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Patrick Meier

Director of Social Innovation
Qatar Computing Research Institute

Patrick is an internationally recognized thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation. Author (2015): "Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response." Previously: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, United Nations, World Bank. Currently: QCRI. PhD from Fletcher School, Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford and MA at Columbia. Born & raised in Africa.


Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation. His brand new book, “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Action,” has already been endorsed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, UN, Red Cross, World Bank, USAID and others. In 2010, he was publicly recognized by Clinton for his pioneering digital humanitarian efforts, which he continues to this day. Patrick’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC News, UK Guardian, The Economist, Forbes & Times Magazines, New Yorker, NPR, Wired, Mashable, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American and elsewhere. His influential and widely read blog iRevolutions has received over 1.5 million hits.

Patrick is also an internationally sought-out speaker, having given over 200 talks in more than 20 countries across 6 continents. He has spoken at the White House, UN, Google, Twitter, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, PopTech, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and several TEDx’s. Given his expertise, Patrick often serves on judging panels for international competitions, which have included GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards  and UAE’s Drones for Good Award. At present, Patrick is Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups. He is on the Innovation Team of the United Nations Secretary-General’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and has been awarded a number of fellowships: UNICEF Humanitarian Innovations Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and PopTech Fellow. Patrick is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

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. He has consulted extensively for several international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank. Patrick also founded/co-founded CrisisMappers, Digital Humanitarians, MicroMappers, Humanitarian UAV Network and the award-winning Standby Task Force. He is a distinguished scholar with 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, Patrick 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). He has given numerous guest lectures and has taught several professional, graduate and undergraduate courses. Patrick also writes the influential and widely-respected blog iRevolutions and tweets at @patrickmeier.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Big Data
    Crisis Mapping
    Humanitarian Technology
    Information Forensics
    Disaster Resilience
    Satellite Imagery
    Social Computing
    Social Media



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 Featured Title - Digital Humanitarians - 1st Edition book cover


TEDxKC -- Patrick Meier -- Changing The World, One Map At A Time

Published: Sep 22, 2011

Maps have always been a source of fascination and intrigue. Today's maps, however, can also help to save lives during disasters, document human rights abuses and monitor elections in countries under repressive rule. This presentation will explain how today's live maps can combine crowds and clouds to drive social change.