WSO2 Establishes Middle East and Africa Presence With Office Opening in Dubai

Dubai office will be led by 20-plus year industry veteran, Uday Shankar Kizhepat, who has joined WSO2 as VP and GM of the MEA region

Responding to increased demand from enterprises and governments across the region for its open-source, cloud-native solutions, WSO2, the leader in digital transformation technology, today announced the expansion of its Middle East and Africa (MEA) presence with its newly opened office in Dubai, UAE. The company has also appointed Uday Shankar Kizhepat, as the vice president and general manager (VP and GM) for the region to spearhead the organization’s expansion.

“As more businesses and governments in the Middle East and Africa engage with consumers and citizens online, we have seen a tremendous increase in demand for our open-source technology to support their digital transformation and deliver modern, secure digital services,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder and CEO. “The addition of Uday and opening of the Dubai office extend our commitment to supporting the digital initiatives of these enterprises across the MEA region.”

Since 2020, WSO2 has seen a 70% increase in its customer base across the MEA region. These enterprises join the thousands of organizations, including hundreds of the world’s largest corporations, top universities, and governments, that rely on WSO2’s open source, cloud native solutions to drive their digital transformation—executing more than 18 trillion transactions annually. Using WSO2 for API management, integration, and customer identity and access management (CIAM), these organizations are harnessing the full power of their APIs to securely deliver their digital services and applications.

Uday Shankar Kizhepat, vice president and general manager for the MEA region, WSO2

As the VP and GM of the MEA Region at WSO2, Uday is responsible for overall ownership of regional growth, including go-to-market strategies, investments, and staffing. He brings over 20 years of industry experience in enterprise software sales and has a proven record of exceeding targets, delivering strategic initiatives, and executing sales programs to drive market share and growth. As a certified Cloud Practitioner and Digital Change Champion, Uday also has extensive knowledge about leading enterprise-level solutions in the market and their positioning in various verticals.

“With his deep understanding of these enterprises’ needs and strong track record of growing businesses, Uday will be instrumental in expanding our operations to help customers across the region successfully navigate their digital transformation efforts,” Dr. Weerawarana stated.

“Having worked at some of the premier system integrators serving the Middle East, I was impressed with how WSO2’s industry-leading, open-source software has enabled some of the most advanced digital transformation initiatives across both private and public sector organizations,” said Uday Shankar Kizhepat, vice president and general manager for the MEA region. “I am excited to join the WSO2 team and lead the region in providing enterprises across the Middle East and Africa the technology and professional services to accelerate their innovation.”

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