Dr. Shada Alsalamah is an academic, public speaker, entrepreneur, IBK-Fellow, and patient-centricity advocate. Dr. Alsalamah is a contributor to the healthcare sector modernization movement and policymaking for better disease detection, prevention, and treatment. She has many years of experience in building secure, mobile, and intelligent solutions using emerging digital technologies that solve local problems with the potential to have a global impact. Currently, Dr. Alsalamah is a full-time Consultant at the Department of Digital Health and Innovation, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; An Assistant Professor of Healthcare Information Systems Security at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and a Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, United States. In addition, Dr. Alsalamah serves on a number of national and international blockchain, artificial intelligence, and information security boards including, but not limited to, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Blockchain Expert Policy Advisory Board, Paris, France; The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications, Brussels, Belgium; TheDevMaster AI company, Los Angeles, CA, United States; and The Saudi Association for Information Security, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Prior to this, Dr. Alsalamah consulted for the Saudi National Command Center, Saudi Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to support with COVID-19 response. She also served as a Vice President of the mHealth Solutions Division at AnmarIT, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 3 years. Between 2017-2019 she joined the Media Lab, MIT as a Visiting Scholar working on the applications of the blockchain and open algorithms in the digital healthcare arena. Early 2019, she co-founded the Global Co-Creation Laboratory, MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT. Furthermore, Dr. Alsalamah holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science since 2015, as well as, an MSc degree in Strategic Information Systems with Information Assurance since 2010 both from Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Finally, Dr. Alsalamah is a member of the editorial review board of a number of international journals and has been an invited speaker and a panelist at a number of regional and international events organized by Misk Talk, MIT, World Bank, United Nations, OECD, University of Oxford, ASPEN, HIMSS, and the British Science Collaboration Symposium on Cyber Security.