September 19, 2011
Who is Ali Faramawy?
Microsoft Corporation has announced recently the promotion of Ali Faramawy to Corporate Vice President and President of Microsoft Middle East & Africa. The promotion of Faramawy recognizes his strong leadership and contributions to helping fuel growth across the MEA region. It underlines the growing role of MEA as an area strongly contributing to the overall success of Microsoft.
techegypt will give you a spot light on Ali Faramawy’s career, leading to his new position as VP Microsoft Corp and President of Microsoft Middle East & Africa.
Ali Faramawy graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alexandria, majoring in Computer Science and Automatic Control. He has an MBA in Strategic Marketing from the University of Hull in the UK.
Ali joined Microsoft in October 1997 as the General Manager of Microsoft Egypt, after a successful career in the IT industry where he held different Technical, Sales and Managerial roles in different parts of the Middle East and Europe with companies like Bun &Bradstreet Software, NCR Corporation, Yokogawa Marex, before finally joining Microsoft Corporation.
After running a four year successful spell in the role of Microsoft Egypt General Manager, Ali moved on to assume additional responsibilities for the area of Eastern Mediterranean, which encompassed Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus and Malta.
In May 2002, Ali moved to take on the newly established position of Regional Director in charge of Sales, Marketing and Services for the Middle East and Africa Region. Consequently he led efforts to transform the company’s regional presence with a newly established regional headquarters and a much wider geographical presence.
In April 2004 he was promoted to a dual position of President of Microsoft Middle East & Africa where he was directly responsible for Microsoft’s operations in the Middle East & Africa Area, which is one of thirteen areas comprising Microsoft’s worldwide operations. The MEA represents one of Microsoft’s fastest growing and dynamic markets and certainly it’s most diverse.
In parallel to being President of Microsoft Middle East & Africa, Faramawy was also appointed Vice President of Microsoft International, where he had a number of responsibilities both on the business strategy and the business operations fronts. He is an active member of the International leadership team that is responsible for the company’s strategy and initiatives.
Through his different roles at Microsoft, Faramawy has been integral in pioneering new types of partnerships that focus on market development and fostering the local software economy. This includes the company’s innovative new strategy for its broad-based black economic empowerment initiative in South Africa and in building up the partner ecosystem for MEA through systematic training of college graduates. He has been fundamental in overseeing the engagement of more than 12 million educators and students through Microsoft’s Partners in Learning program, helping individuals and communities gain access to the technology tools, skills and innovation they need to realise their full potential.
“Ali’s inspirational leadership and commitment to Microsoft and the MEA region have won him the respect of colleagues, customers and partners,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International. “He has achieved impressive results by building deep partnerships with governments, businesses and communities across MEA. I am confident Ali will continue to serve as an outstanding ambassador for Microsoft, helping people and businesses realize their full potential. "
Commenting on the announcement Faramawy said, “I am very proud to be a part of Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa right now, during a time of great challenge and opportunity for the region. There is incredible potential in MEA with its young population. We will continue to focus on the acceleration of talent development, equipping them with the right tools, opportunities, knowledge and infrastructure, as a skilled and well-trained workforce is essential for economic growth and stability.”
Updated: September 19, 2011 3:18 PM