Hamad Al-Ibrahim

Hamad Al-Ibrahim
Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND, and Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School


MPhil., Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.D., Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland; EMBA in innovation and entrepreneurship, HEC Paris


Hamad Al-Ibrahim, an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at Pardee RAND Graduate School, previously served as the executive VP for research and development at Qatar Foundation.

Committed to advancing innovation policy and policy analysis, Al-Ibrahim pioneered an evidence-based R&D policy at the national level. Leveraging expertise in data management and systems development, he approached R&D with a multidisciplinary perspective, involving stakeholders. His initiatives introduced innovative funding mechanisms, fostering public-private partnerships and encouraging co-funding with academia.

As Qatar Science and Technology Park chairman, he boosted support for Qatari startups and connected with U.S. counterparts. Al-Ibrahim leveraged startup uncertainties to diversify Qatar's economy, aligning with innovation policy and rigorous policy analysis.

In addition to his policy work, Al-Ibrahim conducts cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence. His dissertation focuses on integrating AI into funding agency decision-making processes. He has also utilized AI, including NLP, to analyze speeches and social media for valuable insights.

Al-Ibrahim holds a medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, an Executive MBA from HEC Paris, and an M.Phil. from Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research interests encompass innovation and health policy, research impact evaluation, and AI's transformative potential.

Selected Publications

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, 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

Posard, Marek N., Sina Beaghley, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, and Emily Ellinger, Assessing Misperceptions Online About the Security Clearance Process, RAND Corporation (RR-A1690-1), 2023


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  • Qatar

    Qatar: Challenges and Successes in COVID-19 Pandemic Response

    Qatar adopted a spectrum of policies and health measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and encouraged its innovation ecosystem to play a role in fighting the pandemic. The health sector has gained experience during the pandemic that might inform response to future spikes in demand for health system resources.

    Jun 9, 2022

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