PHYLLIS GATHIGIA MIGWI
COUNTRY GENERAL MANAGER, MICROSOFT KENYA
The technology industry is often brimming with new innovations aimed at making life easier and more efficient. In this ever-evolving landscape, it takes a purpose-driven approach to ensure a collision happens between innovation and truly transformative products and services for various audiences.
Phyllis Migwi, the Country General Manager at Microsoft Kenya, is one such leader that embodies this approach – all through the lens of purpose and passion. Phyllis also serves as the Vice Chair of Kenya’s Strategic Sectoral Reform Working Group on Information Communication and Digital Economy (ICDE), a role which enables her to make an active contribution to the development of Kenya’s digital economy.
With close to two decades of dedicated service in the tech industry, Phyllis’ story is a testament to the power of resilience, innovation, and an unwavering dedication to making a difference. In all the roles she has held, Phyllis has always kept the transformation of Africa at the fore through a focus on people, business and ecosystem growth.
Phyllis is not just a leader, she is an active mentor and coach. Her belief in the potential of Africa’s youth drives her to develop and retain high-performing teams. She recognises that engaging the continent’s largest demographic is pivotal to building the Africa we desire.
Phyllis’ unique professional journey spans different geographies: Prior to Microsoft, she worked with global giants like IBM, Coca-Cola East Africa Division, Tata Consultancy Services, alongside various Kenyan organisations. Her contributions to the world of tech innovation and solutions are undeniable.
As a thought leader, Phyllis actively champions transformation and participates in national decision-making. Her impact extends to intersecting global and national transformation agendas. Phyllis was involved in the development of Kenya’s current constitution, particularly championing the youth agenda from 1998-2003. From digital agility to shaping trends in artificial intelligence (AI) and engagements with United Nations (UN) Women in 2018, she is a driving force in future-fit solutions for education and youth empowerment. She spearheads cutting-edge initiatives that foster technological innovation for a sustainable future.
Phyllis’ star shone through the backdrop of a seemingly normal upbringing in a middle class family in Nairobi. Her education journey is a mix of the local Kenyan public schooling system and various international tertiary institutions. From a young age, her grit, foresight and fearlessness caused her to effortlessly stand out.
Confident and comfortable in her own skin, spending time with this individual reveals an embodiment of the statement, “Anything can and should be done with a signature sense of style.” A leader who listens, Phyllis’ calm demeanour and warm, unassuming nature create an atmosphere where learning is constant.
Phyllis is a value-driven professional who believes in rolling up her sleeves to get the work done. Throughout her career, she has built dynamic and resilient teams, transcending cultural boundaries. She fosters excellence and performance, recognising that curiosity, emotional intelligence, and resilience are the tools that lead to tangible outcomes.
In her present role, Phyllis continually explores ways to create opportunities for others to embark on their growth journeys. Her message to the youth is a clarion call, “Step forward, bring your own seat to the table, and don’t wait for someone to leave their seat.”
Phyllis Gathigia Migwi’s life story is a treasure trove of authentic experiences that have shaped her into a transformation catalyst and corporate powerhouse. As she leads the charge in the tech industry, she remains committed to shifting narratives and amplifying opportunities for youth, especially in underserved areas. Phyllis leverages digital technology solutions to drive sustainable change and invites others to embark on their own journeys of growth and discovery.