The Global Partnership for Ethiopia (GPE) has today, Monday, 5th July, appointed Anwar Soussa as the Managing Director of the Operating Company in Ethiopia, from 1st July 2021.
The consortium, which is made up of Safaricom, Vodafone, and Vodacom, won a Ksh91.8 billion bid to operate in Ethiopia last month.
Soussa will report to the board of the Ethiopian entity and Safaricom Plc CEO Peter Ndegwa.
Anwar is currently the Managing Director of Vodacom DRC and the chairperson of Vodacash (M-Pesa) a position he has held 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 in service revenue mark for the first time in 2020,” Ndegwa said in a statement on Monday.
Ndegwa said Anwar will lead the Ethiopian Operating Company on behalf of the Global Partnership for Ethiopia Consortium and will be responsible for the 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 formulate strategies and plans to ensure delivery of quality and affordable mobile and internet connectivity, enabling millions more Ethiopians to access quality telecom services,” he added.
Before 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, who is a Greek national, holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the American College of Greece (Deree) and a master’s in Marketing from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.