Dr. Meier is an internationally recognized thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation. His recent book, “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Action,” has been endorsed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, UN, Red Cross, World Bank, USAID and others.
Patrick presently serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of WeRobotics, which scales the positive impact of humanitarian aid, development, and environmental projects through the use and localization of appropriate robotics solutions. Patrick previously served as Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he spearheaded both the design and development of the Computing Research Institute’s Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies. Patrick also founded/co-founded CrisisMappers, Digital Humanitarians, MicroMappers, Humanitarian UAV Network, and the award-winning Standby Task Force.
He is a distinguished scholar with a PhD from The Fletcher School, a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford University, and an MA from Columbia University. In addition, Patrick was a Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and holds an advanced certificate in Complexity Science from the Santa Fe Institute (SFI). Patrick also writes on his blog iRevolutions and tweets from @patrickmeier.