Dr. Shadah AlSalamah

Research Area
Global Digital Health & Information Systems
Information Security in Healthcare Information Systems
Cardiff University
Fellowship date
September 1, 2017
MIT Media Lab
Alex "Sandy" Pentland


Dr. Alsalamah is an academic, public speaker, entrepreneur, humanitarian, digital health advocate, and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) IBK Fellow. She is a contributor to the healthcare sector modernization movement, digital health transformation, and policymaking for better disease detection, prevention, and treatment. She has 14 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.

As of 2022, Dr. Alsalamah is an Associate Professor of Global Digital Health, Information Systems Department, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; a Technical Officer, Strategy and Governance, Department of Digital Health and Innovation, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; and a Principle Investigator, Artificial Intelligence Center, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In addition, Dr. Alsalamah serves on a number of national and international boards and working groups 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; The Saudi Association for Information Security, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; ITU/WHO FG-Artificial Intelligence for Health (AI4H) Regulatory Considerations Working Group (WG-RC), Geneva, Switzerland; ITU/WHO FG-AI4H Dental Diagnostics and Digital Dentistry Topic Group (TG-Dental), Geneva, Switzerland; and The International Network for Forensic Odontology.

Prior to this, Dr. Alsalamah served as a policy-maker at the National Health Information Center, Saudi Health Council, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She also consulted for the Saudi National Command Center, Saudi Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2020 to support with COVID-19 response. Dr. Alsalamah served as a Vice President of the mHealth Solutions Division at Anmar Tech, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Alsalamah has been one of the information security expert leaders in Saudi Arabia. In 2016 she co-founded CIAG and co-organized with its members the first information security summer school in Saudi Arabia that was well-received. In the same year, she established the Female Chapter of the Centre of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), KSU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which serves as the first information security entity in the region that involves women. 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 serves as a member of the Scientific Committee, General Department for Research and Studies, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and the editorial review board of a number of international journals. She has also 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.

Dr. AlSalamah's profile and selected publication list is available on her website.

Fellowship Research

During her IBK fellowship, Dr. AlSalamah solved national Saudi issues with a global impact using MIT Media Lab state-of-the-art technology. She worked in Prof. Sandy Pentland's Human Dynamic's Research Group on the applications of the blockchain and open algorithms in the digital healthcare arena.