Dr. Ashraf Aboulnaga is a Principal Scientist in the Qatar Computing ResearchInstitute. His current research interests are in the area of data intensive cloud computing, with a current focus on platforms for Big Data, distributed storage systems, and data integration on the web. Dr. Aboulnaga obtained M.S.and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Alexandria University, Egypt. He holds an Associate Professor position at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where he has worked since 2004. Previously, he was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California from 2002 to 2004, and a Visiting Research Scientist at Google Waterloo during a sabbatical in 2009-2010. Dr. Aboulnaga is an IBM Center for Advanced Studies Faculty Fellow and a recipient of a Google Research Award, the Ontario Early Researcher Award, and a Best Paper Award at the VLDB 2011 conference. His research results have been integrated into commercial products such as IBM DB2, and he serves on the advisory board of ClevrU. Dr. Aboulnaga is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering and a Member of the Editorial Board of Distributed and Parallel Databases. He holds 5 US patents and has 3 PCT patents pending. He is a senior member of the IEEE and ACM.