Yoelle Maarek is a VP at Yahoo and, as of 2016, heads Yahoo Research, guiding the integrated research teams worldwide and directly managing the independent research teams and the mail integrated research teams. She also serves as Yahoo Haifa site manager. Prior to Yahoo, Yoelle was with Google, which she joined in 2006 as the first Google engineer in Israel. She served as Director of Google Haifa Engineering Center, which she opened in 2006. Her team launched “Suggest”, Google’s query completion service. From 1989 to 2006, Yoelle was with IBM Research, first in the US, and then in Israel, where she held a number of technical and management positions, eventually leading the Search and Collaboration Department and becoming a Distinguished Engineer. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Technion, in Haifa, Israel. In parallel, she spent a year in the Computer Science Department of Columbia University in New York, as a visiting PhD student. She graduated from the “Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees” in Paris, France, and received her “DEA” (graduate degree) in Computer Science from Paris VI University, both in 1985. Yoelle’s research interests include Information Retrieval, Web/Mail search and data mining. She has published about 80 research articles in these fields. She has been involved in various senior roles (from SPC to PC chair) in most of the recent SIGIR, WWW and WSDM conferences. Yoelle served as Vice Chair of the SIGIR Executive Committee from 2013 to 2016, was elected to IW3C2 (the steering committee of the Web conference series) in 2015 and joined WSDM steering committee in 2017. Yoelle is a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion, chairing its Student Affairs Committee, and a member of the Technion Management Council. She was inducted as an ACM Fellow in 2013.