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Maher Hakim, PhD

Maher Hakim
Executive Director
Qatar Science & Technology Park
Doha, Qatar

Dr. Hakim is a sought-out expert and educator in technology innovation and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship financing, venture capital, and M&A in the tech industry. He is currently the Executive Director of Qatar Science and Technology Park.  Dr. Hakim is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar and has served as the head of CMUQ-AlFaisal Innovation Entrepreneurship Center. He is currently on the Council of the European Innovation Academy - a nonprofit educational institution recognized globally for excellence in tech entrepreneurship education.  Dr. Hakim has about 20 years of experience as a high-tech entrepreneur and a corporate executive in the information technology industry. Between 1994 and 2012, Dr. Hakim lived in the Silicon Valley, founded five technology startup companies, and served in various management and leadership roles at large software companies such as Infor and Autodesk. He was involved in many M&A tech transactions on both sides and participated in taking one company public on the Nasdaq stock market. In addition to teaching, Dr. Hakim is a board member, advisor and a mentor to several tech startup companies and is an active angel investor, and he frequently writes blog posts on innovation and entrepreneurship.  He holds a Ph.D. in Computer-Aided Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1993),  M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1990), and a BS in Civil Engineering from Damascus University (1987).