As corporate vice president of Microsoft Corporation and president for Microsoft Middle East & Africa (MEA), Ali Faramawy has a number of responsibilities spanning business strategy and operations. He is a key member of the international leadership team that is responsible for the company's global strategy, with a particularly visible role amongst the company's worldwide emerging markets community.
Faramawy is directly responsible for Microsoft's operations in MEA, one of thirteen areas that comprise Microsoft's worldwide operations. The area represents one of Microsoft's fastest growing and dynamic markets and is certainly its most diverse one. Microsoft MEA operates through 32 offices and covers 79 countries across three continents.
Throughout his 20-year career in the IT industry, Faramawy has held a variety of technical, sales and managerial roles in different parts of the Middle East and in Europe with companies including Dun & Bradstreet Software, NCR Corporation, Yokogawa Marex and finally Microsoft Corporation.
Faramawy joined Microsoft in October 1997 as the general manager of Microsoft Egypt. After a successful four years in that role, he assumed additional responsibilities for the area of Eastern Mediterranean, which encompassed Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus and Malta.
In May 2002, Faramawy was named as the regional director for sales, marketing and services for a newly consolidated Microsoft Middle East and Africa region. In this role, he led the efforts to transform and grow the company's regional presence with a newly established regional headquarters. In 2004, he was promoted to president of Microsoft Middle East and Africa and in 2011 to corporate vice president of Microsoft Corporation.
Faramawy graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, majoring in computer science and automatic control, and has an MBA in strategic marketing from the University of Hull in the U.K. He is married and has two sons, and enjoys music, reading and the occasional round of golf.