Patrick Meier, 2012

Patrick Meier, Crisis Mapper and Fletcher PhD Alum Patrick is an internationally-recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute (QCRI) where he develops next-generation humanitarian technologies by leveraging Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Social Computing.

Prior to QCRI, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi. He also co-founded the Crisis Mappers Network, the Standby Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. Patrick has consulted extensively for many international organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, OCHA, UNDP, OSCE, OECD, USAID and the World Bank. 

In addition, Patrick is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a member of the Academy of Achievement Class of 2012. He is also an accomplished speaker, having given talks at the White House, UN, Google, Harvard, Stanford and MIT. 

He has also presented at major international conferences including the Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, PopTech, Where 2.0, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and several TEDx’s. Patrick is a distinguished scholar, holding a PhD from The Fletcher School, a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford University and an MA from Columbia University. Patrick has given numerous guest lectures and has taught several professional, graduate and undergraduate courses. Additionally, he is a talented photographer and a noted author. He writes the widely-respected iRevolution blog and tweets at @patrickmeier.






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