Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized thought leader and speaker on the application of new technologies for humanitarian response. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) where he develops next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with several international humanitarian organizations. Patrick is also the author of the blog iRevolution and of the forthcoming book Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response. He previously co-founded and co-directed Harvard’s program on crisis mapping and early warning and served as director of crisis mapping at Ushahidi. Patrick is also the co-founder of the International CrisisMappers Network and of the Digital Humanitarian Network. He has a PhD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a Pre-Doc from Stanford, and an MA from Columbia University.