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Tarek Sherif

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Medidata Solutions

A founder of Medidata Solutions, Tarek has served as CEO since 2001 and chairman since 2009. Under his leadership, the New York City-based company has grown to become the leading global provider of cloud-based solutions to the life science industry—supporting clinical trials in over 115 countries—while defining the vertical cloud company business model. From inception, Tarek has focused on building the company, including setting Medidata’s growth strategy, driving its innovative business model and helping to attract and inspire the talent that has been the basis of the company’s success. He led Medidata’s successful IPO in June 2009, which has positioned Medidata as one of the best performing companies to go public since 2009 and New York City’s most successful public technology company.

Prior to Medidata, Tarek was the managing member of a partnership focused on public and private investments in technology and life science companies. He co-managed a private equity fund specializing in publicly-traded technology companies, including those in the healthcare and information technology fields. Tarek also served as assistant vice president of corporate finance at General Electric Capital Corporation and was a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Brown Brothers Harriman & Company.

Tarek received his BA in economics from Yale University in 1984. He graduated from Columbia Business School in 1991, where he earned a degree in business administration and finance. Tarek has received a number of industry accolades, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the metro New York area in 2010 and the PharmaVOICE 100 most inspirational people in the life science industry award in 2007. He is a board member of the Partnership Fund for New York City and is chairman of Blue Legacy International, a not-for-profit organization focused on preserving our water resources.