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iHub By Jessica Colaço / June 17, 2012

Louis Otieno Fireside Chat at the iHub


On the 21st of June, The iHub will be hosting Microsoft’s General Manager for East and Southern Africa, Louis Otieno, for a  Fireside Chat starting at 6:00pm to 8:oopm.

Louis Otieno is Microsoft’s General Manager for East and Southern Africa (ESA), covering 15 countries. He is responsible for Microsoft’s overall business management and strategic development in the
region. His leadership, technology insight and operational expertise have spearheaded the steadfast growth of the company’s revenue and its expansion in new markets such as Angola. He is also part of the Leadership Team that steers Microsoft’s business in the West, East, Central Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands (WECA).

Louis played a lead role in the localization of Microsoft Office & Windows into Kiswahili – a first for an African language – which paved way for the extension of the localization program into seven other African languages.

Until his appointment as the GM for ESA in 2007, Louis was the Director for Enterprise Sales in Microsoft WECA region. Prior to that, he was the Director for Business Operations & Marketing, a position he held till 2004. He also served as Country Manager for Kenya between 1997 and 2002. Before joining Microsoft, Louis was a developer and rose to become the Vice President, Information Systems at EEC Financial Services Inc, a firm based in New York & New Jersey, USA. He is a graduate of Mercy College, NY (BSc. Computer Science); and Long Island University, NY (MBA in Business Administration).

He is also an advisor to the Presidential Investor’s Round table in Uganda and Tanzania as well as in the Presidential ICT round table in Mozambique. In addition, he is a member of the East Africa Business Summit and served as chair of the American Business Association in Kenya in 2005.

Click here to RSVP. This is a fireside chat you don’t want to miss.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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