“My mission is to bridge the
Humanitarian & Technology communities”
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 the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he develops & prototypes Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies with multiple humanitarian organizations. He is the author of the forthcoming book on “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data Changes the Face of Humanitarian Response.” Patrick is also a Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), a UNICEF Humanitarian Innovations Fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation and PopTech Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and an Academy of Achievement (AoA) member. His influential blog iRevolution has received over 1.3 million hits and his LinkedIn profile is in the top 1% of most-viewed profiles.
Prior to QCRI, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Program on Crisis Mapping & Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi. He also founded/co-founded CrisisMappers, MicroMappers, Digital Humanitarians, the Humanitarian UAV Network and the award-winning Standby Task Force, and sits on the Boards People’s Intelligence and iLab Liberia. Patrick has consulted extensively for several international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank. He is 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. In 2010, he was publicly praised by President Bill Clinton for his pioneering digital humanitarian efforts. Given his unique expertise, Patrick is often interviewed by the media, which has included the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, UK Guardian, CNN, NPR and Wired. He is also a distinguished scholar, holding a PhD from The Fletcher School, a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford University, an MA from Columbia University and EAP from UC Berkeley. 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 writes the widely respected iRevolution blog and tweets at @patrickmeier.
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Short Bio: Patrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for positive social change. He serves as Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute (QCRI) where he develops next-generation humanitarian technologies. He previously co-founded and co-directed Harvard’s Program on Crisis Mapping & Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi. Patrick co-founded CrisisMappers, Digital Humanitarians & Standby Task Force. He is an accomplished speaker, writes at iRevolution and tweets at @patrickmeier.
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