Microsoft has appointed Gafar Lawal as the Managing Director of the Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Nigeria.
This appointment is coming five months after Microsoft launched the African Development Center (ADC) in May 2019. ADC was lanched with the goal to recruit talented budding African engineers that will be mentored and groomed to them develop innovative solutions that can address the Africa’s pressing challenges and make global impact through technology.
Gafar Lawal has more than 20 years of experience. He rejoins Microsoft from Morgan Stanley where he served as the MD and Global Chief Technology Architect for the Wealth Management Division in the Greater New York area, a position he held from August 2013 till mid 2016.
Prior to this time at Morgan Stanley, Lawal spent over six years working at Microsoft’s US headquarters in Redmond, Wisconsin as Partner Architect in the Windows server group and Windows phone services division. He also spent a decade as the First VP and Chief Technology Architect at Merrill Lynch.
“The ADC is unlike any other existing investment on the continent – enabling us to better listen to our customers, develop locally and scale for global impact – in the grand scheme of things, presenting a strategic opportunity for us to comprehend a continent that is rapidly adopting cloud technology and massive innovation at the intelligent edge,” says Mike Fortin, the Corporate VP at Microsoft. “We’ve been actively sourcing talent to join our team of engineers and are delighted to have Gafar bring his leadership skills to the team.”
Lawal’s appointment to head Microsoft’s ADC in Nigeria follows the firm’s announcement of Jack Ngare as the head of the facility in Nairobi, Kenya.