Dr. Sara Jeza Al-Otaibi has been the director general of the women’s branch of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in the Makkah region since January 2018. She has also been a member of the IPA’s supreme committee since then.
Al-Otaibi received her bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from the College of Sciences at King Abdul Aziz University in 2007.
Two years later she attended the School of Electronics and Computer Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK, where she completed her master’s degree in web technology in 2010. In 2014, she obtained her Ph.D. in the same field of study at the same university.
In 2018, she served as dean of library affairs for students and as an associate professor in web technology at Taif University (TU). Later that year she began teaching at the IPA as an associate professor. She was the first dean of library affairs for male and female students in Saudi Arabia.
From 2017 to 2018, she served as the dean for undergraduate studies (female section) and as a board member of the TU. She was vice dean for university development and the vice dean for e-learning and distance education at TU.
She has also been a part-time consultant at the Jubail-based Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE), which is run under the auspices of UNESCO.
Al-Otaibi is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Technologies and Lifelong Learning (JITLL), an IT British peer-reviewed and open-access journal.
She is known for designing Finger ID, a desktop application that uses a biometric recognition system. This aims to be convenient for internet users as they do not have to remember multiple usernames and passwords to access multiple online accounts.