Interview: Nitin Gajria talks about Google’s new development centre and Africa strategy

By Jaysim Hanspal
Posted on Monday, 13 June 2022 19:32, updated on Saturday, 18 June 2022 17:50

Nitin Gajria - provided by Google.

Google's managing director for sub-Saharan Africa Nitin Gajria sits in his home office in Johannesburg, surrounded by images of his heritage. A poster for the 1978 Hollywood film Don, released the year he was born, sits on the floor to his left. On a table to his right is Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles, a book that looks at the history of the modern sub-Saharan Africa – a summary of the events that have shaped the continent.

Growing up in Mumbai as a child, Gajria’s first encounters with technology led to a passion for the industry. His paternal grandparents lived in Japan, and they would visit with a bright red suitcase in tow, full of gifts – opening him to a world of exciting new technologies.