Graduated as an engineer from Khartoum University in 1945.
After engineering fellowships in England and America he joined the Ministry of Irrigation and rose to the rank of under-secretary. He worked on many important development projects such as the Gezira scheme, the Managil scheme, and the electrification projects at the Khashm el Girba dam and the Sennar dam. He was seconded as a United Nations irrigation consultant to the African Development Bank.
He served as deputy president of the International Corporation for Dams and played a key role in the Nile Waters treaty registration as president of the joint technical committee set up by Egypt and the Sudan.
Irrigation engineer with a high reputation going far beyond the Sudan as a United Nations advisor and a distinguished expert at international conferences. After working on many electrification projects at dams he was brought into government to help plan the expansion of public building and services.