Resume

Professional Summary

Somet is a Partner Development Manager within Microsoft`s Africa Initiatives (Microsoft 4Afrika) his role is to Identify, qualify, onboard, and enable strategic, net-new partners to develop solutions on the Microsoft platform. He is also accountable for driving performance of the portfolio of partners by business priority.

Previously somet Served as a Technical Evangelist in Microsoft 4Afrika his role was to empower and inspire ISVs (Independent Software Vendors), developers and technical audiences with tools and technologies that will allow them to unlock new and unique opportunities across cloud Technologies and build scalable solutions.

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to do more, the 4Afrika Initiative is perfectly aligned to accelerate this for the African continent through locally relevant innovation, affordable access, and skills development

Prior to that Somet was a part of the Developer Experience and Platform Evangelism (Dx) team Within Microsoft East Africa based out of Nairobi.

The  mission of the Developer Experience organization is to drive adoption while supporting a vibrant, healthy, and sustainable partner and developer ecosystem locally for Microsoft’s key platforms and winning the next generation of developers – students, startups and professionals by helping them optimize their technical strategy, competitive differentiation and core value proposition of Microsoft Platform and technologies.

Somet holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from the Jomo Kenyatta University of agriculture and technology in Kenya

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES SUMMARY

  • Served as a Project manager for the Afrika Initiatives.
  • Served as a Cloud solutions architect under the innovation team within the Microsoft Africa Initiatives (Microsoft 4Afrika).
  • Served as a Project manager for Kaizala in Kenya.
  • Served as an auxiliary CTO for several startups.
  • Served as a technical resource for the Microsoft East Africa Subsidiary.
  • Thought Leader on GDPR and its Impact on the Continent.
  • Served as a consultant for several government projects through the ICT Authority of Kenya.

Breadth activities.

  • Served as a Mentor and Jury for the Seedstars World Competitions in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Switzerland in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Worked at part of the organizing team for the Next tech Africa Conference 2017
  • Served as a Judge for the Microsoft Imagine Cup Innovation Competition 2018.
  • Served as a Judge for the Connected East Africa summit innovation award 2016.
  • Served as a trainer for the Presidential Digital Talent Program in 2017
  • Speaker at the Sahara Sparks Smart Cities event in Dar Es Salaam 2017
  • Speaker/ Trainer for AfriLabs in Nigeria in 2017
  • Speaker for the Nairobi Tech Week 2017 and 2018

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Partner Development Manager

Location: Microsoft Africa Initiatives – Kenya

Industry: Information Technology and Services.

Aug 2018 – Present

The Partner Development Manager (PDM) role is key to Microsoft’s partner management strategy, operating within the One Commercial Partner Organization. The PDM is a business development role that aligns with a partner segment and is accountable for driving performance of the unmanaged portfolio of partners by business priority. The goal is to drive partner recruitment, enablement and business growth based on their strengths and priorities.

Technical Evangelist at Microsoft 4Afrika

Location: Microsoft Africa Initiatives – Kenya

Industry: Information Technology and Services.

December 2015 – August 2018 (2 years 8 months)

My role is to empower and inspire ISVs (Independent Software Vendors), Developers and technical audiences with tools and technologies that will allow them to unlock new and unique opportunities across cloud Technologies. And can build solutions that can scale. I also work with teams across the company to better drive technology investments across Africa.

My Responsibilities

1. Solution Envisioning: Leads Digital Transformation/Envisioning Workshops/Practice Accelerators for CIOs and CTOs at which solutions to capitalize on identified market opportunities are shared

2. Technology Roadmap: Defines the technology roadmap for new solutions, seeking technical commitment and investment from startups CTOs, CIOs and Practice Managers

3. Business Modelling: Assess the strategic, technical alignment of the startup’s solution with Microsoft’s technology priorities

4. Success Storytelling: Provide insights and examples to startups of developed solutions on multiple solution areas targeting specific industries

5. Profitability Modelling: Translate the technology roadmap into a multi-year profitability model that defines the ROI and economic value proposition for the startups

6. Enablement Planning: Build the technical enablement plan leveraging the Partner  Services Framework including On-boarding, up/cross-skilling, Bootcamps, training and meeting certification requirements

7. Enablement Execution: Oversees success for the delivery of workshops, Bootcamps, training necessary to build the technical skills and expertise of startups

8. Technical Engagements: Contributes to the success of Proof of Concepts, Architecture Design Sessions, Hackfest by collaborating with Technical Architects to lead the execution

9. Capacity Planning: As part of startup Capacity Planning Identify and consults on the strategic alignment of startups towards Microsoft’s technology priorities and their technical readiness to address solution gaps

10. Co-selling: Work with Microsoft account technical sales teams through the first mile ensuring startups are ready for Co-selling

Senior IT manager Energy Saving Solutions Kenya

Location: Nairobi Kenya

Industry: Energy.

September 2015 February 2016(6 months)

My Role was to ensure a consistent and systematic delivery of applications and technology infrastructure programs and projects in the organization that ensures the growth of the business.

My Responsibilities

Developer Experience and Platform Evangelist(Dx)-  Microsoft

Location: Microsoft East Africa – Nairobi, Kenya.

Industry: Information Technology and Services.

December 2014 – July 2015(8 months)

In this Role, I Lead Microsoft’s engagement with the professional developer community and evangelize Microsoft Azure. Azure is the growth engine for Microsoft, spanning application, infrastructure, data, and artificial intelligence businesses, and this role was accountable for driving awareness and engagement with the professional developer community as a subject-matter expert.

My responsibilities  were

  1. Handhold developers who built software on Microsoft platform both student developers and independent software vendor audiences in their use of Microsoft Technology.
  2. Managed a Team in around 30 Interns for Dx across east and southern Africa.
  3. Leading the MSP program which is a youth-focused program – On campus, use of tools which appeal to youth such as social media for promotion of programs.
  4. Increase awareness of the developer community about the Windows platform by organizing boot camps and related events. on campus presentations for the promotion of products/tools.
  5. Building applications for internal use.
  6. Working with virtual teams, with program Managers in Dubai and the community of interns in MEA, weekly calls, sharing, and collaboration.
  7. Participating in some more corporate projects in partnership with Partners such as boot camps for distributors and partners.
  8. Supporting all other business segments from a technical perspective

Digital Platform Developer- Maramoja Commercial Agencies.

Industry: Industrial Supplies.

May 2014 – December 2014(8 months)

My Role was to manage IT Infrastructure and oversee development of content and Media for Digital Platforms for the Company. My Responsibilities were to build the digital platforms for the company from social media platforms, internal tools, and Web sites.

NOTABLE ENGAGEMENTS

Windows 10 Global Launch
Microsoft Next tech Afrika
Microsoft Hack 4Afrika Speaker Series.

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Information Technology

2011-2014

I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at the school of computer science and information technology. Activities and Societies: Microsoft Technical Communities, JKUAT Linux User Group,

Knowledge Transfer Center.

K4Life.

2013 – 2013

IT Service Management, Intelligent Infrastructure, Business Applications and Consulting cloud Solutions Knowledge Transfer Centre equips IT professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the ever-growing challenges of the IT industry and to assist SST customers to maximize on their heavy investment in technology by providing internationally recognized ICT related business training, delivered independently or in partnership with global technology vendors and service delivery partners.

Sacho high school

High School

2007 – 2010

High School grade: B+

Activities and Societies: Music, Computer

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Community Lead

Jkuat Linux User Group

Science and Technology

I am one of the community leaders at JLUG and also a contributor to .NET developers

Community Manager

Jkuat Microsoft Technical Community

July 2013 – November 2014 (1 year 5 months)

Science and Technology

I was the Community Manager I helped plan activities for the Community and also was the point of contact and developer experience manager and also handled interaction between the community and Microsoft

Microsoft Student Partner Lead- Kenya

2013-2014

Certifications

Exam 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Microsoft

June 2018 – Present

MTA: Cloud Fundamentals – Certified 2018

Microsoft

June 2018 – Present

Microsoft-INSEAD Value Negotiation

Microsoft – INSEAD

2018 to Present

MTA: Software Development Fundamentals

Microsoft

November 2014 – Present

Microsoft Technology Associate

Microsoft

November 2014 – Present

K4Life

Seven Seas technologies Knowledge transfer center

March 2013 – Present

HONORS & AWARDS

Go Green Hero Award

Microsoft East Africa

May 2015

He has gone out of his way to assist the new interns, guiding them on Microsoft culture He has also been keen to help the business teams and recently helped build the App that was used for registration at Connected East Africa event in Kenya exhibiting a true spirit of going above and beyond his call of duty to make others succeed.

GO Green Award

Microsoft East Africa

March 2015

He has gone over and above his role to support other business segments from a technology perspective. Has worked with teams across the different segments and has shown an ability to learn and adapt at every opportunity presented to him.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

French – Elementary proficiency

English – Full professional proficiency

kiswahili – Full professional proficiency

PROJECTS

Microsoft AI/IOT Pop Up Lab

Microsoft Insider Labs

Businesses from small startups to large companies and entrepreneurs look set to save significant amounts of time and money when Microsoft’s state of the art IoT & AI Insider Lab launches in April.

Following the success of existing labs in the US and China, the new Munich-based lab will be perfectly placed to connect with every major tech hub and capital in EMEA.

Microsoft’s IoT and AI Insider Labs enable users to bring their early stage projects or solutions to an environment which allows rapid design, prototyping, and testing, with a team of dedicated Microsoft experts on hand every step of the way to provide guidance and assistance.

THE GENESIS

Starting February 2012 The Genesis is a Christian monthly event that seeks to bring artists together and give them a platform to explore their talent in the field of poetry and spoken word. However, the Genesis is planning to expand and cover all artistic fields in noble arts.

Web Developer For Swivel Marketing Ke

June 2014 – June 2014

Development of the companies website with a could service backend.

REFERENCES

Rotimi Olumide Windows Business Group Lead -WECA rotimio@microsoft.com Amrote Abdella Director, Microsoft Africa Initiatives. amrota@microsoft.com
Judy Njeri Managing Director Maramoja Commercial Agencies judy@maramojaca.com Dominic Kamau Director Energy Saving Solutions dominic@ess.co.ke