Yaser Bishr

Yaser Bishr

Webit Speaker, Executive Director of Strategy and Development at Al Jazeera Media Network


Dr. Yaser Bishr is the Executive Director of Strategy and Development at Al Jazeera Media Network. Yaser is leading the Network’s transformation from a regional broadcaster to a global media player.  Key responsibilities include leading Al Jazeera’s digital media strategy, workplace technology transformation, merger and acquisition, innovation & incubation initiative, and Al Jazeera’s global expansion strategies. 

Prior to Al Jazeera, 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 business from government focused to commercial. 

Yaser has 21 years experience as an engineer, entrepreneur, and academic. Prior to joining Lockheed, Yaser 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, Yaser had published a book on Interoperability and Knowledge Management. He also has over 30 refereed papers and book chapters on various computer science topics. 

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 Bachelor of Science with Honors in Civil Engineering, an MSc and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.