Dr. Sulaiman A. Mirdad

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Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad is Deputy Governor for Information Technology at the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia. Prior to Joining CITC, Dr. Mirdad was VP for Technology at the Advanced Arabian Systems (Naseej), and Cofounder and Principal Engineer at InfoLibria, a provider of Internet solutions for Content Distribution and Delivery products. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of IT, Dr. Mirdad coauthored a number of worldwide patents, while working at InfoLibria, in the subject of Content Distribution and Delivery. For these achievements, Dr. Mirdad was granted the King Abdulaziz Order of Merit (First Degree) in 2008 by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.

Dr. Mirdad patented research was one of the first to propose the integration of application and communications layers (known today as Layered Switching), and the integration of routing and caching (transparency between networks and applications). He was the first to introduce the concept of Transparent Proxies. Dr. Mirdad has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Boston University, an M.S. in Computer Science from The American University at Washington D.C., and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals.

Dr. Mirdad is currently heading the National ICT Advisory Council in Saudi Arabia, and is a member of the National eTransactions Steering Committee.