Nazeer Suliman

Consumer and online Geographic lead: Africa , microsoft

Nazeer Suliman (33) is head of Microsoft's consumer and online division for Africa. He joined Microsoft in June after three years as MD of universal McCann (UM), a global American-owned media planning and buying agency. The youngest and only black managing director of a foreign-owned media agency then, Suliman's accomplishments at UM include launching its digital division UM Connect in 2009, in recognition of the growing influence of digital media. In 2008, Suliman became the only South African to be included in that year's "21 Agency Innovators´┐Ż short list compiled by the British-based Internationalist catalogue. The list aimed to highlight how innovative thinking is not limited to age or geographical location. He served on the board of the Fifth World Summit on Media for Children, a global movement aimed at improving the quality of media product for children and young people. At Microsoft, his tasks include establishing and growing the firm's consumer software, mobile, online services and advertising business in both South Africa and West, East and Central Africa). Suliman started his career as a media strategist at advertising giant Ogilvy handling brands such as Audi, unilever, Avis and Appletiser. He's also worked for the BBC's Innovation and Learning department in London and for media agencies Notabene and MindShare where he worked on brands such as Nike, Nestle and First National Bank. In 2004, he was appointed head of media management at Cell C, South Africa's third cellular network provider. Suliman has represented South Africa at a number of international conferences. These include the 2nd World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria, in 1993 and the Organisation for African unity's Conference on Assistance to African Children, in Dakar, Senegal, in 1992.

Lunch spot: Pigalle, Sandton for a spoil and Doppio Zero, Rosebank, Johannesburg for a quickie