HPE launches new Emirates & Africa regional hub in Dubai

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Ahmad Alkhallafi to lead the Emirates & Africa organisation as Managing Director 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced the launch of its new Emirates & Africa organisation, bringing together the United Arab Emirates (UAE) business with the Africa businesses, effective 1st November. The new organisation will be led by Ahmad Alkhallafi, who will oversee HPE’s Operations within United Arab Emirates and the African Continent.

Ahmad joined HPE in 2020 as the Managing Director for HPE in UAE, where he was responsible for driving business growth and maintaining high levels of customer and partner satisfaction. Ahmad is a board member of the Dubai International Chamber and has a wealth of industry experience, with over 16 years’ experience working in the UAE’s technology sector. Prior to his role at HPE, he served as a board member in Electronic Document Center of the Emirates Post Group and helped launch the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), where he led Enterprise Government sales and oversaw the design of new products, services and solutions for private cloud computing.

“Over the past two years Ahmad has successfully led our UAE business, transforming our team, increasing our customer relevance and significantly growing HPE’s Edge to Cloud business. He is highly respected both internally and externally, and well placed to bring his leadership, strategic thinking, and operational control to transform our Africa businesses,” said Marc Waters, managing director for UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa, HPE. “Our new Emirates & Africa group gives us greater scale and brings together talent, expertise and investment to focus on the significant technology opportunities across the region. I am excited for what Ahmad can achieve in this expanded role.”

“I am delighted at the opportunity to lead and shape this new organisation, creating a hub of best-in-class expertise that will support our partners and customers alike to unlock their full potential as they move forward in their edge-to-cloud journey,” said Ahmad Alkhallafi, managing director for Emirates & Africa, HPE. “With the newly formed Emirates & Africa organisation we bring together different teams, share learnings, and leverage the full breadth of HPE, built on the core foundations of collaboration, respect and trust in each other. This gives us a tremendous opportunity to transform our customer and partner experience and deliver exceptional outcomes.”

In his new role, Ahmad will be responsible for teams located in the UAE and Africa, overseeing key initiatives to drive HPE’s engagement in the region. He will align company-wide priorities with local business strategies, continuing to work closely with government and private sector organisations to accelerate digital transformation and tech innovation across the region. 

The regional headquarter is located in Dubai Internet City, a member of TECOM Group PJSC and the region’s largest tech hub. Commenting on behalf of Dubai Internet City, Ammar Al Malik, Executive Vice President – Commercial, TECOM Group, said, “Dubai is truly a global technology centre. Our exceptional regulatory framework and strategic location allow businesses to service markets across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. Dubai Internet City is proud to provide tech giants like Hewlett Packard Enterprise state-of-the-art infrastructure and specialised commercial spaces that will help expand their global footprint. The firm’s addition to our community will strengthen Dubai’s contribution to the global digital transformation and innovation agenda and cement our district as the region’s largest tech hub.” 

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service.  With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance.