ARC'18 speakers to be confirmed.
ARC'16 Keynote Speakers
  • Dr. Elias Zerhouni
  • Dr. Hassan Al Derham
  • Mr. Suresh Sachi
  • Mr. Christopher Coburn
  • Dr. Maher Hakim
  • Natasha Kaplinsky

Dr. Elias Zerhouni

President, Global R&D, Sanofi, and former Director of NIH,USA

Dr. Elias Zerhouni

A native of Algeria where he received his basic education and training, his academic career was spent at the renowned Johns Hopkins University and Hospital where he is currently professor of Radiology and Biomedical engineering and senior adviser for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He served as Chair of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine from 1996 to 2002 before his appointment as Director of the National Institutes of Health of the United States of America from 2002 to 2008. He has authored over 200 publications, holds eight patents and has founded or co-founded 5 start-up companies. Dr Zerhouni holds a number of prominent positions on prestigious Boards, including most recently, Senior Fellow of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, the board of trustees of the Mayo Clinic and the Lasker Foundation. Among his many honors, Dr Zerhouni earned membership into the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2000 and the prestigious Legion of Honor medal from the French National Order in 2008. He was appointed as Chair of Innovation at the College de France and elected to membership at the French Academy of Medicine in 2010.

He was appointed to his present position on January 2011.

Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham

President of Qatar University

Qatar University’s 6th President Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham holds a PhD and Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Project Management from University of South Wales following an MSc Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. Previously VP for Research, he guided QU to its current position as leader in research excellence in the region.

Mr. Suresh Sachi

Deputy Managing Director, A*STAR

Suresh Sachi joined A*STAR in April 2002. He is qualified lawyer admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore and is also a qualified Patent Agent.

As DMD (Corporate & Legal), he oversees the corporate functions for the Agency and supporting the Research Councils and Exploit Technologies in performing the functions of Finance, Corporate Communications, Infrastructure Planning & Facilities Management, and Information Systems & Technology. Part of his role is to ensure that A*STAR’s resources are deployed in an efficient and integrated manner.

Suresh Sachi concurrently serves as the Agency’s General Counsel, taking charge of all legal and intellectual property matters. He is responsible for establishing, implementing and maintaining A*STAR’s legal, intellectual property, risk management and compliance policies.

Before joining A*STAR, Suresh Sachi was in private legal practice in a leading law firm where he was a partner in the Technology and Intellectual Property Department.

He has represented many public and private organisations, including A*STAR Research Institutes, local and foreign institutes of higher learning and has significant experience working with multi-national corporations, public listed companies, small and medium enterprises as well as hi-tech start up companies.

Suresh Sachi has served on the Boards of a number of A*STAR companies, including Exploit Technologies. He was on the Board of Governors of the IP Academy for several years and currently serves as an advisor to the IP Academy. Suresh Sachi is a founding member, Past-President, and currently Vice-President of the Licensing Executives Society Singapore. Suresh Sachi served for more than 10 years on the Ethics Committee of the Singapore Eye Research Institute and is now a member of the SingHealth Centralised Institutional Review Board. He was an active member of the Biomedical Sciences Executive Committee, Intellectual Capital Working Group (Intellectual Property Sub-Committee) and is a member of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Mentorship Funding Scheme Committee.

Mr. Christopher Coburn

Vice President, Innovation, Partners HealthCare

Chris Coburn is Vice President, Innovation, Partners HealthCare. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Partners is the nation’s largest academic research enterprise with nearly $1.5 billion in research.

Mr. Coburn leads a team of 80 tasked with the commercial application of the unique capabilities and discoveries of Partners’ 60,000 employees. His unit’s responsibilities include technology business development, company creation, management and commercialization of all breakthroughs of Partners’ Harvard Medical School appointed faculty and its core hospitals – Harvard University affiliates Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital.

Prior to joining Partners, Mr. Coburn founded Cleveland Clinic Innovations and served for 13 years as its Executive Director. During his tenure Cleveland Clinic spun off 57 companies that raised more than $700 million in equity financing. Cleveland Clinic had no technology based spin-offs before Coburn’s arrival. He also implemented a national Innovation Alliance in which Cleveland Clinic managed technology commercialization for healthcare systems throughout the United States.

Mr.Coburn has served on numerous corporate and community boards including Autonomic Technologies, Explorys, and the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (NYSE:USU). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Assessing the Value of Research in Meeting National Goals. He is a former Vice President and General Manager of Battelle Memorial Institute. He has consulted, testified and spoken on innovation and commercialization throughout North America and in nearly 30 countries. He and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children.

Dr. Maher Hakim

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Dr. Maher Hakim is currently an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar where he teaches courses on innovation entrepreneurship, business technology consulting, and business and data analytics.
Dr. Hakim has 20 years of experience as a tech entrepreneur and a corporate executive in the information technology industry. Between 1994 and 2012, Dr. Hakim cofounded five technology startup companies and served in various management roles at large software companies such as Infor and Autodesk.

Dr. Hakim is a sought-out expert and educator in technology innovation & entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship financing, and M&A (merger and acquisitions) in the tech industry. In addition to teaching, Dr. Hakim is a board member, advisor and a mentor to several tech startup companies and is an active angel investor. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer-Aided Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1993) and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1990).

Natasha Kaplinsky

News Presenter and Journalist, UK

Natasha Kaplinsky is known as one of television’s best-loved broadcasters.

She is currently one of the anchors for the ITN network and for the previous three years was the ‘face of Five’, anchoring the channel’s main evening news programme.

Before her role at Five News, Natasha spent five years working at the BBC. Her time there began by co-presenting Breakfast with Dermot Murnaghan. This daily three-hour live show, combining news, current affairs and softer items, was where she developed a reputation for incisive interviewing combined with a gentle touch where necessary. Her success on the show led to Natasha’s move to co-present the Six O’clock News, where she stayed for two years.

Alongside her news-casting Natasha is widely known for her triumphant appearance on the BBC’s prime time Saturday night show Strictly Come Dancing, becoming the shows first ever Champion! Natasha went on to perform in the Christmas special a year later and co-presented the second series with Bruce Forsyth.

Natasha has also enjoyed the chance to host a variety of factual and entertainment programmes. Most recently ITV’s The People’s Medal, Missing and On the Run which sees Natasha and co-presenter Mark Williams-Thomas follow an undercover team as they attempt to track down and capture wanted criminals so they can be brought to justice.

In 2012 Natasha fronted a 6-part entertainment series, Born to Shine, which aired live on Sunday nights on ITV1. The series supported Save the Children’s No Child Born to Die campaign, of which Natasha has been an Ambassador since 2010. She has also hosted New Year Live for the BBC, and joined Terry Wogan to co-present Making Your Mind Up, both for BBC1, the Proms, BAFTA red carpet coverage, The VE Day Celebrations with Eamonn Holmes, live from Trafalgar Square, and appeared on numerous current affairs and chat shows.

In September 2007, Natasha was the subject of one episode of the popular BBC1 television series, Who Do You Think You Are?

As an ambassador for Save the Children Natasha has had the opportunity to travel widely with the charity, with visits to South Africa, Mozambique, India, Sierra Leone and Jordan, visiting Save The Children Projects and promoting their work worldwide.

Natasha lives between London and Sussex with her husband and their son, Arlo, born in September 2008, and daughter, Angelica, who was born in April 2010, and a growing assortment of animals. She combines her family life with a busy schedule of broadcast and corporate work, and guest appearances.

Natasha’s extensive corporate portfolio ranges from large scale awards hosting to conference facilitating, to in-house DVDs. Natasha’s intelligent and professional, yet personal approach makes her an engaging host for a wide range of events.



  • Dr. Said Ahzi
  • Dr. Khaled A. Al-Subai
  • Prof. Sukekatsu Ushioda
  • Dr. David Mitzi
  • Dr. Jörg Bagdahn
  • Dr. Mounir Hamdi
  • Prof. Michael Stonebraker
  • Dr. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid
  • Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa
  • Prof. Hilal Lashuel
  • Dr. Alexander Knuth
  • Dr. Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra
  • Dr. Asma Al-Thani
  • Dr. Francesco Marincola
  • Dr. Hadi Abderrahim
  • Dr. Erik Stenehjem
  • Dr. Anna Grichting
  • Dr. Joan Clos
  • Dr. Sultan Barakat
  • Prof. Patricia McCarney
  • Prof. Julia Lane
  • Prof. Gerhard Schmitt
  • Mr. Hamad Al Kuwari
  • Ms. Haya Al Ghanim
  • Dr. Danny Ramadan
  • Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie
  • Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari
  • Dr. Philippe Freyssinet
  • Dr. Thenaa K. Said
  • Dr. Munir Tag
  • Dr. Michael Reksulak
  • Ms. Noor Al-Merekhi

Dr. Said Ahzi

Acting Research Director, Materials Science Group Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Said Ahzi

Dr. Said Ahzi joined QEERI at Qatar Foundation as Principal Investigator on August 2014 and he was nominated as joint faculty member at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, as Full Professor, on June 2014. He comes from the University of Strasbourg where he holds a position as a distinguished full Professor (Exceptional Class). Dr. Said Ahzi received his PhD (1987) and Habilitation (1995) degrees in Physics and Mechanics and of Materials, both from the University of Metz, France.

In January 2000, he joined the University of Strasbourg - France, Faculty of Physics and Engineering, as full Professor. He holds an Adjunct Professor position with the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech.), Atlanta – USA. He also was an associate research member with TEMA laboratory at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. From 1995 to 2000, he held the position of Assistant then Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University, SC, USA. Dr. Ahzi spent four years as Research Scientists & Lecturer at the Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences at the University of California at San Diego, CA, USA, and four years as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA. He published more than 250 papers in the areas of materials science, applied mechanics and processing.

Dr. Khaled A. Al-Subai

Acting Executive Director, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Khaled A. Al-Subai

Dr. Al-Subai joined Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Foundation, in 2013 as the Scientific Director of Special Projects and became QEERI’s Acting Executive Director in October 2015. In 1983 Dr. Al-Subai joined Ministry of Industry and in 1989 joined Qatar Petroleum where he spends over 23 years holding many positions at different departments from Petroleum Engineer to Reservoir Engineers. From 2009-2012 he served as the Director of Research Coordination and Compliance at Qatar Foundation’s Research Division. He received the Science & Innovation Award from Arabian Business Achievement. 2013

Dr. Khalid Al-Subai received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2007. He completed his Master Degree in Astronomy at the University of Sydney in 1999 and a Master Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1989.

Dr. Al-Subai’s research focuses in finding and discovering new exoplanet around similar stars as our sun or smaller. Currently our research method for finding exoplanet is transit and Microlensing. This includes setting up the observation stations, detecting, following-up the candidates and confirming them. He was the discoverer of Qatar-1b & Qatar-b exoplanet.

Prof. Sukekatsu Ushioda

President, National Institute for Materials Japan

Prof. Sukekatsu Ushioda

Professor Sukekatsu Ushioda, a native of Japan, was born in 1941. He was educated in Japan through high school, and then moved to the United States in 1960. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1964. He obtained his M.S. (1965) and Ph.D. (1969), in Physics, from the University of Pennsylvania. After his Ph.D. he held the positions of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Full Professor at the University of California - Irvine(1969-1985). From 1985 to 2004, he was Full Professor at Tohoku University (1985-2004). He served as Director of RIKEN Photodynamics Research Center (2003-2005), and as President of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology from 2004 to 2008.

He was a Fellow of the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) from 2008 to 2009, before assuming his present position of President of NIMS since 2009. He also served as President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (2008-2014). Professor Ushioda is a fellow of the American Physical Society and Associate Member of the Science Council of Japan. He served as President of The Physical Society of Japan (2003-2004) and International Councilor of the American Physical Society (2004-2006).

Professor Ushioda is a member of the Board of Editors for Solid State Communications, and served as Editor of Applied Surface Science (2000-2003) and Associate Editor of Physical Review B (2004-2010).

Dr. David Mitzi

Prof. Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Duke University, USA

Dr. David Mitzi

Dr. David Mitzi is currently a Professor with joint appointments to the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Chemistry at Duke University. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics from Princeton University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1990. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke in 2014, Dr. Mitzi spent 23 years at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, where his focus was on the search for and application of new electronic materials, including organic-inorganic hybrids and inorganic materials for photovoltaic, LED, transistor and memory applications.

For his final five years at IBM, he served as manager for the Photovoltaic Science and Technology Department, where he initiated and managed a multi-company program to develop a low-cost, high-throughput approach to deposit thin-film chalcogenide-based absorber layers for high-efficiency solar cells. Dr. Mitzi’s current research interests are making emerging photovoltaic materials more effective, cost-efficient and competitive for the energy market. He holds a number of patents, and has authored or coauthored more than 190 papers and book chapters.

Dr. Jörg Bagdahn

Director, Fraunhofer CSP, Germany

Dr. Jörg Bagdahn

Dr. Jörg Bagdahnis directors of the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP and full professor for “Photovoltaic Materials” at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. His current research activities are in the areas of material science of photovoltaics materials, durability of photovoltaics and storage systems. He is the author of more than 60 papers and holds several patents.

Dr. JoergBagdahn holds a diploma and a Ph. D. in material science from the Technical University of Chemnitz and Martin-Luther-University Halle, respectively. From 2000 until 2002 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) on long term reliability of thin silicon films for sensor applications. In 2003 he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials and worked there as a group leader and later as head of the department “Microelectronics and Microsystems” before becoming the director of the Fraunhofer CSP in 2007.

Dr. Mounir Hamdi

Dean, College of Science and Engineering Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Mounir Hamdi

Mounir Hamdiis The founding Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to design and analysis of high-speed packet switching, which is the highest research distinction bestowed by IEEE.

Before joining HBKU, he was Chair Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In 1999 to 2000 he held visiting professor positions at Stanford University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering minor (with distinction) from the University of Louisiana in 1985, and the MS and the PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and 1991, respectively.

His area of research is in high-speed wired/wireless networking in which he has published more than300publications and graduated more 50MS/PhD students. In addition, he has frequently consulted for companies and governmental organizations in the USA, Europe and Asia. He is also a frequent keynote speaker in International Conferences and Forums, is/was on the Editorial Board ofmore than 10 prestigious journals and magazines, and has chaired more than 20 international conferences and workshops.

In addition to his commitment to research and professional service, he is also a dedicated teacher and quality-assurance educator. He received the best 10 lecturers award and the distinguished engineering teaching appreciation award from HKUST. He is frequently involved in higher education quality assurance activities as well as engineering programs accreditation all over the world.

Michael Ralph Stonebraker

Computer Scientist Specializing in Database Research Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Michael Ralph Stonebraker

Michael Ralph Stonebrakeris a computer scientist specializing in database research. Through a series of academic prototypes and commercial startups, Stonebraker's research and products are central to many relational database systems on the market today. He is also the founder of a number of database companies, including Ingres, Illustra, Cohera, StreamBase Systems, Vertica, VoltDB, Tamr and Paradigm. He was previously the chief technical officer (CTO) of Informix. He is also an editor for the book Readings in Database Systems.

Stonebraker earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1965 and his master's degree and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1967 and 1971,respectively. He has received several awards, including the IEEE John von Neumann Medal and the first SIGMODEdgar F. Codd Innovations Award. In 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.In 1997 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In March 2015 it was announced he won the 2014 ACM Turing Award.

Michael Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, for twenty-nine years, where he developed the Ingres and Postgres relational database systems. He is currently an adjunct professor at MIT, where he has been involved in the development of the Aurora,C-Store, H-Store, Morpheus, and SciDB systems.

Dr. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid

Executive Director Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid

Dr. Elmagarmid is the Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a national research institute under Hamad bin Khalifa University, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Since his appointment in 2010, Dr. Elmagarmid has driven the Institute’s vision to bring positive impact to citizens and society by focusing on large-scale computing challenges that address national priorities for growth and development.

Before joining Qatar Foundation, Dr. Elmagarmid held a number of prestigious posts in academia and industry. He has held faculty positions at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Padova, and Purdue University, where he had been actively involved in teaching and research for 25 years.

Dr. Elmagarmid served as a chief scientist in HP’s Office of Strategy and Technology and has worked with or consulted for Telcordia Technology, Bellcore, IBM, CSC, Harris, D. H. Brown and Associates, MCC, Bell Northern Research, Molecular Design Labs, SOGEI (Italy) and UniSql. Dr. Elmagarmid serves as the Vice Chair of the IT Executive Committee of Sidra Medical and Research Centre and is on the board of directors of Meeza. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Kasra (formerly MENAPOST) and Qatar National Library and a member of Qatar Genome Project Committee and Sidra’s External Scientific Advisory Council.

Dr. Elmagarmid is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator award from President Ronald Reagan. He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Fellow, and an AAAS Fellow. The University of Dayton and Ohio State University have both named him among their distinguished alumni. Dr. Elmagarmid has chaired and served on several program committees and editorial boards.

Dr. Elmagarmid is an accomplished and well-published scientist, authoring six books and more than 180 papers, and has run several well-funded research programs.

Dr. Elmagarmid received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Dayton (1977) and his M.S. (1981) and Ph.D (1985) from Ohio State University.

Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa

Prof. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science California Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa

Dr. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the California Institute of Technology, and Chairman of Machine Learning Consultants LLC. His main fields of expertise are Machine Learning (ML) and Computational Finance (CF). He is the author of Amazon's ML bestseller "Learning from Data". His ML online course (MOOC) has attracted more than two million views.

Dr. Abu-Mostafa received the Clauser Prize for the most original doctoral thesis at Caltech. He received the Caltech undergraduate and graduate teaching awards 5 times, and the Richard P. Feynman prize. He is the co-founder of the annual conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), the top international ML conference. In 2005, the Hertz Foundation established a perpetual graduate fellowship named the Abu-Mostafa Fellowship in his honor.

Dr. Abu-Mostafa has served on the Scientific Advisory Board and as a technical consultant on ML for several start-up and established companies, including Citibank for 9 years. He has numerous technical publications including 3 articles in Scientific American, as well as keynote lectures at various international conferences.

Prof. Hilal Lashuel

Executive Director, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation

Prof. Hilal Lashuel

Dr. Hilal A. Lashuel received his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from the City University of New York in 1994 and completed his doctoral studies at Texas A&M University and the Scripps Research Institute in 2000. After obtaining his doctoral degree, he became a research fellow at the Picower Institute for Medical Research in Long Island New York. In 2001, he moved to Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women's Hospital as a research fellow in the Center for Neurologic Diseases and was later promoted to an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. During his tenure (2001-2004) at Harvard Medical School his work focused on understanding the mechanisms of protein misfolding and aggregation and the role of these processes in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. In 2005 Dr. Lashuel moved Switzerland to join the Brain Mind Institute at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne as a tenure-track assistant professor in neurosciences. Currently, Dr. Lashuel is an associate professor of life sciences (in leave of absence) and the director of the laboratory of molecular and chemical biology of neurodegeneration.

(http://lashuel-lab.epfl.ch/). In April 2014, Dr. Lashuel joined Qatar foundation as the Executive Director of Qatar Biomedical Research Institute.

Currently, Dr. Lashuel serves in several important national committees and boards, including the Qatar Cancer Research Partnership (Co-Chair), Academic Health System Board and Steering Committee (member), Qatar Biobank (member of the board of trustees and Chair of the international advisory committee), Qatr Metabolic Institute (Board Member and Chair of the research working group) and Qatar National Research Fund exceptional grant review committee (a permanent member).

Dr. Lashuel scientific contribution to this field includes i) 121 publications in major peer reviewed journals including Nature, Cell, PNAS, JBC, JACS, and Angewandtie Chemie ii) three patents on novel strategies for preventing protein aggregation and treating autoimmune and inflammatory diseases; iii) more than 200 invited lectures since 2002 and 11000 citations (h index = 51) since 1996. Dr. Lashuel has received several pre-doctoral and post-doctoral awards and fellowships. In 2012 he was the recipient of two prestigious awards given to young investigators; Human Science Frontiers young investigator research award and the European Research Council (ERC) starting independent researcher grant and the ERC proof of concept award (2013). Dr. Lashuel was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012 and as one of the "100 outstanding personalities” in the French speaking part of Switzerland by the Swiss business magazine L'Hebdo in 2009.

Dr. Alexander Knuth

Medical Director National Center for Cancer Care and Research, Qatar

Dr. Alexander Knuth

Prof. Dr. Med. Habil.K. R. Alexander Knuth serves as the Medical Director of NCCCR (National Center for Cancer Care and Research) at Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar since September 2013. As of August 2013 he is professor emeritus of the University of Zurich where he held the Chair of Internal Medicine/Oncology since 2003. From 1991 until his appointment in Zürich he established and chaired the Department of Oncology/Hematology at KrankenhausNordwest, an Academic Teaching Hospital of the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

His medical training he received at academic institutions in Berlin (D), Zürich (CH) and Mainz (D), including a clinical and research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, (USA) and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle, (USA). His clinical research focus is on ‘Cancer Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy’.

His pioneering work in human cancer immunology led to the discovery of multiple human cancer antigens including MAGE, the first candidate of the so-called Cancer/Testis (CT) family of cancer antigens. He authored and co-authored over 250 research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, reviews and book chapters. He holds over 175 patents in the field of cancer immunology and cancer immunotherapy.

Dr. Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra

Chairman, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar

Dr. Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra

Dr. Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra is the Chairman of Medicine of Hamad Medical Corporation and Professor of Medicine at WCMC-Q since Jan 2013. He is an MD/PhD physician scientist with clinical and research skills. Prior to coming to Qatar he was Chief of Endocrinology at the Wayne State University, Detroit, USA (5 years); attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital; and Instructor, Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Principal Investigator of NIH-funded grants (21 years), Boston, Massachusetts. He is certified in internal medicine and endocrinology, diabetes and metabolic diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

His research was continuously(1986-2012) funded by the National Institutes of Health for studying G protein-coupled receptors, insulin action and nutritionally regulated genes. Dr. Abou-Samra published over 150 original papers in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to 5 USA patents. He was member of the endocrine study section of the National Institute of Health and continues to be member of editorial board for several international journals.

He is currently Lead PI on 2 QNRF funded projects. He Co-Chairs the Qatar National Diabetes Committee, which developed the Qatar national diabetes strategy; and chairs a steering committee with the mandate to develop the Qatar Metabolic Institute.

Dr. Asma Al-Thani

Associate Professor, Qatar University, Qatar Biobank, and the Qatar Genome Project

Dr Asma Al-Thani is an Associate Professor of Virology at the Biomedical Program - Department of Health Sciences- College of Arts and Sciences. Dr Al-Thani obtained her Ph.D degree in (2005) from the University of London in the United Kingdom.

Since 2005, Dr Al-Thani has served as an Assistant Professor of Virology at Qatar University until 2011, when she was promoted to the position of Associate Professor.

Dr Al-Thani also fulfills roles as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar since 2011, as Vice Chairperson of the Qatar Biobank Board since 2010 at Qatar foundation, nominate to be Chair of National Genome Qatar Committee since December 2013, Director of Biomedical Research Center at Qatar University from Fall 2014 and Dean of College of Health Sciences on 2016.

Dr Al-Thani has numerous published articles in her field of expertise including, 36 published papers in peer-reviewed international journals. She has also obtained several research grants, including 7 Qatar university grants, 13 UREP grants and 4 NPRP grants. She was the recipient of the First Prize of Sheikh Hummaid Bin Rashid for Culture and Sciences for research on Bird Flu and means of prevention in December 2006 and was awarded a prize, from the Al-Jasra Cultural Club-Qatar for student research competition titled, Variety of resident nationalities in Qatar and its effect or presence of new disease in the Qatari society in April 2008. Dr Al-Thani was given recognition through the Qatar University Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2012. College of Arts and Sciences Research wards 2012 and Arab Paediatric Medical Research Awards 2015. Best student award Poster in the field of Health, Biomedical Sciences in Qatar Foundation Research Forum 2012 and 2nd Winner of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)’s Sixth Annual UREP Competition 2014.

Dr Al Thani is an active member in several external committees: Institutional Review Board and Institutional Bio-Safety Committee- Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (since 2009), Qatar Health Research Ethics Committee- Supreme council of health – Qatar (since 2009), and National Cancer Research committee-SCH (since 2011). She works as reviewer for several scientific journals and conferences and is a member in the American society for Microbiology.

Dr. Francesco Marincola

MD - Chief Research Officer, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar Foundation

Dr Francesco M Marincola, MD, FACS, is the inaugural Chief Research Officer of Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha, Qatar. He is also Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Before this position, Dr. Marincola was a tenured investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He had a position of Chief of the Infectious Disease and Immunogenetics Section (IDIS), Department of Transfusion Medicine, Clinical Center and Associate Director, trans-NIH Center for Human Immunology (CHI), National Institutes of Heath, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He was also Director of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) Center for Excellence (FCE)at NIH and the Greater Washington Area.

He is also Immediate Past President of the Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer.

Dr. Marincola founded in 2003 and is the current Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Translational Medicine; he is also Co-Editor-in-Chief, Clinical and Translational Medicine, and US Senior Editor of Immunotherapy, Associate Editor for The Journal of Immunotherapy, Tumori, and Clinical Cancer Research. He is also Adjunct Professor at Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China, First Military Medical University, Tonghe, Guangzhou, China, Shenzhen Institute of Xiangxya Biomedicine, Shenzhen, China and Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia.

Dr Marincola served and serves on several advisory Boards including currently the NCI and Cancer Immunology Trial Network.

Dr. Marincola received his MD, summa cum laude from the University of Milan, and he completed his surgery training at Stanford University.

Dr. Marincola is author of more than 600 peer reviewed research articles, his work has been cited more than 23,000 times with an average of 1,500 citations per year and an H index of 76. He has been invited to speak at over 300 national and international meetings. Dr. Marincola is the second most cited scientist in the field of melanoma during the last ten years.

Dr Marincola’s research interest lies primarily in translational medicine and focuses on the development of strategies for the dynamic study of patients’ responses to therapies. His approach has brought seminal observation regarding the mechanisms leading to rejection of tumors, allograft, graft versus host disease and leading to the development of autoimmunity.

Dr. Hadi Abderrahim

Director, Qatar Biobank for Medical Research, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Hadi Abderrahim

Experience in academic settings (CEPH, Cold spring Harbor, Stanford University) as well as Biotech and Pharma. Biotechnology and pharmaceutical executive with more than 20 years experience in human genetics and biomarker development and studying the effect of genetic factors on reactions to drugs and personalised medicine.

As Head of Genetics and Biomarkers at Merck Serono, a pharmaceutical company based in Geneva, Dr Abderrahim oversaw the strategies for patient stratification in personalized medicine and established a central Biobank based in Italy.

Prior to that, as Head of Genetics and Genomics Platforms at Genset in Paris, Dr Abderrahim set up a genetic and genomic platform with application to studying complex traits and diseases and a Pharmacogenetics team devoted to identify responders to drug treatments. He obtained his M.D. speciality in Genetic counseling from Hopital Necker, Paris, and he has a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and an executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Identification of disease genes and susceptibility factors: Identification of disease susceptibility genes and pathways, Multiple sclerosis, Lupus, RA (genome wide and candidate gene analysis) Biomarker identification: Support research and discovery, allowing genetic and genomic validation of all new drug targets as well as pathway analysis for pharmacodynamic marker identification (genetic, genomic, proteomic and cell assays) and translation to clinical grade, including GLP analysis.

Patient stratification, companion diagnostics: Patient stratification of Merck Serono pipeline, For marketed drugs (Rebif, Erbitux) by Identification of novel biomarkers for main and additional indications(lung cancer). Generation and exection of Biomarker plans for clinical studies for new drugs in development (C-Met, Stimuvax, Cladribine)

A genome-wide association study in progressive multiple sclerosis. Martinelli-Boneschi F, Esposito F, Brambilla P, Lindström E, Lavorgna G, Colombo B, Sorosina M, Martinelli V, Booth D, Oturai AB, Stewart G, Harbo HF, Kilpatrick TJ, Hillert J, Rubio JP, Abderrahim H, Wojcik J, Comi G. Mult Scler. 2012 Oct;18(10):1384-94. Epub 2012 Mar 28.

MGAT5 alters the severity of multiple sclerosis B. Brynedal , J. Wojcik, F. Esposito, V. Debailleul, J. Yaouanq , F. Martinelli-Boneschi, G. Edan , G. Comi, J. Hillert, H. Abderrahim J Neuroimmunol. 2010 Mar 30;220(1-2):120-4

MGAT5 and disease severity in progressive multiple sclerosis. Esposito F, Wojcik J, Rodegher M, Radaelli M, Moiola L, Ghezzi A, Capra R, Brambilla P, Sorosina M, Giacalone G, Martinelli V, Comi G, Abderrahim H, Martinelli Boneschi F. J Neuroimmunol. 2011 Jan;230(1-2):143-7.

Functional variants in the B-cell gene BANK1 are associated with systemic lupus erythematosus Sergey V Kozyrev, Anna-Karin Abelson, Jerome Wojcik, Ana Suarez, Peter Junker, Helle Laustrup, Maria Francisca González-Escribano, Javier Martin, Hadi Abderrahim & Marta E Alarcón-Riquelme Nature Genetics 40, 211 - 216 (2008)

Dr. Erik Stenehjem

Executive Director, Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Qatar Foundation Research and Development

Dr. Erik Stenehjem

I was recruited to join a team of outstanding scientists, innovators and engineers to assist in the transition of Qatar from an economy dependent on petro-chemicals to one based on knowledge and innovation. The Qatar Foundation for Research and Development was created to house this effort and I currently serve there as its Executive Director for IP Management and Commercialization. In the past two years, the first office of its kind was established, the first QF IP policy was developed and approved by the Board of the Foundation, 15 international professionals were hired, a world-class IP management system was installed, a portfolio of 280 inventions has been assembled and the office has been assigned a host of new responsibilities.

The IP policy is grounded in the theory that in today’s knowledge economies, ideas are assets that when protected and beneficially put to work produce wealth. This has resulted in the development of a comprehensive analysis of the marketability and beneficial ownership of all reported inventions. Using similar tools, the office is helping to set the research agenda of the Foundation by identifying areas of research within the broad research priorities of Qatar where breakthroughs are most likely to be found and where competitors and potential collaborators can be found. By being able to focus on outcomes, the utilization and commercialization potential of the research is enhanced. Other Qatari institutions, including Qatar University and the Hamad Medical Corporation, have sought us out to help them keep track of, manage and commercialize their technologies. The office provides the Foundation with estimates of the value of its research portfolio using auditable procedures implemented by Financial Reporting Standards. This permits a proxy estimate of the direct value of research outcomes and a benchmark against which to assess the proper terms for licensing. Recently, the office has launched the “Al-Khabeer” (The Expert) program to help Qatari residents interested in entrepreneurism assistance in protecting their inventions and identifying appropriate business .

Dr. Anna Grichting

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Qatar University Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA,

Dr. Anna Grichting

Anna Grichting is an architect, urbanist and musician from Switzerland and she graduated with a Doctor of Design in Urbanism from Harvard University. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University, teaching courses in Sustainable Architecture, Urban and Landscape Design, and Architectural Design Projects. Her fields of research and interest include Blue Design and Coastal Urbanism, Food Security and Food Urbanism in Drylands, Urban Biodiversity, the Urban Legacies of Mega Events, Healing Ecologies in Border Landscapes of Conflict, Public Art in Contemporary Urban Realm, Cultural and Memorial Landscapes and Ecotourism. She has lived, practiced and studied in England, Ireland, Switzerland, the USA, and the Gulf region, and conducted research in Cyprus, Korea, Berlin and Qatar. She is interested in holistic and systems approaches to Design and her academic experience includes teaching at the Universities of Geneva and Harvard, developing an Education Initiative for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and teaching the Balkans Peace Parks Academic Expedition Summer Course. As a musician, she has just released a CD with Desert Bridges in Qatar.

Dr. Joan Clos

Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Dr. Joan Clos

Dr. Joan Clos is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), at the level of Under Secretary General by the United Nations General Assembly. He has held this office since October 2010. Born in Barcelona on 29 June 1949, he is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms from 1997 until 2006.

He was Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as the Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan. He is a medicine graduate from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), and specialized in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Dr. Joan Clos then joined the Barcelona Municipal Government as the Director of Public Health in 1979.

As a city councillor between 1983 and 1987, he earned a reputation for improving municipal management and for urban renewal projects, notably managing the renovation of downtown Barcelona’s CiutatVella district. From 1990 to 1994, he was the Deputy Mayor in charge of finance and budgeting, playing a key role in preparations for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Dr. Joan Clos is also widely credited with inspiring far-reaching investment programmes for Barcelona. One of the most ambitious was the “Barcelona@22” programme, which gave the city’s dilapidated industrial zones a facelift. In 2004, one of these newly refurbished neighbourhoods near the old dockyards was chosen as the site for the second gathering of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum, the premier global conference on cities.

At the international level, in 1998 Dr. Clos was elected President of Metropolis, the international network of cities. Two years later, he was elected President of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities (WACLAC). Between 2000 and 2007, he served as the Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA). And between 1997 and 2003, he was member of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).

Dr. Clos received a number of awards, including a gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 for transforming Barcelona. In 2002, he won the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for encouraging global cooperation between local authorities and the United Nations.

Dr. Sultan Barakat

Director of Research, Brookings Doha Centre, Qatar

Dr. Sultan Barakat

Sultan Barakat is the director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. He is known for having pioneered both scholarship and practice in the field of post-war recovery. In 1993 he founded the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, a world-leading center at the University of York. Barakat's current research focuses on state fragility and recovery in the Middle East, as well as the role of Qatar in conflict mediation.

Barakat has been widely published, and has over 25 years of professional experience working on issues of conflict management, humanitarian response, and post-conflict recovery and transition. Much of his work has been based in, but not limited to, the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

His research focus includes strategic conflict assessment; post-war reconstruction and state-building; humanitarian action; education in emergencies; and program evaluation and value attribution. Underlying these themes is a principal research concern with public diplomacy towards the Muslim world and the effectiveness of the research-policy nexus.

Barakat has acted as principal investigator on numerous large-scale conflict and recovery research projects for the World Bank, the EU, U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, The Institute of International Education, United States Institute of Peace, the International Labour Organization, and others. Over the past three years, he has led an international multidisciplinary team in carrying out an education focused conflict analysis of Somalia on behalf of UNICEF; evaluated the effectiveness of the Afghanistan National Solidarity Program in terms of the reintegration of refugees on behalf of the World Bank; and completed a flagship Economic Social Research Council funded project investigating the impact of DFID-sponsored research on British state-building policy.

Professor Patricia McCarney

Director, Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto and President and CEO, World Council on City Data

Professor Patricia McCarne

Patricia McCarney is President and CEO of the World Council on City Data (WCCD) and is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Professor Patricia McCarney received her Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1987. She has served as Associate Vice President, International Research and Development at the University of Toronto.

Before joining the University of Toronto, between 1983 and 1994, Professor McCarney worked as a professional staff member in a number of international agencies, including the World Bank in Washington, and the United Nations – HABITAT in Nairobi.

Patricia McCarney is currently a member of the ISO Technical Committee 268, Sustainable Development in Communities, where she is Chair the Working Group on City Indicators. She was integral to the development of the newly published ISO 37120, the first International Standard for Cities. This ISO Working Group under her leadership is now building a family of three international standards on global city indicators for sustainable cities, resilient cities and smart cities.

Leading the World Council on City Data, Patricia McCarney is building a globally standardized data base for cities worldwide inviting cities worldwide to build city data in conformity with ISO 37120. As host of this new knowledge platform, the WCCD is positioned to be the leading global city data base with standardized, verified, comparable and open city data.

Prof. Julia Lane

Wagner School of Public Policy at New York University,USA

Prof. Julia Lane

Julia Lane is a Professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, and a NYU Provostial Fellow for Innovation Analytics.

Julia has published over 70 articles in leading economics journals, and authored or edited ten books. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow of the American Statistical Association. She has been the recipient of over $50 million in grants. Julia is the recipient of the 2014 Julius Shiskin award and the 2014 Roger Herriot award.

Julia has led many initiatives, including co-founding the UMETRICS and STAR METRICS programs at the National Science Foundation. She conceptualized and established a data enclave at NORC/University of Chicago. She also initiated and led the creation and permanent establishment of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program at the U.S. Census Bureau

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmitt

Chair of Information Architecture, Zurich

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmitt

Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich, Lead PI of the ETH Future Cities Responsive Cities Scenario, Founding Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore, and ETH Zurich Senior Vice President for ETH Global.

Gerhard Schmitt holds a Dipl.-Ing. and a Dr.-Ing. degree of the Technical University of Munich, TUM, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on ur-ban metabolism with the associated emissions, Smart Cities and linking Big Data with urban design, urban models, simulation and visualization. He and his team developed and taught the first Massive Open Online Courses on Future Cities and Liveable Cities.

From 1998-2008 he served as Vice President for Planning and Logistics and Member of the Board of ETH Zurich. He directed the development of ETH’s strategy and planning in cooperation with the 16 scientific departments. From 1984 to 1988 he conducted CAAD research and teaching at Carnegie Mellon University. He joined ETH Zürich in 1988. He was Visiting Professor at Harvard GSD, at the KatholiekeUniversiteit Leuven, the Technical University of Denmark and at the Technical University of Delft. From 2004-2007 he chaired the Visiting Committee of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Gerhard Schmitt initiated and conceptualized the sustainable ETH Science City Campus in Zürich and received for this work the 2010 European Culture of Science award.

Mr Hamad Al Kuwari

Managing Director, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Foundation

Mr Hamad Al Kuwari

As the Managing Director, Al Kuwari leads all operational and strategic aspects of Qatar Science & Technology Park development. Within this role, he identifies areas for synergies between resident companies while maintaining and enhancing liaison with governmental agencies over Free Zone legislations.

Al Kuwari is appointed by Qatar Foundation on the board of Qatar Academy Sidra. He is also a member of the limited tender committee of QF.

Hamad Al Kuwari holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from McNeese State University in Louisiana, USA, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Qatar University. Prior to joining QSTP, he was the Head of Mechanical Maintenance and Head of Maintenance support at ORYX GTL. At QP, he held the position of Senior Project Engineer in Offshore Projects and Pipeline Engineer in Major Projects.

Ms Haya Al Ghanim

Innovation Director, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Foundation

Ms Haya Al Ghanim

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Dr. Danny Ramadan

Acting Director of Strategic Research, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Danny Ramadan

Danny is responsible for managing the portfolio of applied technology development programs funded by QSTP. Additionally, he oversees the operation of the QSTP Incubator. In his role as Technology Investment Advisor, Danny manages the equity portfolio of the Park and advises the Managing Director on future transactions. Danny works to establish new engagements in which QSTP facilitates the local creation of new technologies. He has a Ph. D in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware and a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Franklin & Marshall College.

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie

Executive Director, QNRF, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari

Deputy Executive Director, QNRF, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari, also known as, A-Nasser Ansari, currently holds the position of Deputy Executive Director at the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), Qatar Foundation. He has 28 years of combined experience in Engineering, research, academia, training, and management. Earlier in his career in QNRF he was the QNRF Director Technical leading the technical team responsible for evaluating and monitoring the progress of funded research projects. When he started his career in QNRF, he was a member of the technical team holding the position of Program Manager, Electrical and Communication Engineering.

Dr. A-Nasser holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA. Before joining QNRF, he was a naval Brigadier Officer at the Qatari Emiri Naval Force where he held leading technical positions responsible for the naval electronic warfare systems and finally ending with the position of commanding the Qatari Naval School. His best contribution at the navy was the development of the training career path paralleling the academic and military career paths.

Throughout his graduate school career, Dr. A-Nasser was awarded a Teaching Assistantship (TA) position at the University of Miami, during which he was lecturing Electronics and signal processing courses, while at the same time perusing his research for his Doctoral degree program. In addition to his academic capabilities, he gained research experience in the fields of Biometrics, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Signal and Image Processing. Dr. A-Nasser’s research contribution was in three dimensional face-based biometric authentication and recognition system from frontal and profile facial images with published peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. A-Nasser earned the “Award of Academic Merit” by the graduate school of the University of Miami and the “Award of Education Excellence Day” by his highness the Emir of Qatar. He is currently a senior Associate Editor at the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, active Peer-Reviewer, and participant in few technical committees.

Dr. Philippe Freyssinet

Director – Energy & Environment, QNRF, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Philippe Freyssinet

Since May 2014, Dr. Philippe Freyssinet is Director for Energy and Environment at the Qatar National Research Fund. Prior joining Qatar Foundation, he was Deputy Director General of the French National Research Agency (ANR) in charge of scientific affairs.

In 2005, he joined ANR at its inception, first as Head of the Department on Sustainable Energies and Environment and then as Deputy Director General in 2010.

From 1999 to 2005, he managed the Department of Environment & Innovative Processes of BRGM (French Geological Survey). Previously he held a position of Principal Scientist to lead research on industrial wastes recycling and mining exploration technologies.

In 1989 he joined ANDRA (National radioactive wastes management agency) as scientist to carry out research on radioactive substances in the environment.

In 1988, he obtained a post-doc position at CSIRO (Perth, W. Australia) on the development of novel exploration technologies for the mining industry.

Ph. Freyssinet obtained a PhD in Earth Sciences in 1988 at the University of Strasbourg (France). Dr. Freyssinet published more than 100 papers and communications. Dr. Freyssinet was editor of the journal Geochemistry and is the past-president of the Association of Applied Geochemists.

Dr. Thenaa K. Said

Director – Biomedical & Health Sciences, QNRF, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Thenaa K. Said

Dr. Thenaa Said graduated from Baghdad University with a BSc in Pharmacy, MSc and PhD from the Department of Medical Biochemistry, Manchester Medical School, UK, In 1977, Dr. Said started her academic and research career as a lecturer at Al-Mustansiryah Medical School in Baghdad, Iraq, and had her first research lab and first grant from the WHO in 1980.

In 1991, Dr. Said spent sabbatical year in the Dept. of Medical Oncology in Health Science and Technology Center, University of Texas, San Antonio studying the signaling pathways of tyrosine phosphorylated proteins in different breast cancer tumor phenotypes. A year later, she joined the Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, where she was a faculty member until 2006. During this period, Dr. Said received research funds from NIH, DOD, Susan Komen foundation, AACR, as well as institutional funds, independently or in collaboration with other faculty members. Throughout her professional career, Dr. Said has been involved in teaching medical students, supervising graduate students, and leading her own research projects. Dr. Said’s research focused on studying normal mammary gland development and tumorigenesis utilizing various mouse mammary models. Data from Dr. Said’s research were published in 23 peer-reviewed international journals of high-impact value, Dr. Said joined QNRF in October, 2006, as a Program Manager in Biomedical and Health pillar, and currently she is the director of the same pillar. She contributed significantly to the development of QNRF’s research funding programs, review process, research guidelines and policies and regulations. Further, Dr. Said actively contributed in the development of the Qatar Biobank, the Qatar Cancer Research Strategies, in addition a member in steering committees for the personalized medicine thematic program and the diabetes research working group.

Dr. Munir Tag

Director – Information & Communication Technology, QNRF, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Munir Tag

Dr. Munir Tag is the Director for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). He holds a PhD in Computing Systems from the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), France and possesses 25 years of experience in academia and industry in research & development, leadership & management, business development, engineering, consulting and lecturing.

As part of his previous professional commitments, Dr Tag was involved and directed multi-partner R&D ICT projects in Europe funded by the European Commission, led international projects and held senior positions at France Telecom Group, Alcatel, Sema Group, Unisys and Computer Associates (CA). He was also a faculty member at the University of Paris VI and the American University of Paris.

Dr Tag supervised Master’s and Doctoral thesis and played an active role in developing R&D projects and programs. He published a number of scientific papers in ICT.

Throughout his professional career, he organized several international conferences and events and was a member of professional bodies such as the IEEE, the French Standardization Organization (AFNOR), the French chapter of International Standardization Organization (ISO) and the Internet Society (ISOC), Geneva.

His main domains of interest include distributed computing, future communication systems, and ICT in health and education.

Dr. Michael Reksulak

Director – Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, QNRF, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Michael Reksulak

Dr. Michael Reksulak is the Director for Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at the Qatar National Research Fund. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Melton Foundation, which is the only global Fellowship program that unites a network of more than 450 Fellows to act as global citizens addressing local and global challenges throughout their lives.

Previously a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Economics, he has been a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at Georgia Southern University, a Director of the Economics Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and a Senior Social Scientist at the NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

His research on public policy, political economy, antitrust and regulation, experimental methods and industrial organization, has been published in leading journals, such as Theory and Decision, Public Choice, Constitutional Political Economy, Economics & Politics and the Review of Industrial Organization. He is the lead editor of the recently published The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, 2nd Edition.

Since 2006 he has published 200 newspaper columns on topics in the fields of business and economics.

He has also been deployed on several NATO peacekeeping missions. His latest promotion was to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

A graduate of Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Economics) and the University of Kent at Canterbury (European Management Science), he holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Mississippi.

Ms. Noor Al-Merekhi

Director of Programs, QNRF, Qatar Foundation

Noor Al-Merekhi is the Director of Programs at Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), she joined QNRF in 2007, and holds Executive Strategic MBA from HEC Paris 2016, and MSc in Human Genetics from Leeds University 2005. She was part of the development and start-up of QNRF’s flagship program NPRP, Exceptional Proposal, BRIO, and many research and capacity building programs, now she leads a team of program managers and officers in the development, facilitation and management of QNRF different funding programs during the pre-award phase, these programs include capacity building programs such as UREP, GSRA, and PDRA, research connection programs such as CWSP, and competitive research funding programs such as NPRP, JSREP, OSRA, PPM…etc.

In 2011 she became a member for Qatar National Ethical Compliance Committee in Supreme Council of Health (SCH), and served in the implementation of the national ethical compliance policies as part of QNRF funding programs, she is also a member of the Global Research Council (GRC) and a MENA region representative.