General Manager - Microsoft Egypt
Merna Arif – General Manager – Microsoft Egypt
Set with a profound commitment to Egypt, Mirna Arif brings more than 20 years of experience
with multinational organizations and public sector entities across Europe, the Middle East and
Africa into the position of Microsoft Egypt General Manager. Equipped with a strong belief in
empathy-based management and in youth training, the first woman to assume this prestigious
role is leading the nation’s technological movement towards digital transformation.
To assert Microsoft Egypt’s competitive edge in the country’s tech industry, Arif is expanding the
company’s digital footprint across public and private organizations to accelerate their conversion
towards a digital economy.
Prior to being appointed as Microsoft Egypt GM in 2020, Arif held the position of Surface Business
Group Director for Middle East and Africa at Microsoft based in Dubai. From 2017 to 2019, Arif
held the title of Regional Director for Digital Transformation at GE Oil & Gas where she directed
the digital transformation strategy in North Africa and Turkey. Prior to that, she was the regional
Manager for Rosemount Group Middle East at Emerson Automation Solutions. In 2015, Arif was
appointed as Assistant Minister for Investment and International Cooperation at the Egyptian
Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, advising on the development and implementation
of the petroleum sector strategy. Preceding that, Arif spent the first 12 years of her career in
Schlumberger, where she assumed various leadership roles covering different international
markets, including Global Marketing Manager, spearheading worldwide marketing strategies for
the software and the marine acquisition segments.
Outside of Microsoft, Mirna sits on the Board of Directors of Banque Misr, the Board of Directors
of Rameda Pharma, the Board of Directors of Egypt Chamber of Information Technology, the
Supreme Advisory Board of Al Nas Hospital, and the Advisory Board of UNICEF Gen-U Egypt
(Shabab Balad). She is also the Co-Chair of the Digital Transformation Committee at The
American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (Amcham Egypt).
Arif holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the American University in Cairo
Egypt, and a Bachelor of Science (BSC) in computer science from the same university.