Ethiopian Amrote Abdella, In Quartz Africa Innovators 2016 list.


From the list on innovation in the sense of big ideas, creative vision, entrepreneurship and homegrown, globally scalable problem-solving on Quartz African innovators 2016 list of 32 African figures, Tech executive at Microsoft was chosen from Ethiopia.

Amrote Abdella has held top positions at major international corporations such as the World Bank, World Economic Forum and Microsoft. A regional director for Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, Abdella helps startups across Africa to get technical expertise, supports them to scale up while also enabling them to create African solutions for can be altered into global solutions.

Since its launch in February 2013, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative has grown to empower more than 273,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs), 76,000 youth, 20,000 government workers and nine innovation hubs with access to resources, technology and skills.

With a passion for entrepreneurship, Abdella advises entrepreneurs looking to start businesses in Africa to always think of developing solutions relevant for Africa. She believes that the 4Afrika Initiative is perfectly aligned to accelerate the development of African solutions not just for African problems but the world at large. For her, just like in Africa’s case, the sky of possibilities is limitless.

“Amrote is a true champion of African entrepreneurs and African youth in general. She cares deeply about the growth of the continent and is always involved in the most important discussions that shape the future of the continent. Beyond her work at Microsoft funding African startups, she is an incredible resource and generous with her time to African entrepreneurs who reach out for advice,” Sara Menker, founder Gro Intelligence and 2015 Quartz Africa Innovator.