Corporate Vice President – Microsoft Corporation
President – Microsoft Middle East & Africa
As Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation and President for Microsoft Middle East & Africa (MEA), Ali 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.
Ali 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 certainly its most diverse one. Microsoft MEA operates through 32 offices and covers 79 countries across three continents.
Throughout his twenty year career in the IT industry, Ali has held different 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,
Ali 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 & Malta.
In May 2002, Ali 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.
Ali graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, majoring in Computer Science & Automatic Control and has a MBA in Strategic Marketing from the University of Hull in the UK. He is married and has two sons. He loves the IT industry and its impact on empowering people and transforming industries. He is passionate about the future of people in emerging markets. He also enjoys music, reading and the occasional round of golf.
Date of Birth: June 17th, 1964