Otilia is an in-house legal professional with over fifteen years experience across the Middle East and African markets who enjoys working at the intersection of law and technology. Currently, a Principal Corporate Counsel at Microsoft leading legal support for the business in Africa (excl. South Africa & Egypt), Levant and Pakistan. Her role includes engagement with both private and public sector organizations as they navigate the evolving technology regulatory landscape.
On the one hand, Otilia’s work currently spans supporting Microsoft customers in highly regulated industries like Financial Services and Healthcare with regulatory compliance. On the other hand, and in collaboration with her Government Affairs colleagues she contributes to the development of policy and regulations that enable digital transformation while ensuring the protection of consumers privacy and other fundamental rights.
Prior to joining Microsoft, she worked in various roles in both the technology and infrastructure development space for companies such as Samsung, Nokia and Nakheel.
Otilia holds an LLB from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Heriot Watt University, Dubai Campus and is admitted as a Legal Practitioner in the High Court of Zimbabwe.
Otilia is driven by a passion for people and community engagement. She is an active participant in various industry associations including Lawyers in Technology, AMCHAM in Kenya and has contributed to work streams in pan-African organizations such as Smart Africa.