Microsoft has appointed Kunle Awosika as the new Managing Director of its Africa Transformation Office (ATO).
He succeeds Wael Elkabbany who served in the position for barely nine months before being appointed as the firm’s head of Africa Regional Cluster.
Kunle, who has an in-depth understanding and passion for Africa’s growth, has a career spanning over 22 years working in different countries on the continent.
He has held various positions at Microsoft including being one of the three pioneer team members when Microsoft opened its office in Nigeria, director of Enterprise Business and Country Manager Microsoft Kenya and director of Small and Medium Corporates, Emerging Markets.
Commenting on his appointment, Kunle exuded confidence in helping Africa to tap its digital potential.
“I look forward to playing a role in unlocking Africa’s potentials as the ATO develops and steers strategic partnership with governments, international organizations, and partners to accelerate digital transformation agendas and fuel a knowledge-based economy,” said Kunle.
His predecessor Wael Elkabbany while welcoming him to his new position noted that his rich experience and zeal for Africa’s growth suit him well for the office he is taking.
“While his multifaceted experience of the continent and deep understanding of transformative technology, Kunle Awosika is ideally placed to lead the strategy, investments and initiatives of Microsoft’s transformation plans for the Africa continent,” said Elkabbany.
ATO, which was launched in 2021, is Microsoft’s subsidiary charged with driving digital transformation initiatives across Africa.
It is focused on enabling growth and propelling investment in four key areas which are digital infrastructure, skilling, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and start-ups.