Set with a profound commitment to Egypt, Mirna Arif brings in
20 years of experience with multinational organizations and public sector entities across
Europe, the Middle East and Africa into the position of Microsoft Egypt Country General
Manager. Equipped with a strong belief in empathy-based management and in youth
training, the first woman to assume this prestigious role is leading the nation’s
technological movement towards digital transformation.
To assert Microsoft Egypt’s competitive edge in the country’s tech industry, Arif is
expanding the company’s digital footprint across public and private organizations to
accelerate their conversion towards a digital economy. Arif’s passion closely ties with
Microsoft international drive to instill a “Growth Mindset” culture based on the core values
of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It also links with Microsoft Egypt’s mission to
empower every person and organization, of today and tomorrow, to optimize operations,
increase customer engagement, transform business models and most importantly evolve
the workforce towards a business growth paradigm founded on a culture of lifelong
Prior to being appointed as Microsoft Egypt GM in 2020, Arif held the position of Surface
Business Group Director in Microsoft Middle East and Africa, heading the strategy for the
latest device series in the region. From 2017 to 2019, prior to Joining Microsoft, Arif held
the title of Regional Director for Digital Transformation at GE Oil & Gas where she directed
the digital transformation strategy in North Africa and Turkey. Prior to that, she was the
regional Manager for Rosemount Group Middle East at Emerson Automation Solutions.
In 2015, Arif was appointed Assistant Minister for Investment and International
Cooperation at the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, advising on
the development and implementation of the petroleum sector strategy. Preceding that, Arif
spent the first 12 years of her career in Schlumberger, where she assumed various
leadership roles, including Regional Sales Manager for UK & Ireland, Regional Sales
Manager for the East African and East Mediterranean region, Egypt Manager for
Schlumberger Information Solutions, and Global Marketing Manager, spearheading
worldwide marketing strategies for the software and the marine acquisition segments.
Outside of Microsoft, Mirna sits on the Board of Directors of Banque Misr, the Board of
Directors of Misr Capital, the Board of Directors of Egypt Chamber of Information
Technology, the Board of Trustees of Qualifications Development Bank (QDB), and the
Supreme Advisory Board of Al Nas Hospital.
Arif holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the American University in
Cairo Egypt, following her completion of a Bachelor of Science (BSC) degree in 2002 from
the same university.