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Keynote Lecture & Plenary 1

Wednesday, 6 October 2021 | 16:30 - 18:00 | Room Athena [Main Auditorium]


Cross-border collaboration and digital diplomacy: experiences and needs to surf the wave of digital transformation

Three decades of experiences emphasises that the successful digital transformation requires a high-level of domestic collaboration. Increasingly the cross-border partnerships are sought for cyber security, identify management, interoperability of data and services. This keynote and panel explore national and regional experiences of collaboration, and digital diplomacy, and how this may be facilitated further by national and international organisations and stakeholders.



Abdulrahman Al Mutairi

Digital Government Authority


Eng. Abdulrahman Al Mutairi is currently VP of strategy and Digital Standers at the newly established Digital Government Authority in Saudi Arabia. For the last three years, he held the same position within Yesser – eGovernment program. He leads the creation of new authority with a powerful mandate to empower the Saudi digital government. Being the lead strategist in the newly formed entity, he oversees the development of a five-year plan to empower and establish a solid and robust digital government practices nationwide.

Eng. Almutairi is a significant contributor in creating the national transform program and vision 2030, working in different vision2030 priorities agenda with leading government agencies. He held the Deputy Minister of Social development position and helped restructure four main goals for social development goals related to vision2030. His extensive experience in ecosystem design and implementation had help major sector transformation and reformation endeavors.

Eng. Almutairi has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has also held a Certification of Management Excellence (CME) from Harvard Business School and attended many executive education courses with leading business schools across the globe.


Delfina Soares
United Nations University (UNU-EGOV)


Nele Leosk
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sherifa Fouad Sherif
National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development