Global Meets Local – Top 50 Executives Regional Executives Heading International Companies
Designation: President, Middle East and Africa
Headquarters: United States
Local Headquarters: U.A.E.
Samer Abu-Ltaif leads the MEA team, which covers 40 offices that oversee 79 countries across three continents. His role focuses on developing partnerships with governments and enterprises to increase productivity and digital transformation agendas. In 2020, his team launched four data centers across MENA, with two more reportedly coming soon. Microsoft has worked closely with health ministries and organizations in MENA this year to offer them Microsoft Health bot services to accelerate COVID-19 screening through self-assessments. Abu-Ltaif aims to shift to renewable energy for all the data centers by 2025 and for Microsoft’s direct operations to be water positive by 2030.