Associate Vice President: Sub Saharan Africa IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey
Mark Walker leads Sub Saharan operations at IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey. This includes responsibility for IDC’s consulting, research and conference business across the region. His consulting focus is on technology strategy and policy formulation, user adoption trends and competitive market planning.
He has over 25 years’ experience as a consultant and industry analyst in the systems, data communications and IT services sectors and was instrumental in formulation of quantitative and qualitative research of African markets for IDC since 2001. He has directed large techno-economic studies for major international technology vendors across emerging markets and has consulted to governmental policy making bodies.
Mr Walker has deep knowledge of the African technology industry having held senior roles in engineering, sales and marketing within the software, defence, medical informatics, nuclear imaging and technology equipment sectors.
Mr Walker has been widely quoted in print and electronic media globally and has worked extensively across the Middle East region while based in Dubai, UAE. He currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa.
His academic background includes a BA (University of South Africa), MAP (Wits), an IMM (Marketing) and telecommunications engineering qualifications from the Air Force School of Logistics and Technology.