Dr. Yaser Bishr is the Executive Director of Digital at Al Jazeera Media Network. Yaser is leading the Network’s transformation to a global digital media player. Before that, Yaser was the Executive Director of Strategy, where he launched AJ+. He was also the acting Executive Director of Technology and Operations.
Prior to Al Jazeera, Yaser was the Chief strategist and business development Director at Lockheed Martin, based in the Washington D.C. Area with remit to lead the transformation of its intelligence and cyber business from government focused to commercial.
Yaser has 21 years experience as an engineer, entrepreneur, angel investor and academic. Prior to joining Lockheed, Yaser had successfully co-founded and sold several startups in location based services and social media analytics in Germany and in the US.
Yaser holds an MBA from Duke University, an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.