Ilhaam has an undergraduate degree and MSc in Chemical Engineering from UCT – the latter including a comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of bioenergy generation options from selected waste streams in South Africa. She has been involved in research and analysis projects relating to the mining, minerals, energy, agriculture, dairy sectors, consumer products and retail, with a particular focus on product LCAs and environmental product declarations. Her work in LCA involves on-site and desktop-based data collection, data processing and analysis, and the development and assessment of LCA models and impact assessment methods. Ilhaam has a keen interest in the development of regionalized impact assessment methods specific to the unique South African context.
Further to her consulting work, Ilhaam also heads up the sales and support of SimaPro at The Green House, which includes the provision of LCA and SimaPro training. Ilhaam is also currently providing support as a mentor in the Environmental Leaders Programme (ELP), a Graduate Development Programme run by WWF South Africa.