Shareef held a BSc in Physics from Mousel University, Iraq in 1990. He received an MSc in Digital Communications Networks in 2005 from London Metropolitan University-UK with distinction. He has worked as an expert in the ICT Centre at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in 2007. He joined the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at the University of East London-UK as a PhD student in April 2009. He completed his PhD successfully in 2012. In the meantime, he worked as an hourly paid lecturer at the University of East London-UK. In addition, he has published various papers along with participation in reviewing various conference papers, and international journals. He is also a member of many professional bodies in his area of specialisation. He became a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK in 2011. He worked as a head of the Software and Informatics Engineering Department from 2012-2017 in the College of Engineering at Salahaddin University-Erbil-Iraq. Furthermore, Shareef worked as a Dean of the College of Education and Languages at Lebanese French University-Erbil-Kurdistan-Iraq, along with the Director of Postgraduate Studies from 2017-2021. He supervised many MSc and PhD students in his area of specialization. Currently, he is a vice president for Scientific Affairs and Postgraduate studies at Salahaddin University,