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Mark East


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Mark East's mission to help empower every student in Europe, Middle East and Africa to achieve more. Mark leads a team of approx. 300 people dedicated to helping Institutions transform education through the efficient & effective use of information technology. Mark is based in Dubai and has accountability for K12, Higher and Further Education, Museums and Libraries reporting into Anthony Salcito, global VP of Education for Microsoft in Seattle.

Mark joined Microsoft UK in 1988 to establish Microsoft UK’s Education division. In 1990, he was awarded the Microsoft UK President’s Award in recognition of his work serving Education institutions throughout the UK.

Since joining Microsoft, Mark has managed teams in Enterprise, Small Business, Home & Retail and Channel infrastructure and latterly specialising in Public-Sector. Mark was appointed to the Microsoft UK board or directors in 2000.

Mark lived in Seattle, Washington for 2 years whilst leading the worldwide Education division before returning to the UK to provide Education leadership to Europe, Middle East and Africa. In September 2005, Mark was awarded the Microsoft achievement award for sustained high level contributions to Microsoft leadership in the education community.

In 2007, Mark was appointed chairman of Digital Pipeline, a UK registered charity, whose aim is to empower communities through access to technology Mark is involved in many philanthropic projects. In 2008 he built a secondary school in the Mauta village on Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya and is now sponsoring Students who graduate from the school to attend University, one of which recently graduated as a teacher.

Before joining Microsoft, Mark spent 8 years with a Microsoft partner – Micro Facilities – having worked for them part time whilst he was at college student initially training to be a Micro Computer engineer and ending up leading their sales & marketing team focussed in Public-Sector.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with family and researching materials for the historical novels he hopes to write when he retires. He is an ardent supporter of the UK football club Queens Park Rangers (QPR), having worked for the club in his youth. He is “still” learning to play golf.