Hazir Farouk graduated as a mechanical engineer from Sudan university of Science and Technology (SUST), did her M.Sc. in University Technology Malaysia (UTM) on Advanced Manufacturing Technology, and her Ph.D. was in biofuels. Now she is an assistant professor at the Mechanical Engineering School, Sudan University of Science and Technology. She is also a board member of the World Bioenergy Association, representing North Africa, Sudan and the Gulf countries. Dr Farouk’s studies, experience and background, combined with her experience within Sudan – as well as in the Nordic countries, Malaysia, Turkey and Central Europe - gives her a strong technical understanding of biofuels production and technologies, backed up by seeing first-hand the way used cooking oil is converted to biodiesel at an industrial scale in Germany, how biofuels (including upgraded biogas) are used for Swedish city and private vehicles and public transport, and seeing how biogas produced from manures, food wastes and slaughterhouse residues can be used at household scale , and at larger scale for powering generators and can be compressed into gas containers for cooking (for apartments) and to be a fuel for motorised transport systems (i.e., motor rickshaws). Since becoming a board member of the World Bioenergy Association – representing not only /Sudan but all the countries of North Africa and the Arabic speaking countries of the Gulf region, Dr Hazir has acquired extremely valuable new networks that enable her to access expertise from acknowledged world experts in many areas of bioenergy technologies, not only within the WBA but also from the International Energy Agency, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Jatromed group (based at Athens University), REN 21 and UNEP, as well as the Cairo-based organization RCREEE and UN ESCWA.
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