Affordable Access and Smart Financing
Frank McCosker is General Manager of Affordable Access and Smart Financing
in Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiatives. He is responsible for designing and
implementing affordable access projects in many countries on the African
continent utilizing new technologies including TV White Spaces and dynamic
spectrum allocation. He is also finding new and smart ways to make access
to finance more affordable for the ICT ecosystem in African countries.
Frank McCosker joined Microsoft’s East European Headquarters in 1997 and
during his 7 years with in CEE Region he successfully guided Microsoft in
carrying out key public sector-related development projects. In 1999 he
was promoted to General Manager of Microsoft Bulgaria and spent one year
setting up the subsidiary in Sofia, where he assisted the Bulgarian
government in initiating strategic public sector reform projects.
As recognition of his achievements, Frank McCosker was named Director and
later General Manager of Microsoft’s East European Headquarters in Munich,
Germany, in 2000. For the next four years he was responsible for the
overall East European Sales, Marketing and Services business and managed
the Headquarters team.
From 2004 until 2013 he held the role of Global Managing Director, Global
Strategic Accounts, Multilateral Organisations for Microsoft with
responsibility for Microsoft’s engagement with multilateral organisations
United Nations, NATO, European Institutions, World Bank including all the
International Financial Institutions, Intergovernmental Organisations and
the bilateral providers of Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Throughout his career, Frank McCosker has combined a distinguished career
of business, philanthropic and humanitarian leadership with a personal
life of public service. Both his career and his voluntary activities
have reflected a commitment to improving the lives of others with a
special interest in young people at risk and giving something back to
the international community. He served as a Trustee and was in charge
of organizing and running the annual holidays of the St. John’s
Handicapped Children Trust between 1990 and 1996.
McCosker, born in 1968 in Mexico, grew up in Italy and in the United
Kingdom. He graduated in Business Studies (BA Hons) from the Polytechnic
of North London in 1991 and prior to joining Microsoft worked in variety
of roles in ICL including General Manager of ICL Ukraine, where he spent
two years. McCosker, his wife and their four children live in London,
United Kingdom. Outside work, his interests include reading, travel, wine
and most importantly his family.