Mr. Anwar Soussa has been appointed as the Managing Director (MD) of the Operating Company in Ethiopia, reporting to the Board of the entity and to the CEO of Safaricom PLC, effective 1st July 2021.
Anwar has been the Managing Director of Vodacom DRC and the Chairperson of Vodacash (M-PESA) since 2017. He has cemented Vodacom DRC as the largest Vodacom operation outside of South Africa by driving major strides in operational performance, crossing the $500M USD in service revenue mark for the first time in 2020.
Anwar will lead the Ethiopian Operating Company on behalf of the Global Partnership for Ethiopia Consortium. He will be responsible for execution of the consortium’s goal to bring about transformational economic and social impact in Ethiopia and positively enhance the lives of its over 112 million people.
He will set up strategies and plans that lead to provision of quality and affordable mobile and internet connectivity t enable millions more Ethiopians access quality telecom services.
Prior to joining Vodacom, Anwar served as the Chief Executive Officer of Airtel in Uganda and Chad.
He has also worked in various senior leadership capacities at MTN and Digicel, among other telcos. Anwar is a Greek national who holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American College of Greece (Deree) and a master’s degree in Marketing from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.