Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC

Mark Walker currently leads the Sub-Saharan Africa operations, along with Vertical Market and Insights research and consulting practice at IDC MEA. He has over 25 years of experience in the information technology and telecommunications industry.

In his position at IDC, Walker is responsible for leading consulting, research, and analyses of technology markets across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, along with analysis of the larger politico-socio-economic environment in which these markets exist. As a large proportion of research conducted by IDC MEA is of a primary nature, he is able to acquire first-hand experience of the various technology markets in the region. His current focus includes the government, financial, and energy sectors.

Upon completion of telecommunications engineering training in the Air Force, he held technical and managerial roles in the hospital informatics and nuclear imaging industry before recommencing his studies and completing tertiary qualifications in communications, marketing management, and business administration. He then focused his efforts on the sales and marketing management aspects of the technology industry in South Africa, before embarking on a career in technology sector research and consulting in 1996.