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Dr. Hamad Al-Ibrahim Executive Vice President of Research and Development
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Dr. Al-Ibrahim joined Qatar Foundation in 2012 and served as Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), Dr. Al-Ibrahim has contributed significantly to developing the 5-year business plan of QF R&D and its research entities. 

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. 

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Dr. Hassan Al-DerhamPresident of Qatar University
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Qatar University’s 6th President Dr Hassan Rashid Al-Derham is recognized for playing a major role in advancing research activity at both university and national levels.   

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.

Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-KhalifaCEO of Qatar Development Bank
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Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa was appointed as CEO in September 2013 in Qatar Development Bank and brings extensive experience in the SME and the private sector and field of entrepreneurship. Al Khalifa previously held the position of Executive Director, Strategy & Business Development at Qatar Development Bank He played the lead role in the launching of several cornerstone initiatives, such as the Al Dhameen Partial Guarantee Program, the Tasdeer Qatar Export Development Agency and the Housing Loan Program for Qatari citizens. Al Khalifa is Chairman of the Bedaya Center for entrepreneurship and chairman of Qatar Business Incubator. During his chairmanship, the Bedaya Center has provided support and access to knowledge to over 5,000 entrepreneurs. In addition to his public positions, Abdulaziz is a respected member of the Qatari business community and is Chairman of the Qatar German Medical Devices Company, the largest manufacturer of medical devices in the region. During his time with the firm he has be responsible for a significant increase in profitability. Mr. Al-Khalifa holds an MBA from Qatar University, a bachelor degree in Engineering from California State University and has received several specialized certificates from Harvard and Insead Universities.

Fahad Hamad Al-MohannadiGeneral Manager of Qatar Electricity and Water Company
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General Manager at Qatar Electricity and Water Company. Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering on 1980 from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Dr. Nasser S. Al-MohannadiResearch and Technology Center Manager at Qatar Petroleum
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Dr. Nasser AL-Mohannadi is the Research and Technology Center Manager at Qatar Petroleum with responsibilities to plan and execute R&D needs for existing and new business, and lead and support initiatives toward development and retention of new knowledge that will deepen and broaden the technical capabilities of Qatar Petroleum. He holds a Ph.D (Petroleum Engineering) from Colorado School of Mines. Prior to joining Qatar Petroleum, Dr. Nasser worked in several business entities including Qatar University, Qatar Shell, Qatar Occidental, Schlumberger and American Independent Oil & Gas Company. His experience spans over 16 years in the areas of Petroleum Engineering, O&G Operations, Research & Technology and as a lecturer. He also plays an active role in Qatar's Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) where he served as board member also was leading the young professionals section "

Robert NelsenCo-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners
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Robert Nelsen is a co-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners. He joined ARCH at its founding and played a significant role in the early sourcing, financing and development of more than thirty companies, including twelve which have reached valuations exceeding $1 billion. His seed and early-stage investments include Illumina (ILMN); Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY); Sapphire Energy; Ikaria; Kythera (KYTH), Aviron (AVIR, acquired by Medimmune-MEDI); Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), NetBot (acquired by Excite-ATHM); R2 Technology (acquired by Hologic-HOLX); XenoPort (XNPT); Caliper Life Sciences (CALP); Trubion Pharmaceuticals (TRBN), Adolor (ADLR, acquired by Cubist); Array BioPharma (ARRY); deCODE Genetics (acquired by Amgen-AMGN); Nanosys; GenVec (GNVC); IDUN Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer-PFE); Genomica (GNOM, acquired by Exelixis-EXEL); (acquired by United Online-UNTD); Nura (acquired by Omeros-OMER); Receptos (RCPT); Kilimanjaro Energy; Bluebird Bio (BLUE); Hua Medicine; VLST; Ensemble Therapeutics; Accelerator; Theraclone Sciences; Fate Therapeutics (FATE); Sage Pharmaceuticals, and Everyday Learning Corporation (acquired by Tribune Corp.-TRIB.)

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

Pekka SOINIDirector General, Tekes
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Mr Pekka Soini is Director General, CEO of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency Innovation. Prior to his current position at Tekes, Pekka headed Corporate Development Office (CDO) at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and was Country Director for Finland and a member of the Executive Management Team. Prior to his position as Head of Corporate Development he headed NSN Strategy and Business Development.

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.

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