The Global Partnership for Ethiopia (GPE) has today appointed Mr. Anwar Soussa as the Managing Director (MD) of the Operating Company in Ethiopia, effective 1st July 2021. He will report to the Board of the Ethiopia entity and Safaricom PLC CEO according to a press release from the consortium.
Anwar Soussa is currently the Managing Director of Vodacom DRC and the Chairperson of Vodacash (M-PESA) a position he has held since 2017. Before that, he was CEO of Airtel Rwanda and Chada while also worked in MTN.
Global Partnership for Ethiopia includes Safaricom PLC, Vodacom Group Ltd (South Africa) through its subsidiary Vodacom International Holding, Vodafone Group PLC through its subsidiary Vodafone International Operation Limited, CDC Group PLC, and Sumitomo Corporation.
The group now paid $850M for license and committed to an $8.5 B investment.
Anwar is credited for making the Vodacom DRC the largest Vodacom operation outside of South Africa and leading an entity the generated a $500M USD in service revenue mark for the first time in 2020.