AFRICA – Microsoft, a technology and software company, has appointed Ghanaian corporate expert, Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh, as the strategic partner lead for Africa at its new Africa Transformation Office.
Kyerematen-Jimoh will be responsible to build strategic partnerships with governments, telecommunications operators, financial institutions and international firms operating across Africa.
The agreements will also extend to financial institutions, Telco operators, the UN, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and other international organizations, with the primary goal of creating life-changing and sustainable innovations that will impact Africa.
Microsoft’s establishment of an Africa Transformation Office (ATO) is a reinforcement of its investment in the continent, to enable digital transformation for the continent powered by Africans for Africa.
The office will focus on facilitating growth and fuelling investment in four essential development areas – digital infrastructure, skills development, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and startups.
The company believes that these ambitious goals cannot be achieved alone, but through strategic partnerships with governments, international organisations, multinationals, and industries, in a manner that accelerates investments in Africa and increase the continent’s export of digital services.
“We are delighted to welcome Angela to the team. With over 20 years of leadership experience across the continent in both regional and international roles, Angela will drive strategic partnerships and alliances aimed at accelerating digital transformation,” Wael Elkabbany, Managing Director, ATO said.
“Angela is also very passionate about the continent and being a part of an organization that is focused on economic growth through technology.”
Reacting to her appointment, the corporate expert expressed that she was poised to take up the position which falls in line with scaling up growth in key areas.
“I am certain this will be one of the biggest success stories for our continent. We are rolling up our sleeves and getting started! Come with me on this super exciting journey!” Kyerematen-Jimoh said.
Prior to joining Microsoft, she was the first female and first African Executive Director/Regional Head for IBM North, East and West Africa, where she advanced IBM’s Hybrid Cloud and AI momentum across 35 countries in Africa.
She also worked for UBS Investment Bank and ABN AMRO in the UK, was Head of Consumer Banking for GT Bank Ghana and Head of Prestige Banking for UBA Bank Ghana. Angela sits on multiple boards including the board of the Central Bank of Ghana.