Doctor of Natural Sciences and an associate Professor at the University of Paris since 1958, Albert Sasson is known for his research work on microbiology and most particularly on arid lands’ microflora and micro organisms, free and symbiotic atmospheric nitrogen fixing elements. As such, he took part in the activities of the MAB Program (Program on Man and Biosphere) and realized extensive knowledge and research syntheses on forest ecosystems and tropical pastures all over the (Ecosystèmes forestiers tropicaux, 1979 ; Ecosystèmes pâturés tropicaux, 1981 ; Ecosystèmes forestiers tropicaux d’Afrique, 1983).
Albert Sasson has worked as a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of Rabat, Morocco, between 1954 and 1963. From 1979 to 1985, he participated within the Studies and Planning Bureau of UNESCO General Directorate to the elaboration of the Organization’s sciences and technology biennial programmes and mid-term plans and had been, from 1985 to 1987, Director of the Central Evaluation Unit of UNESCO’s General Directorate. He had also been Assistant Director-General of UNESCO and Special Advisor to UNESCO Director-General from 1993 to 1999. He has been Senior Visiting Professor at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (Yokohama, Japan) and is a senior consultant to United Nations specialized agencies, several governments, national and regional institutions, as well as to the European Commission.
Dr Sasson is a founding member of Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Morocco, and President of the Association Bio Euro Latina that aims to promote cooperation between Europe and Latin America in biotechnology. He has been appointed by the King of Morocco as member of the Kingdom’s Human Rights Consultative Council (CCDH), the governing board of the Royal Institute of Strategic Studies (IRES), the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, and the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research.
His research and work have culminated in over 200 publications, including many books and reviews on biotechnology in developing countries over the last 38 years.