As corporate vice president of Microsoft Corporation, Ali Faramawy is a key member of the international leadership team responsible for the company’s global strategy, particularly in emerging and high-growth markets. He is also president of Microsoft Middle East and Africa (MEA), leading Microsoft’s operations in an area that represents one of the company’s most diverse, fastest-growing and dynamic markets. MEA’s 2,000-member team spans 40 offices and covers 79 countries across three continents.
Faramawy began his Microsoft career in October 1997 as the general manager of Microsoft Egypt, taking on additional responsibilities of the broader Eastern Mediterranean region shortly thereafter. He led the establishment of Microsoft Middle East and Africa in 2002 and was named area president in 2004. During his tenure, he led the corporation’s impressive growth in this key region and was promoted to corporate vice president of Microsoft in 2011.
Faramawy is also the founder and executive sponsor of Microsoft’s large-scale 4Afrika initiative, which helps African youth tap into technology to realize their potential. The initiative focuses on enabling innovation, encouraging entrepreneurs and startups, developing applications that empower people and help governments, enabling affordable connectivity and creating lifelong learning opportunities for millions of people.
With a passion for people and technology, Faramawy has a love of the IT industry that stems from his strong belief in its ability to empower individuals, transform businesses and positively impact societies. In recognition of his achievements, he was featured among the top 10 in the 2016 Forbes Middle East list of the Top 100 Executives in the Middle East.
Throughout his long career in the industry, Faramawy held a variety of technical, sales, managerial and executive roles in the Middle East and Europe, with organizations such as Dun & Bradstreet Software, NCR Corporation, Yokogawa Marex and Microsoft Corporation.
Currently residing in Turkey, Faramawy holds a bachelor’s in computer science and automatic control from Alexandria University’s Faculty of Engineering and an MBA in strategic marketing from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom.
Faramawy has served on a number of advisory committees and boards, including the Advisory Committee for the President of South Africa (2005-2008) and the U.S.-Egypt Business Council (2003-2005). Faramawy is a member of the Board of Trustees of The American University in Cairo as well as Egypt’s Social Fund for Development. He is also the chairman and founder of the MasrdotBokra Foundation, which he established in 2013 as a forum to connect, develop and support Egyptian youth in pursuit of their careers.