Mohamed H. A. Hassan is co-chair of IAP, the global network of science academies, and chairman of the Council of the United Nations University (UNU). He also serves on a number of Boards of international organizations worldwide, including the Board of Trustees of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt; the Council of Science and Technology in Society (STS ) Forum, Japan; the Board of the International Science Programme, Sweden; the Board of the Science Initiative Group (SIG), USA; and the International Advisory Board of the Centre for International Development (ZEF), Germany.
After obtaining his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, he returned to Sudan and later became Professor and Dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Khartoum. Dr. Hassan has a long list of publications in theoretical plasma physics and fusion energy, wind erosion, and dust and sand transport in dry lands. He has also published several articles on science and technology in the developing world.
Dr. Hassan was founding executive director of TWAS, president of the African Academy of Sciences and chairman, Honorary Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology, Nigeria. As head of TWAS, he developed a number of important capacity-building programs in and for developing countries, including a merit-based competitive research grants program in biological, medical and health sciences, offered to talented young scientists and research groups in low-income countries, especially in Africa.
Among his honours: Comendator, Grand Cross, and National Order of Scientific Merit, Brazil; and Officer, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
He is a member of several merit-based academies of science, including TWAS; the African Academy of Sciences; Islamic World Academy of Sciences; Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales; Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer, Belgium; Pakistan Academy of Sciences;
Academy of Sciences of Lebanon; Cuban Academy of Sciences; and Academy of Sciences of South Africa.