Prof. Yassir Abbas

Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources
Yassir Abbas is the current Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources of the Government of Sudan.
40 Years


He was born in the city of Sennar in 1961, and studied its pre-university educational stages there, then he joined the University of Khartoum at the Faculty of Engineering and graduated in 1985, then obtained a master's and a doctorate in the Netherlands, and reached the professorship degree, and worked as a visiting professor at the World Water Institute in the Netherlands. He also held the position of Director General of the Hydraulic Research Center of the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity, and worked as a UN expert in Addis Ababa, presenting several research papers and papers, including early warning of floods.

Educational Stages

 1980 – 1985

Bsc.Engineering, University Of Khartoum


MSc in Tank Systems, Netherlands


PhD in Climatology, Netherlands

Work experience

The Minister has extensive experience in hydraulic and water resource system modeling, irrigation systems, remote sensing applications, and regional climate modeling.

He started his career in the hydraulic center in 1985, where he conducted research in irrigation systems, water engineering and water hydraulics, and obtained a higher diploma in land and water development, after which he obtained a master’s degree in reservoir systems operation in 1990 from the AHI Institute in the Netherlands and later in 2005 he obtained PhD in climatology in the Nile Basin from the same institute.

He worked in the development of the early warning system for floods for the Nile River in Sudan in the period 1991 to 1992 and also for the floods of the Indus River in Pakistan from 1995 to 1998. He also worked in the years 1999 to 2002 in the development of hydraulic research and water research in the Department of Water and Electricity in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and between From 2006 to 2009 he joined the International Institute for Water Management with a focus on the Nile Basin from 2009. He returned to the Center for Hydraulic Research, where he became Director General of the Center since 2012 and led the research work in the Ministry, where he worked on developing research work and building capacity for the Sudanese staff at the center in the Ministry. He was an active member of the Sudanese negotiating team for the transit water and the effects of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.