Dr Yaser Bishr is the Executive Director of Digital Division at Al Jazeera Media Network. Dr Bishr is leading the network’s transformation from a news broadcaster to a global digital media player.
Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Dr Bishr was chief strategist and business development director at Lockheed Martin, based in the Washington DC Area, with the remit to lead the transformation of its intelligence and cyber business from government-focused to commercial.
As an entrepreneur, software engineer, and academic, prior to joining Lockheed, Dr Bishr successfully founded and sold several startups in location based services and social media analytics in Germany and in the US.
Dr Bishr holds an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business where he was honoured with the Duke University Scholar Merits Award. He also holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Civil Engineering, an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Twente and Waginengen University in the Netherlands. During his time as associate professor in the University of Muenster, Germany, he published a book on Interoperability and Knowledge Management. He also has over 30 refereed papers and book chapters on various computer science topics.
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