Executive-in-Residence (Value Add Executive)
Executive-in-Residence / Value Add
Zoaib is the former CEO of Microsoft South Africa and has over 30 years of experience in the ICT sector, initially with IBM. Zoaib has been associated
with Sanari since 2020 in a non-executive and advisory capacity and formally joined the team early in 2022. He holds the important role of Executive-in-Residence, working with management in our portfolio companies to unlock value through strategy and general management, sales and business development, leadership and management development, as well as leveraging his sectoral know-how and network,
Zoaib spent 22 years at IBM, (where he led the Outsourcing, Software, Hardware and Public sector businesses), and 9 years at Microsoft South Africa. Prior to being appointed as the Microsoft SA MD in 2014, he was the leader for the Enterprise and Partner Organisation as well as Chief Operating Officer for Microsoft SA.
Zoaib has a MBA from the Open University in the UK and a BSC degree (Mathematics and Computer Science) from the University of Durban-Westville. He is an IODSA Certified Director and is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the South African Reserve Bank (Chair of the Board Risk and Ethics Committee). Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Pretoria’s GIBS Business School.
Get to know Zoaib better…
In my role at Sanari, I focus on building trusted relationships with the leaders and executives of the businesses I engage. Effective outcomes require collaboration, trust, and inclusion. I have had the opportunity to acquire the kind of insights, learnings (successes and failures) and networks that can support value creating growth. Whilst elusive at times, it is certainly attainable when the right mindset, strategies and capabilities prevail.
I joined Sanari Capital, a majority women run and led private equity firm in South Africa, because it feeds my passion to contribute to fostering a sustainable, diverse, and inclusive economy. This type of work requires curiosity, generosity, hard work and a healthy dose of humility (for those times when life is kind and unkind!). I am excited to be part of building a platform that enables the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders!