He has a PhD in IT from the University of Bath, UK. Since 2008 has been a lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Sanaa, Yemen. After completing his PhD, he worked as a Researcher at Japan's Sony Corporation and then moved on to work as a Lecturer at Birmingham City University, UK. He has published a number of scientific papers in international conferences in Canada, China, USA and United Kingdom.
He is an independent political activist interested in political and human rights affairs in Yemen. He is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Al Rashid Research Center in Aden, where he also acts as a senior research fellow and research support coordinator. Since August 2015, he has conducted research regarding Yemeni affairs in the Future Center for Research and Advanced Studies in the UAE, a center studying political transformations, and estimate the economic, security and social trends and their influence at national and regional level.
Recently, Shadi has participated in Track-II talks along with high profile personals which was organised by the Berghof Foundation