2010 Winner of the Social Impact ABIE Award
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. 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, Lila 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, Lila led the Digital Village Initiative to deliver technology projects, which advanced education, health and e-governance from the Amazon to Africa.
Lila 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.
Lila earned a bachelor’ s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, where she currently serves on the Engineering Education Board of Advisors. In 2007, Lila was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her business and community service leadership. VARBusiness recently named her as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the Channel.
Lila 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 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 three computer labs at orphanages in Lebanon including the school in which her father was raised.