Based in Johannesburg, Malik Fal is the managing director of Omidyar Network Africa With more than 15 years of experience in social entrepreneurship, business and development, primarily in the African context, he brings a wealth of expertise to his role leading Omidyar Network’s investment strategy and operations in Africa.
Fal joined Omidyar Network in early 2012, prior to which he served as managing director of Endeavor South Africa. From 2006 to 2009, he was the business director of Microsoft Africa, a role in which he led business planning, strategy and marketing throughout the continent. Before Microsoft, Fal oversaw the Africa practice of the consultancy firm OTF Group (formerly part of The Monitor Group). He also spent six years at Pepsi-Cola International, managing operations across southern Africa and several years as a consultant for The Monitor Group. He led multiple successful consulting engagements, including initiatives with the World Bank, USAID, the Bermuda tourism industry and the presidency of Rwanda. His diverse career has given him a deep understanding of business strategy in emerging markets and the distinct roles of government, private sector institutions and individuals in the pursuit of sustainable development.
Fal received an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and taught executive courses in Africa for Harvard Business School as part of Professor Debora Spar’s “Making Markets Work” initiative. He co-authored the book, “In the River They Swim – Essays from Around the World on Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty” (Templeton Press, 2009).