(Ecofin Agency) - Alex Okosi has two decades of experience in the media and tech industry. In April 2020, he was appointed managing director of YouTube for emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa region (EMEA).
Google has chosen Nigerian Alex Okosi to spearhead its activities across Africa. As Google Africa’s new boss, he will oversee the firm’s programs aimed at enhancing internet accessibility, and promoting business and economic growth on the continent, by offering essential digital tools.
"I am elated to lead Google's team in Africa and seize the opportunity to be more intricately involved with this diverse and vibrant region that I hold dear. I staunchly believe in technology's potential, especially the internet, to better lives and propel both individuals and businesses in Africa towards success," Okosi commented.
Alex has 20 years of experience in the media and technology sectors. Before his recent appointment, he held the position of Managing Director of YouTube for emerging markets spanning Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). As such, he steered strategies to ensure YouTube's lucrative expansion in the region while also bolstering content creators in areas such as music, arts, gaming, and media. Furthermore, he was pivotal in establishing the $100 million Black Voices Fund within the EMEA region.
Commenting on the appointment, Meir Brand, Google's Vice President of emerging markets in the EMEA region, said: "Alex is an established leader with a vast reservoir of experience in media and technology sectors. He possesses an intricate understanding of African nations and exudes a passion for leveraging technology to empower people and businesses."
Furthermore, Okosi's involvement is anticipated to expedite Google's commitment, pledged in October 2021, to invest $1 billion over the next five years in Africa. The funding aims to support Africa’s digital transformation, by enhancing access to internet and digital products, buttressing startups, empowering businesses, and aiding non-profit organizations.
Isaac K. Kassouwi