This week, Dr. Sara Jeza Alotaibi, Director General of the Women Branch of the Institute of Public Administration in Makkah Region, was given the prestigious Women Leader of the Year Award 2020 at the level of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, marking yet another milestone for Saudi Arabian women.
The award was presented to her in Dubai during the 8th annual GOV HR Summit, known as the region’s biggest public sector knowledge sharing platform for HR professionals to connect, create tools, and implement more sustainable models. Upon receiving the award, Dr. Alotaibi expressed her gratitude to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for their unlimited support to the advancement of women across the Kingdom.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Dr. Alotaibi was previously Dean of Library Affairs, as well as Associate Professor in Web Technologies as the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology at Taif University in Saudi Arabia. She is also the founder of the Saudi Lady Geek group, was a visiting researcher in Web Lab at University of Southampton, and is the innovative creator of Finger ID, a unique system designed to provide users with access to distributed systems through fingerprint.
Aside from her rich career in education and computer sciences, she is also a published author, with a wealth of published papers under her belt, as well as three books in the IT and technical fields. She has also received various local and global awards, and has also been recognized by a variety of institutions and professionals including Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, The World Congress on Internet Security Conference, and Saudi Shura Council, amongst countless others, with awards including ‘Distinguished Achievement Award’ and ‘First Excellence Award’.