Dr. Ahmed Elmagarmid

Executive Director
QCRI, Qatar

Dr. Ahmed Elmagarmid is the founding Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI); an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University (US); and a former chief scientist at Hewlett-Packard HQ in Palo Alto, CA.

He serves on the boards of the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), MEEZA, a leading national/regional cloud provider, the Board of Qatar Personalized Medicine Institute and the Qatar Genome Program, Qatar National Library executive committee, joint advisory board for Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar, and Sidra Medicine. He serves on the Arab League ministerial level committee for AI, and co-chairs the Qatar national AI committee.

He is an accomplished and well-published scientist, authoring six books and more than 180 papers, and has directed several well-funded research programs. Dr. Elmagarmid has also been granted eight patents in the database field from USPTO and the EU patent office and developed several software systems that have
since become startups. In 2019, Dr. Elmagarmid received the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award. In 2020, he was chosen to serve on the Washington Institute’s Council of Advisors and selected to be distinguished fellow.

Dr. Elmagarmid is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award from President Reagan and is an IEEE, ACM, and AAAS Fellow. The University of Dayton and The Ohio State University have both named him among their distinguished alumni. Dr. Elmagarmid received his
B.S. in computer science from the University of Dayton (1977) and his M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) from The Ohio State University.