Imran Manji has been named the new Head of East Africa for Uber, a ride-hailing firm. He will be in charge of Uber’s regional business strategy and growth, encompassing Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Imran formerly served as co-CEO of TowerTech Africa, an East African tower manufacturer and supplier. He has also worked for the strategy consulting firm, Bain & Company.
“I’m honoured to take on this new role, as I have seen and experienced first-hand the transformative impact Uber has had in the region, from increased convenience of mobility and delivery to opening up earning opportunities for drivers and delivery people across the region,” Imran Manji said.
According to Imran, the region is merely on the verge of mobility and innovation, and this is only the beginning.
“Locally, we’ve seen the ride-hailing and e-commerce industries explode in recent years and a trend toward more affordable and sustainable options. Uber is responding by harnessing its technology to fulfil users’ ever-changing wants.
“This has been through mobility options like Pool Chance and UberPOA, ordering food and essentials from Uber Eats and sending packages via Uber Connect.
“We look forward to having Imran join the Uber Sub-Saharan Africa team. His experience and knowledge of the region will help continue the trajectory of growth of the platform across East Africa,” Frans Hiemstra, General Manager for Sub Saharan Africa, Uber, said.
Meanwhile, Uber has suspended its operation in Tanzania after six years.
The ride-hailing firm noted in a statement that it will not operate until an agreement is reached with the authorities.
It said, “Current regulations on the transportation sector have created an environment that is not friendly and has been a challenge in our business.”
Uber noted that the suspension is temporary, and they are ready to work with the authorities to reach an agreement that will impact that sector.