Bio

Somet Kipchilat sits at forefront of the fastest growing technology industry and market as a startup engagement manager for Sub-Saharan Africa under Microsoft`s Africa Initiative (4Afrika).

He plays a key role in representing the company externally within the Startup and developer ecosystem on the continent  and advocates on Microsoft’s work on several critical issues around technology  including Access, skills, privacy, security, accessibility.

He has spent the last few years driving Microsoft`s ISV Partner and startups engagements and has helped position Microsoft as a market leader in the cloud space across the African continent.

A passionate cloud architect with deep industry knowledge in technology he has worked with over 500 startups and partners across several markets to build solutions on the cloud that have both a local and global impact.

Throughout his 6 years in Microsoft he has built a reputation for developing programs and engagements to empower developers, evangelizing developer tools across enterprises, startups, and student developer audiences.

He works closely with startups to build business strategies, incubate new business models based on technologies that have built on top of Microsoft cloud services and to scale those across different markets

Somet holds board advisory positions in a number of organizations across east Africa and the United Kingdom.

He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in IT from Jomo Kenyatta university and several industry certifications in both technical and business areas.

Somet is a valued conference and professional speaker on not only Microsoft technology and programs but also digital transformation, data protection, data privacy and cloud governance, presenting in a number of conferences and industry events to both technical and business audiences