Kawa qualified with BSc and MSc in Mathematics from Salahaddin University, Kurdistan Region (Iraq) in 2003-2007. He employed at the same university as assistant lecturer for three years. He then obtained a PhD in Applied mathematics in 2015 under the supervision of Dr Qianxi Wang. He again became a lecturer at Salahaddin University for three years.
Kawa joined the School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham in March 2018 as a Research Fellow and is currently researching cavitation around ultrasonic dental scalers as part of an EPSRC grant between the Schools of Dentistry and Mathematics.