WISE Accelerator


Mr. Ahmed Elmagarmid

Position: Executive Director, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Country: Qatar
Dr. Elmagarmid is the Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute, a national research institute at Hamad bin Khalifa University, a member of Qatar Foundation.  Since his appointment in 2010, Dr. Elmagarmid has driven QCRI’s vision to support citizens and society through large-scale computing that address national priorities for growth and development.

Before joining Qatar Foundation, Dr. Elmagarmid held a number of posts in academia and industry, including Pennsylvania State University, the University of Padova, and Purdue University, where he carried out research and taught for 25 years.

Dr. Elmagarmid served as a chief scientist in Hewlett-Packard’s Office of Strategy and Technology and has worked with or consulted for an array of technology firms.  Dr. Elmagarmid serves as the Vice Chair of the IT Executive Committee of Sidra Medical and Research Center in Qatar. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Kasra, and of the Qatar National Library. He is a member of the Qatar Genome Project Committee and Sidra’s External Scientific Advisory Council.