Executive Director of Strategy & Development

Yaser Bishr, Keynote Speaker

Al Jazeera Media Network

Dr. Yaser Bishr is the Executive Director of Strategy and Development at Al Jazeera Media Network. Key responsibilities include leading Al Jazeera’s digital media strategy, innovation & incubation, and Al Jazeera’s global expansion strategies.

Prior to Al Jazeera, Dr. Yaser was 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 security business from government focused to commercial.

Dr. Yaser has 21 years experience as an engineer, entrepreneur, and academic. Prior to joining Lockheed, he had successfully co-founded and sold several startups in location based services and social media analytics in Germany and in the US. During his time as a professor in the University of Muenster, Germany, Dr. Yaser had published a book on Knowledge Engineering. He also has over 30 refereed papers and book chapters on various computer science topics.

Dr. Yaser holds an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business where he was honored with the Duke University Scholar Merits Award.  He also holds a Ph.D. and MS in Computer Science from the University of Twente and Wageningen in the Netherlands.


He will be a keynote speaker prior to Session 2 entitled "The Impact of Technology on News Reporting"