Who We Are: Lila Ibrahim, General Manager, Emerging Markets Platform Group, Intel Corporation
Lila Ibrahim is general manager of the Emerging Markets Platform Group (EMPG) for Intel Corporation. She is responsible for leading the research, definition, development and marketing of technology platforms specifically designed for education. One of these solutions is the Intel-powered classmate PC, a reference design for elementary schools students based on years of ethnographic research around the world. Under Lila’s leadership, EMPG launched the Intel® Learning Series, a comprehensive initiative that integrates hardware, software and services designed specifically for education. The Intel Learning Series supports local technology companies that customize products and services in their own country, innovating in and around the classmate PC reference design to enhance and improve students’ experiences with technology.
Previously, Ibrahim served as chief of staff to Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, responsible for assisting him in the technical, program and public aspects of his role with Intel and the United Nations. During this time, Ibrahim led the Digital Village Initiative to deliver technology projects which advanced Education, Health and e-Governance from the Amazon to Africa.
Ibrahim joined Intel in 1990 as a design engineer for the Pentium® processor. Since then, she has held a variety of technical, marketing, and management positions. While based in Japan in the late 1990s, she led Intel’s efforts to enable DVD standards for the PC industry. From 1999 through 2004, she played a key role in pioneering the global expansion of the Intel Developer Forum.
Ibrahim earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, where she currently serves on the Engineering Education Board of Advisors.
In 2007, Ibrahim was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her business and community service leadership. She was also recently named as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the Channel by VARBusiness. Ibrahim sits on the Thunderbird Global Council, a special advisory board that provides guidance to the president and administration of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is also a board member of the Intel Foundation, as well as for the Teach for Lebanon Program, part of the Teach for All program launched by the Clinton Global initiative toward eliminating educational inequality in Lebanon while fostering youth leadership and promoting civic engagement. During and subsequent to her sabbatical, Lila set up 3 computer labs at orphanages in Lebanon including the school in which her father was raised.