As the founding executive director of TWAS, Mohamed Hassan helped to build the Academy into a global voice for science in the developing world. Now he will return as its president, seeking to guide it to new achievements.
Mohamed H A Hassan, a distinguished and highly influential Sudanese advocate for science in the South, has been elected to serve as the sixth president of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries.
Hassan was TWAS’s founding executive director and served 26 years in that role, establishing a reputation as a scholar and diplomat who moved effectively at every level of the global research, education and policy communities.
“I am greatly honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to serve TWAS in a new and more challenging capacity,” Hassan said after his election. “I am grateful to the TWAS Council and membership for the faith and confidence they have placed in me and I hope to live up to their expectations – and maybe exceed them a little bit.”
Beginning 1 January 2019, he has succeeded current TWAS President Bai Chunli of China, who took office in 2013 and served two three-year terms. Under changes newly approved by the TWAS Council, the Academy president and Council members will now serve single four-year terms.