Mr. Majd Abbar

Majd_Abbar
Principal Software Engineer
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Having worked for many years to Arabize the Microsoft Operating Systems, I was very excited to join QCRI in its efforts to provide the Arabic speaking world with enriched Arabic content.

Research Focus at QCRI

Majd Abbar is the Director of Business Development and Commercialization at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and is focused on bringing our advanced research to the market. Previously at QCRI, he filled the role of Director of Arabic Content Initiatives to enrich the current state of the Arabic Online content and the experience of Arabic Internet users everywhere.

Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Microsoft Corporation where he established the Arabic Windows team and was responsible for the release of multiple international versions of Microsoft Windows as well as the strategic language planning road-map for the Microsoft Desktop programs.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in Management Information Systems and Advanced Project Management from Stanford University.

Previous Experience

 

Professional Experience

  • Microsoft Corporation / Windows and Windows Live International / Senior International Group Program Manager / Business Management / 2007 – 2012
  • Microsoft Corporation / Windows International / Localization Futures / Senior International Program Manager / 2004 – 2007
  • Microsoft Corporation / Windows International / Senior Localization Program Manager / 1997 – 2004
  • Microsoft Corporation / Middle East Products Development Group / Test and Localization Program Manager / 1993 – 1997

Professional Associations and Awards

 

Education

  • Masters of Business Administration in MIS from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC Canada - 1995
  • BSc in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University, SD USA - 1990

Selected Research

 

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2018

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QCRI Summer Internship Program

Download ICS File 06/05/2018  - 05/07/2018 , Hamad Bin Khalifa Research Complex

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Download ICS File 27/03/2018 ,

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QCRI & MIT-CSAIL Annual Project Review 2018

Download ICS File 27/03/2018 ,

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