Humanitarian Technologist: Patrick Meier
Patrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognised thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he develops and prototypes Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies with multiple humanitarian organisations.
He is on the Innovation Team of the UN Secretary-General’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and author of the new book “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response” (2015). Patrick has also held multiple fellowships: UNICEF Humanitarian Innovations Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and PopTech Fellow. He is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and also serves as “Ambassador” for Drone Adventures. His influential and widely-read blog iRevolutions has received well over 1.5 million hits. In 2010 he was publicly praised by Clinton for his pioneering digital humanitarian efforts.
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 organisations 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, and sits on the Boards of People’s Intelligence and iLab Liberia. He often serves on judging panels for various competitions which have included GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards, UAE’s Drones for Good Award and the DroneSocial Innovation Award.
Patrick is an accomplished speaker, having given talks at the White House, UN, Google, Harvard, Stanford and MIT. He has also presented at major international conferences including the Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, PopTech, Where 2.0, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and several TEDx’s.