Prof Mohamed Hassan has been elected to serve as president of the Academy, with his four-year term beginning 1 January 2019. He previously served as the founding executive director of TWAS and has achieved distinction and global influence. He issued the following statement on 28 November 2018, after his election at the 28th TWAS General Meeting and 14th General Conference in Trieste, Italy:
I am greatly honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to serve TWAS in a new and more challenging capacity. I am grateful to the Nomination Committee appointed by the TWAS Council and the Academy's membership for the faith and confidence you have placed in me and I hope to live up to your expectations – and maybe exceed them a little it. TWAS is fortunate to have been served by five truly outstanding presidents before me. Each one of them made emarkable contributions to advance the mission and goals of the Academy for advancing science and engineering for sustainable development in the South.