Microsoft announces Managing Director of cognition Africa engineering team in Nigeria

Sep 23, 2019

Former Windows and Windows phone partner architect returns to the company as Managing Director in new Microsoft initiative in Nigeria.

Gafar Lawal will lead the Microsoft Africa cognition team as Managing Director. Helping the team based in Lagos develop a suite of mixed reality and artificial intelligence cloud services. These will be Azure services that power new augmented reality experiences for Microsoft’s mixed reality platform.

The newly appointed Microsoft Africa Development Centre Lagos site managing director says:

“I am looking forward to embarking on this incredible new journey with the Microsoft team and effectively playing my part in bringing digital transformation to the continent at large.
I hope that as we continue to not only identify and nurture talent but also bring about unprecedented change, that we will continue to aid every individual involved to achieve more.”

Gafar Lawal, MD Microsoft ADC Nigeria

Gafar Lawal worked at Microsoft for six years. Serving as Partner Architect in the Windows server group and Windows phone services division. Before moving on to take up the role of Managing Director and Global Chief Technology Architect for the Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley. He spent ten years as First Vice President and Chief Technology Architect at Merrill Lynch.

Microsoft says Africa Development Centre engineers are already working with local partners and customers on key issues. Furthermore new graduates and experienced technologists will be able to join the Microsoft Africa Development Centre site in Lagos. To begin or continue exciting careers in areas that include AI, mixed reality and application development.