor at the University of Liverpool. He started multidisciplinary research work with colleagues from Egypt, Malaysia, Coventry and Liverpool. Ibrahim published more than 60 journal and conference papers and is currently focused on continuing research in the field of sustainability and retrofitting of structural buildings, durability of structural concrete elements and their relation to structural design. In July 2016, Ibrahim was granted fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers and currently is active in committees and subcommittees organized by the ICE. After he became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2016, Ibrahim started teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Liverpool. He consciously links teaching activities to his industrial experience and complies with the quality assurance criteria for higher education (measurement of learning outcomes, student surveys, open communication with students, documentation of course materials …etc.).
In 2019, Ibrahim was appointed as a senior lecturer in Civil Engineering at University of West London with a significant responsibility to research. He consciously links teaching activities to his industrial experience and complies with the quality assurance criteria for higher education (measurement of learning outcomes, student surveys, open communication with students, documentation of course materials, etc.). As a sort of appreciation to his contribution towards teaching and research from 2015-2019, the University of Liverpool offered Ibrahim an honorary post as a Fellow to keep the academic link.