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Fazlur Hassan, M.E.P.P. '14

Building a Better World

Indonesian environmental engineer Fazlur Hassan was looking to bridge his career toward public policy in 2013, when he enrolled in the master’s of engineering and public policy program offered within McMaster’s W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology.

The program offered “a perfect fit” in what he describes as his quest “to be part of the change for the better good of the people.”

Today, he is a policy analyst working for the Governor’s Delivery Unit of DKI Jakarta Province. The unit, centred in Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta, is working to implement a five-year political program of key projects supported by the governor elected in 2017.

“I’m directly involved in developing regulations and debottlenecking issues, with the aim of seeing the program delivered as it was designed, and in a timely manner,” says Hassan.

 “This is actually what I have dreamed of – being part of the change for the better good of the people. By advising political leaders, my impact is imminent and reaches to a broad coverage area.”

Hassan, who is committed to sustainable development for Indonesia, has been instrumental in the country’s clean energy program. Along with establishing the 5,000 MW solar PV Program, he has a leadership role in the government’s Rural and Remote Electrification Program, which aims to electrify 12,000 villages.

He’s also in charge of establishing a social support program for low and no-income seniors, which plans to help 150,000 seniors by 2022, and has been given the job on ensuring delivery of Indonesia’s first Waste to Energy Power plant, and several wastewater projects in Jakarta.

With training in systematic thinking, engineers bring great technical skill sets to public policy, says Hassan. He believes they should also seek out non-technical skills in communications, leadership and social science.

 “Engineers should learn about economics, art, communications, and politics, and have at least a sense of how all the things interact with each other,” he says.