Hassan is the lead adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates on the Middle East & North Africa, Pakistan, Japan and Korea. He manages a global team responsible for the foundation’s work in those countries. He is a co-founder and board member of the Lives & Livelihoods Fund, a $2.5 billion fund that is the largest ever truly multilateral aid initiative based in the Middle East.
Hassan has written extensively about global development and politics. His first book, The Responsible Globalist, was published by Penguin Allen Lane in 2019. In 2016 he cofounded the One Degree Academy, a school in North London that is rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted. He also sits on the board of the Education for Employment Foundation.
Hassan has been named as one of the 100 most influential Arabs under 40 every year since 2015 by Arabian Business magazine.