H.E. Dr. Saeed has earned his Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA, in 1994. For ten years, he has been an academic professor at the UAE University during which he has built a strong teaching and research background. His long personal interest in IT has enriched his experience through participation in many IT seminars and conferences worldwide. His career included consulting and advising several UAE government organizations in areas including IT systems development, e-government/smart government, smart city, financial & investment management services and national ID systems. Dr. Saeed was appointed in 2004 as the Director General of the newly formed Emirates Identity Authority. He established and led the authority for two years. For the past five years he worked as an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Information systems where he helped to position the ministry as a leader in IT practices. He has helped the ministry develop its ICT infrastructure and smart government program as well as its social media strategy. Currently, H.E. Dr. Saeed is the Chairman of the board of Smartworld, a joint venture between Etisalat and Dubai World Central. Smartworld was established in 2008 as a Digital ICT service provider delivering fully integrated and comprehensive managed services across several sectors in the Middle East.