Dr. Zakareya Ahmed Al KhajaDeputy Chief Executive, Electronic Transformation

Dr. Zakareya Ahmed Al Khaja
Dr. Al Khaja is an academician, author, project developer and implementer, organization builder, optimist and above all, a man with a passion for his work. He believes in the power of technology and business model innovations to drive sustainable growth. 

Dr. Al Khaja brings to his current role more than two decades of experience in business, technology strategy development and execution, policy creation, business process reengineering, application delivery, technology infrastructure management, cloud adoption, artificial intelligence, quality management, and security strategies.
Dr. Al Khaja was appointed Vice Chief Executive of the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) in 2012. Before that, he was the Director of Policies, Standards and Business Process Reengineering, a position to which he was appointed in 2007.

As one of iGA’s founders, Dr. Al Khaja has a proven track record of successfully implementing eGovernment digital strategies in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2010, 2016 and 2018. He was instrumental in transforming more than 500 government services through multiple delivery channels (Portal, Mobile, and Kiosks) and executing many successful government strategic projects by deploying emerging technologies.

In addition, he holds several positions in the fields of Business and ICT and engineering of administration operations and is an active member of several specialized national committees. He regularly contributes to research papers and is a distinguished keynote speaker at international conferences.

Before joining the iGA, he held key positions in the media and business fields, including an IT consultant and a contributor to the success of many electronic media projects and media organizations.  During his academic career at the University of Bahrain’s College of Information Technology, his passion for digital technologies generated academic and research interests in eGovernance and Digital Innovation among students and faculty.

In 2021, Dr. Al Khaja was awarded the Prince Salman bin Hamad Medal for Medical Merit by HRH, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister in recognition of his prominent role in safeguarding public health during the COVID-19 global pandemic. He was also awarded the Proficiency Medal by His Royal Majesty the King of Bahrain.

Dr. Al Khaja holds a PhD in Building and Implementing Strategies in Information Systems and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science.