Gerald Maithya is Startups and SMEs Lead at Microsoft Africa Transformation Office. As the Startups and SMEs Lead for Microsoft’s Africa Transformation Office, Maithya leads a team focused on empowering these organizations through digital technologies.
Based in Kenya, he has held various commercial roles in multiple industry sectors in the last 20 years, most recently as the Investment Director for ARCH Cold Chain Solutions East Africa Fund, one of the ARCH Emerging Markets funds. Together with the Managing Director, he was responsible for the management of the US$100 million East Africa Cold Chain Solutions fund.
Prior to this Maithya held various positions at Barclays Bank, where he gained experience in strategy, commercial development, consumer, and corporate banking. His most recent role with the bank was as Head of Global Clients and Financial Institutions team for Barclays Bank in Kenya, which later rebranded to ABSA Bank Kenya. Earlier in his career, Maithya worked at Cadbury Schweppes between 2001 and 2007 where he held positions in Sales and Marketing with responsibility covering emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.