Maher Hakim

Managing Director at Qatar Science and Technology Park. Professor. Startup Coach. Innovation Expert.

My Bio

I am currently the Managing Director of Qatar Science and Technology Park. I am also a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar where I teach courses on innovation entrepreneurship, business technology consulting, and venture capital financing. I have 20 years of experience as a tech entrepreneur and a corporate executive in the information technology industry. Between 1994 and 2012, I cofounded five technology startup companies and served in various management roles at large software companies such as Infor and Autodesk. I am a sought-out expert and educator in technology innovation & entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship financing, and M&A (merger and acquisitions) in the tech industry. I am a board member, an advisor and a mentor to several tech startup companies, as well as an active angel investor.


Take a look at some of my blog posts on Linkedin Pulse.

So You Think You Can Mentor?

Can Innovation Be Taught?

Startup Investors: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Other One Percent

How to Make the Best You!

The Journey from Research to Solutions

The Must-Have Characteristics of Tech Startup Founding Teams

The Four Archetypes of Successful Tech Startup Founders

Job Security vs. Job Dignity

What Does "Innovation Culture" Really Mean?

Which Arab City Will Emerge as a Global Innovation Hub?

How Important Is The Team Anyway?

Can You Make Your Own Luck?

The Value of Ideas

The Other Poverty We Must Fight

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Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the ones I founded.

08 / 2016 Current

Qatar Science and Technology Park

Managing Director

QSTP is a research and high-tech business park, an innovation center providing incubation, acceleration and innovation programs for the community, and a funding agency for startups and private sector.

08 / 2012 Current

Carnegie Mellon University

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Shifting gears from Industry to Academia, from startups to large organizations, and from the US to the Middle East, without leaving behind my passion in IT entrepreneurship!

2012 Current

Tahi, Fi Tech, Girnaas, Metis

Board Member

I serve on the board of some of the best tech startups in Doha. Tahi is smart cooking appliance. Fi Tech is an online advertising platform for public wifi networks. Girnaas is a mobile gaming company. Metis is a cloud-based service for academic planning and management in higher education.

2011 Current


Startup Coach & Mentor

Having been in battle several times, I am able to guide founders and leaders of startups to create the right conditions within their teams to make the right decisions during the fog of war. Startups do not succeed because some strategic thinkers somehow come up with the right plan and strategy - they succeed because many would-be "life and death decisions" are made everyday by everyone on the team. I am a coach, a mentor and a board member to several startup founders and leaders.

01 / 2010 Current


Founder & CEO

01 / 2007 01 / 2010


Founder & CEO

01 / 2003 01 / 2007

Lawson Software

Senior Vice President of Products

01 / 2000 01 / 2003

Apexion Technologies

Founder & CEO

01 / 1999 01 / 2000


Chief Technology Officer

01 / 1997 01 / 1999

Pharos Technologies

Founder & Vice President of Products

01 / 1994 01 / 1997


Product Team Lead

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A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

VC and Angel Investing in Startups
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Training
Startup Coaching & Mentorship
Technology Business Consulting
Technology M&A


Hear what some of my clients and colleagues have to say about me after working together on various things throughout my career.

"Maher has a great understanding of the market and customer needs and a unique ability to apply innovative technologies to deliver solutions that drive results. ... Read more

Dan Eckert

President & COO, LABSCO and Operating Partner at Frazier Healthcare Ventures

"Maher has a great talent in balancing business need with technical creativity, he also knows how to build a team and keep it motivated, I have a great deal of ... Read more

Blair LaCorte

Sr. Advisor, TPG

"He is a manager who inspires and encourages his team to achieve their very best: always maintaining the fine balance between providing guidance and pushing you ... Read more

Anita Schjll Brede

CEO & Co-Founder at Iris AI & Singularity GSP15

"Maher is an exceptional startup entrepreneur who has a strong vision, a clear sense of direction and the ability to keep a team focused and motivated no matter ... Read more

Swamy Viswanathan

EVP and Chief Product Officer at ASG Software Solutions

"I'm particularly impressed by Maher's ability to get people on board with ideas even people who were initially on completely different pages"

Majed Lababidi

Co-Founder and Managing Director at Fi Technologies

"Maher is the real deal. As both a proven entrepreneur and a business educator, his advice spanned the spectrum of what the teams needed to learn at European In ... Read more

Alar Kolk

President, European Innovation Academy

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See where I spent time studying and gained early knowledge to prepare for my professional life.

1988 1990

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

M.Sc. in Computer Aided Engineeing

1990 1993

Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D. in Computer Aided Engineering and Management

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