The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment in partnership with Microsoft South Africa presents a talk on OpenAI/Chat GPT presented by Microsoft SA’s National Technology Officer, Mr Asif Valley.
Date: 20 April 2023
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Meeting Link:

About the presenter: Mr Asif Valley joined Microsoft South Africa in October 2016 and is currently the National Technology Officer. Prior to his current role he was the Cloud Development Lead for Microsoft.

Before joining Microsoft he was at Oracle (since July 2014) as the Director for Sales in Southern and Central Africa and prior to Oracle was at IBM South Africa (since October 2000) where he joined as the NetGen Country Manager. At IBM he spent a year in the NetGen role before moving to heading up the sales for IBM’s Central Africa Business – this included 18 countries encompassing Kenya in the East and Nigeria in the West. He also fulfilled other roles including but not limited to General Business and Channel Sales Leader where I was responsible for South and Central Africa in the Software Group division and  the CEEMEA SWG Channel Sales Leader where he was located in Dubai. Upon returning to South Africa he headed up the IBM Global Business Partner Organisation for South Africa and 3 years later.

In his own words” My focus today is to help our clients and business partners ready themselves to capture the opportunities around Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Technology through enablement efforts which can empower every person and every organisation to achieve more.”

Personal Accomplishments
100% IBM Club Achiever between 2004 and 2009 (4 consecutive years)
IBM Certified Professional
INSEAD – Certified Territory Coverage Professional
London Business School – IBM Premier Program



April 20, 2023

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