Hamad Al-Ibrahim is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was the executive vice president for research and development at Qatar Foundation.
A passionate advocate for a knowledge-based economy, Al-Ibrahim created a unified, evidence-based R&D policy at the national level while at the foundation. Using his experience in managing data sets and building systems to help evaluate organizations, but also his experience as a surgeon, he approached R&D from a multidisciplinary perspective, involving stakeholders in critical decision-making. He created new funding mechanisms promoting public-private consortiums and incentivized local and private industries to get involved in co-funding research and partnering with academia.
As chairman of Qatar Science and Technology Park, Al-Ibrahim broadened the financial support mechanisms for startups in Qatar and directly introduced Qatar's business environment to U.S. startups. He used the uncertainties related to the creation of new startups in Qatar as windows of opportunity to diversify the economy and strengthen Qatar's path toward a sustainable economy.
Al-Ibrahim is focusing, in his dissertation, on exploring methods of integrating artificial intelligence into the decision-making process in funding agencies.
Al-Ibrahim has a medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, an EMBA from HEC Paris, and an M.Phil. from Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research interests include innovation policy, health policy, research impact evaluation, and artificial intelligence.
Al-Ibrahim, Hamad, Nasma Berri, Emily Hoch, Nazia Wolters, Kristin J. Leuschner, and Mahshid Abir, Pulse-Check: Exploration of Early COVID-19 Pandemic Health Care and Public Health Responses in Select Middle East Nations, RAND Corporation (RR-A1340-1), 2022
Baird, Matthew D., Melanie A. Zaber, Andrew W. Dick, Chloe E. Bird, Annie Chen, Molly Waymouth, Grace Gahlon, Denise D. Quigley, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, and Lori Frank, Research Funding for Women's Health: A Modeling Study of Societal Impact: Findings for Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementia Model, RAND Corporation (WR-A708-1), 2021
Baird, Matthew D., Melanie A. Zaber, Andrew W. Dick, Chloe E. Bird, Annie Chen, Molly Waymouth, Grace Gahlon, Denise D. Quigley, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, and Lori Frank, Societal Impact of Research Funding for Women's Health in Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease–Related Dementias, RAND Corporation (RR-A708-1), 2021
Abir, Mahshid, Megan K. Beckett, Wenjing Huang, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Joan Chang, Florian F. Schmitzberger, Kirstin W. Scott, and Peter S. Hussey, A Comparison of National and International Approaches to COVID-19-Related Measures, RAND Corporation (RR-A438-1), 2021
Christine Buttorff, Sara E. Heins & Hamad Al-Ibrahim , "Comparison of definitions for identifying urgent care centers in health insurance claims," Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology (2020)
Abir, Mahshid, Christopher Nelson, Edward W. Chan, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Christina Cutter, Karishma V. Patel, and Andy Bogart, Critical Care Surge Response Strategies for the 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States, RAND Corporation (RR-A164-1), 2020
Abir, Mahshid, Christopher Nelson, Edward W. Chan, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Christina Cutter, Karishma V. Patel, and Andy Bogart, RAND Critical Care Surge Response Tool: An Excel-Based Model for Helping Hospitals Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis, RAND Corporation (TL-A164-1), 2020
Bouskill, Kathryn E., Marjorie Danz, Lisa S. Meredith, Christine Chen, Joan Chang, Sangita M. Baxi, Dung Huynh, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Aneesa Motala, Jody Larkin, Goke Akinniranye, and Susanne Hempel, Burnout: Definition, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Interventions Literature Reviews, RAND Corporation (RR-A428-1), 2022