Hamad Al Ibrahim

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Boston Office


M.D., Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland; EMBA in innovation and entrepreneurship, HEC Paris


Hamad Al Ibrahim is a 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 planning and evaluating organizations, but also his experience as a surgeon, he approached R&D from a multidisciplinary perspective, involving the stakeholders in critical decision making. He created new funding mechanisms promoting public-private consortiums and incentivized local, private industry 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 saw his role as a steward of science and created and implemented, for the first time in Qatar, research integrity and financial conflict-of-interest policies to promote scientific objectivity. 

Al Ibrahim has an L.R.C.P. and S.IM., M.B. B.Ch. from Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris. His research interests include science, technology, and innovation policies; small advanced economies; entrepreneurship; knowledge economies; research impact evaluation.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Visiting Fellow, Center for the National Interest; Vice President, Anti-Doping Lab Qatar; Policy Analyst, The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute

Recent Projects

  • Health Care (AAD) Identifying Urgent Care Centers and Understanding Injury Severity Across Site of Service
  • Modeling for the 10Plan Healthcare Plan
  • Distribution of Child Mental Health Workforce and Children's Mental Health Care Outcomes
  • Patient-Engaged Healthcare Valuation


Arabic; English; German