Lila Ibrahim

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Lila Ibrahim
Lila Ibrahim for Purdue Engineering.jpg
Ibrahim gives advice to Purdue University engineering students in 2007
EducationElectronic and Electrical Engineering, 1993
Alma materPurdue University
FamilyMarried to Karl Liebat, twin daughters

Lila Ibrahim is the Chief Operating Officer of DeepMind. She is the co-founder and chair of Team4Tech and serves on the board of Gannett Company.

Early life and education[edit]

Ibrahim studied electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University, and remains on their board of advisors.[1] She earned her bachelor's degree in 1993.[2] She was a member of the sorority Phi Sigma Rho.[3]


Ibrahim started her working life in 1993 at Intel, where she was as an engineer on the Pentium processor.[4] During 18 years at Intel she held various leadership roles, including serving as Chief of Staff for Craig Barrett, leading the Digital Village initiative which delivered education and e-governance from the Amazon to Africa,[4] leading Intel's Developer Forum, and leading the Emerging Market group based in China developing the classmatePC business. Earlier in her career, Ibrahim ensured DVD standard were enabled in the PC industry.[2]

She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, having previously held a Braddock scholarship in 2012.[1] In 2000 she took a two-month sabbatical to build a computer lab in the Lebanese orphanage her father grew up in.[5] She took her experience back to Intel, where she built technology for K-12 education.[5] Working on a national initiative with Portugal, she delivered 400,000 computers and trained 30,000 teachers in one year.[6] In 2007 she was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.[7] As part of her Aspen Institute fellowship, in 2009 she created Team4Tech with Julie Clugage, a program which partners volunteers with educational projects in the developing world.[5][8] She was featured on the cover of ForbesWoman.[3] In 2010 she was awarded the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Social Impact.[4][9] She was appointed Purdue University's Outstanding Electrical & Computer Engineer in 2010.[6] She sat on the Global Council of Thunderbird School of Global Management.[2] She is on the board of the American news corporation Gannett Company.[10]

She was appointed Chief of Staff at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2010. Through Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers she began to work with Coursera. Ibrhaim was made President of Coursera in 2013, later Chief Business and Operating Officer, and remained there until 2017.[11][8] During this time she was appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.[12][13] She was a keynote speaker at the 2016 Pioneer Summit, and the 2017 South by Southwest conference in Austin.[14][15]

In April 2018 Ibrahim was appointed Chief Operating Officer of DeepMind.[16][17] Here she is responsible for managing the company's growth.[18] She continues to mentor young entrepreneurs.[19] Ibrahim is an advocate for increasing women's representation in technology.[20]

Ibrahim is featured in the Notable Women in Computing cards.[21] In 2019, Ibrahim was named to UK Business Insider's lists including Most Influential Leaders Shaping Business Tech (#13) [22] and the Most Interesting & Impactful Women in Tech (#5).[23]


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  2. ^ a b c "Ms. Lila Ibrahim Liebat". Electrical and Computer Engineering - Purdue University. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  3. ^ a b "Lila Ibrahim | Phi Sigma Rho". Archived from the original on 2018-04-29. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  4. ^ a b c "Lila Ibrahim -". 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  5. ^ a b c "The Story of Team4Tech". Team4Tech. Archived from the original on 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  6. ^ a b "Team | Team4Tech™". Archived from the original on 2018-05-02. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  7. ^ "Lila Ibrahim". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  8. ^ a b "Welcoming Lila Ibrahim to Coursera | Coursera Blog". Coursera Blog. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  9. ^ AnitaB_org (2010-05-13), Lila Ibrahim 2010 Women of Vision Award Winner for Social Impact, retrieved 2018-04-25
  10. ^ "IfM - Gannett Co. Inc". Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  11. ^ "Coursera has ousted several senior executives along with many rank-and-file staffers". Recode. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  12. ^ "U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces New Members to Serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship". Department of Commerce. 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  13. ^ "Lila Ibrahim - National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) Board (2014-16) | U.S. Economic Development Administration". Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  14. ^ "SXSW 2017 Schedule". Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  15. ^ "Lila Ibrahim, Chief Business Officer of Coursera, to Speak at GSV Pioneer Summit". Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  16. ^ "Exclusive: DeepMind hires Lila Ibrahim as first COO". Axios. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  17. ^ "DeepMind Hires Lila Ibrahim as First Chief Operating Officer". 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  18. ^ "Taking DeepMind to the next level: welcoming Lila Ibrahim as our first Chief Operating Officer | DeepMind". DeepMind. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  19. ^ University, Carnegie Mellon. "Meet the Mentors - Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University". Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  20. ^ "Do This the Next Time You Notice Sexism at Work". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  21. ^ "Notable Women in Computing".
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