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Before joining QF in 2012, Dr. Al-Ibrahim had worked on designing the Qatar National Research Strategy as part of the RAND Think-tank team, where he led the Health component discussion of the strategy. While at RAND Qatar Policy Institute, he gained international experience in developing public policies working as a Research Project Manager and an Associate Analyst. Dr. Al-Ibrahim also worked with the Supreme Council for Health to develop a clinical services framework for clinical service planning. He also worked on two projects for the Qatar National Food Security Program to develop the budget for its master plan and to support human resources planning through the engagement of key stakeholders.
Dr. Al-Ibrahim serves as a Board member of ESCWA Technology Centre Board of Governance and as a National Coordinator of the MENA Innovation Dashboard.
Dr. Al-Ibrahim has a medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Executive M.B.A. from HEC Paris and currently he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Policy at King's College.
Dr. Hamad Al-Ibrahim
Executive Vice President of Research and Development
Dr Al-Derham assumed the position on 15 June 2015. He was previously Vice-President for Research from 2007 during which he guided QU to its current position as leader of research excellence in the GCC region, which was enhanced by its continuous success in winning the largest percentage of grants in the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) and Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) under the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).
He also served in several earlier roles at QU including Associate VP for Research and Head of Civil Engineering at the College of Engineering.
He holds a PhD and Post-Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management from University of South Wales, UK which followed obtaining a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, USA. His undergraduate is in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, USA.
During his term as VP for Research, Dr Al-Derham successfully developed and implemented the organization’s research policies, procedures, and priorities as well as an ambitious research road map fielding strategic national priorities.
Additionally, under his leadership, several research centers were initiated including the Gas Processing Center, Qatar Road Safety Studies Center, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, KINDI Lab for Computing Research, Laboratory Animal Research Center, and the Biomedical Research Center. He also led the inauguration of the organization’s multi-million-dollar Research Complex.
Dr Al-Derham’s research interests include construction productivity, project optimization, legal contracts and procurement. In 2009, along with his research team, he won Best Paper of the Year in ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. He is also a member of several professional international societies and organizations.
Dr. Hassan Al-Derham
President of Qatar University
Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa
CEO of Qatar Development Bank
Fahad Hamad Al-Mohannadi
General Manager of Qatar Electricity and Water Company
Dr. Nasser S. Al-Mohannadi
Research and Technology Center Manager at Qatar Petroleum
Mr. Nelsen is a director of Agios Pharmaceuticals, Juno Therapeutics, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Sapphire Energy, Fate Therapeutics, Sage Pharmaceuticals, Syros Pharmaceuticals, Ensemble Therapeutics, and serves as Chairman of Hua Medicine. He also serves as a Trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, the Institute for Systems Biology, and is a director of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Nelsen holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Puget Sound with majors in Economics and Biology
Co-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners
Prior the merger, in Nokia Networks, he was the Head for Strategy & Technology unit. Pekka joined Nokia in 1987 and held several global business management position within Nokia Networks, such as the Head of Radio Networks Business Unit, and prior to that the Head of Broadband Wireless business alongside System & Business Development activities. Pekka has been stationed five years in the US where he was VP of M&S of Nokia Telecommunications, and two years in Paris, France where he was heading the Nokia Telecommunications team in the European Cellular Consortium Program. Mr Pekka Soini also was member of the Board of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries during the years 2010 – 2012. Mr Soini is a member in several governmental and business councils and boards including the Research and Innovation Council of Finland chaired by the Prime Minister and a board member of the Technology Academy Finland.Pekka Soini was born in Finland in 1960. He holds a M.Sc. in Control Engineering from the University of Oulu. [email protected]
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