I believe that children cannot be free if their mothers are not free, parents cannot be free if their daughters are not free, husbands cannot be free if their wives cannot be free, society is nothing if women are nothing. Our struggle is not about driving a car, our struggle is about being in the driver’s seat of our own destiny.

Founded Women2Drive movement in 2011. Currently writing my memoir (Daring to Drive: Growing Up Female in A Men-Only Kingdom) that will be published by Simon & Schuster fall of 2015

I worked as an Information Security Consultant II- Information Protection Management Division – Arabian Oil Company  2002-2012
and as a mother of one son (Abdullah) since 2005

Some certificates:

Master Art Diploma – International Correspondence Schools, Pennsylvania 1997

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science – King Abdulaziz University 2002

NLP Diploma – INLPTA

Security Principles Certificate

Network and Host Security Certificate

Certified Vulnerabilities Assessor

Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

ISO 27001 Implementer and Lead Auditor

Member in al Jabal Toastmaster International Speech Club, Dhahran


3rd place award on the Region of Makkah intermediate schools – General Administration for the Education of Girls

1st place award on the Region of Makkah high schools – General Administration for the Education of Girls

Awards and medals for achievements with the 1st university basketball team – King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah

The 1st Honor and Excellency Award – King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah

1st Saudi woman specialize in Information Security Field

Founder and member of the alpha team (total 4 members) that conducted the 1st in-house ethical hacking project which resulted in the on-going Penetration Testing to secure Saudi Aramco network and systems

Led Saudi Aramco committee that reviewed the 1st GCC Cyber Law

Achievement award, founder of the 1st in-house penetration testing team – IT

1st place award, (Identity Theft) white paper – IT

Recognition awards, official speaker in the PDP orientation program for 2 times – Career Development Department

Recognition award, official speaker in the e-services symposium – Eastern Province Emara

Recognition letter as part of the 75th organizing team – Abdullah Juma’a, former CEO

2 achievements recognition certificates – IT Head

Achievement certificates and awards – IPMD Head

Recognition award, official speaker in the 1st IT Business Continuity Seminar – IP&TPD Head

International Recognition

Most Inspiring Arab Women Award, Arabian Business, 2014

Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent, 2012

The 100 Most Influential People in the World, TIME Magazine, 2012

Top 150 Fearless Women of the World, Newsweek, 2012

Global Leadership Awards, Vital Voices, 2012

Top 100 Powerful Arab Women, Arabian Business, 2012 – 2013 – 2014

10 Women Who Rocked the World, Forbes, 2011

Top 100 Global Thinkers Who Shaped the World Conversation, Foreign Policy, 2012

Alhayat NewspaperLondon

Weekly Writer

Write about hot topics in Saudi society, confronting taboos and societal restraints.

Islamist Gate, Abu Dhabi

Bi-monthly Writer

Write about political Islam

One thought on “About

  1. انا ابوشمس من تويتر …
    رغم اختلافي معك في الكثير ، لكني افتقدك في تويتر …

    هل انتي بخير ؟

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s