PSF2 : Lions go Digital - The Potential Transformative Impact of the Internet and Technology on the African Continent
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:15 - 17:45
Mteto Nyati is Managing Director of Microsoft South Africa. Since taking the role in September 2008, Mr Nyati has driven Microsoft South Africa’s transformation to a company that enables a new wave of experiences for people and businesses by using a combination of devices and cloud-based services. Mr Nyati was named as one of the Yale University’s World Fellows on Global Leadership in 2004, which sparked a keen interest in the discipline of leadership, both in society and at a corporate level. Today, a key part of Mr Nyati’s job is to drive Microsoft's innovation and leadership across the company's core businesses in key markets. One of his proudest achievements has been the launch of a scheme that has seen Microsoft invest significantly in growing small black enterprises over the next seven years. He has also been integral to the development and implementation of Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative. This multi-year initiative aims to actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. Mr Nyati has won the coveted Black Management Forum’s Manager of The Year award in 2012 and the Oliver Empowerment’s Male Business Personality in 2013. Before joining Microsoft, Mr Nyati spent 12 years at IBM, where he held a series of senior executive roles. He matriculated from St John’s College in Umtata in 1980. He was given a scholarship by Afrox and achieved a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal in 1985. His interests include cycling, travelling, writing (he is a published columnist), reading and coaching.