Mohammed Ali Al Qaed CE, Information & eGovernment Authority
A renowned contributor to the regional eGovernment and ICT milieu, Mohammed Ali Al Qaed has accumulated a highly-reputed profile of contributions in elaborative ICT and development initiatives in various governmental entities in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Al Qaed’s initiatives in the field of ICT have led to the creation of the eGovernment Authority (eGA) in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2007 by a Royal Decree No. (78), in which he was appointed a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Through his role Al Qaed, continues the sustainable evolvement of the government into a smart one, promoting change management in public administration and providing one-stop-shop services to citizens, residents and businesses thus developing the eGA to become one of leading bodies in public administration.
During AlQaed’s tenure as CEO of the eGovernment Authority, the Kingdom of Bahrain has leaped majorly at the United Nations eGovernment Index from the 53rd position in 2005 to become one of the top 10 countries in online service delivery in the world since 2010, onwards. The eGovernment of Bahrain also ranked the 8th position worldwide in the eParticipation Index which was a major achievement since its establishment in 2005. Also, as part of Al Qaed’s achievements, the Kingdom of Bahrain has jumped from 36 to 18 among the World’s eGovernment ranking succeeding some of the Europe & Asia countries competing in the same field.
He was then assigned to be the Chief Executive Officer of the iGA (Information & eGovernment Authority) in 2016 as the CIO (Central Information Organization) merged with the eGA (eGovernment Authority) to become the iGA.
Prior to his current position, Al Qaed worked from 1993 to 2007 for the Central Informatics Organization (CIO) where he occupied a number of positions until appointed to Director of Information Technology at the CIO. During his employment; he contributed to the development of mechanisms for the protection of government systems, helped in establishing the first government information network in the Middle East, and the integrated eServices between various ministries through such as the Internet and e-mail, in addition to his key role in restructuring the Central Statistics Organization which was later developed into the Central Informatics Organization CIO.
Al Qaed obtained a Bachelor‘s Degree in Computer Science in 1993 from King Saud University in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a Master’s Degree in Advanced Systems Engineering from Sheffield University in UK in 1996. In 1994, he was granted a scholarship from the mission of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for international co-operation to attend a six-month intensive course on systems engineering at the Royal Scientific Society, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
In recognition to his achievements, His Majesty the King, honored Al Qaed by awarding him the First Class Efficiency Medal on the National Day and Accession Anniversary in December 2011.
In June 2014, AlQaed was honored by His Highness Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait amongst the members of jury of His Highness Shaikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah Informatics Competition ‘Tadween’, which included a group of officials, academics and Arab world specialists in the fields of information technology, libraries, media and the Arabic language.
In 2009, Al Qaed was ranked No 29 amongst the 50 Bahraini Most Powerful CEOs List as per the Arabian Business Magazine - in recognition for being the man behind many of the technological innovations changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Bahrain residents.
He was then appointed by Deputy Prime Minister's Shaikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa in 2014 to chair the “Smart City Study Committee”. The main tasks of the committee was to prepare a comprehensive study to introduce the objectives of Smart Cities and the suitability and feasibility providing the best mechanism for applying such projects in the kingdom.
Al Qaed continues to be an active contributor to the sector of ICT as well as eGovernment and a keynote speaker in various regional and international conferences. He is also active writer with many articles and several specialized publications focusing on the technical and administrative aspects of information technology.