Arash FARNOOSH holds the Chair of “Electricity Economics & Digital Transition” at IFP School. He has Graduate Engineer's Degrees (French Grandes Ecoles) from both INSA and ENSPM. He also holds a Master in Energy and Transfer Engineering from the University of Toulouse and got his PhD from the University of Montpellier at the Centre of Research on Energy Economics & Law. Currently he teaches courses on energy economics, natural gas and electricity management and techno-economics of renewable energies. Moreover, he supervises a Master’s program in Petroleum Economics and an Executive Master in Energy Management. He is also affiliate professor at Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. Prior to become a faculty member and researcher at IFP School and IFPEN, he worked in various entities such as Airbus France, Total E&P and BNP Paribas Investment Banking group as a techno-economic engineer and analyst.
Abdel-Hamid's scientific expertise started in water. Since, 1984 the scientific researches have been primarily focused on the integrated assessment of freshwater quality. He has been working with the River Nile in Egypt, for more than 38 years. Water quality characterization is the domain of his researches. Eco-toxicology of industrial pollution is a particular research topic. Bio-assessment of water quality using freshwater microalgae deserved special research interest. Toxicity assessment of pollutants, using standard algal bioassays and biosensors, is a special area of research expertise. Deep research attention was focused on using immobilized algal biosensors for bio-monitoring of water quality. He has largely contributed to the assessment and protection of water quality at both national and international levels. His work on aquatic environments gave him enormous knowledge about the ecology of freshwater microalgae. He gained deep experience, and eventually has developed good expertise in isolation, identification and culturing of microalgae. He gave considerable attention to mass production of microalgae as vital feedstock of useful bio-products and molecules from algae. Thus his research activities and talents were partially shifted towards the field of algal biotechnology. Special interest and great attention are paid to the use of algae biomass as feedstock for the production of biofuels, mainly biodiesel, bioethanol, and jet fuels.