Prof. Dr. Thomas ZachariaExecutive Vice President for Research & Development, Qatar Foundation
Thomas Zacharia currently serves as the Executive Vice President for Research and Development (R&D) at the Qatar Foundation. He contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission by advancing and promoting the organization’s research and development initiatives. The R&D organization encompasses developing scientific capabilities and capacities in support of the nation’s focus on energy and the environment; computing and information technology; health and related life sciences and technologies; and social sciences, arts, and the humanities. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Qatar Science and Technology Park.
Dr. Zacharia previously served as Deputy for Science and Technology at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he led the successful bid for the U.S. Department of Energy’s initiative to field the world’s top supercomputing system. Under his leadership, the University of Tennessee was awarded the National Science Foundation’s largest and most widely-utilized academic supercomputer, representing the University’s largest grant in its history. Dr. Zacharia holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, a number of U.S. patents, and serves on several international scientific advisory boards.