Patrick Meier (PhD) 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 spearheads cutting-edge research & development on next-generation humanitarian technology solutions.
Prior to QCRI, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping & Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many inter-national organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, OSCE, OECD, EC, USAID, DAI, IFES, Swisspeace, Internews and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. In addition, Patrick is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a lead contributor to thePeaceTXT project with PopTech & partners. He is also an accomplished speaker, having presented at many international conferences including the Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, PopTech, Where 2.0, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and several TEDx’s. He is often interviewed by the mediaincluding the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, The Economist, Al-Jazeera, CNN and NPR. Patrick is also a distinguished scholar, holding a PhD from The Fletcher School, a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford University and an MA from Columbia University. In addition, he was a Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and holds an advanced certificate in complexity science from the Santa Fe Institute (SFI). Patrick has given numerous guest lectures and has taught several professional, graduate and undergraduate courses. He is also an accomplished author & writes the widely respectediRevolution blog. He tweets at @patrickmeier.