Frank McCosker
Director, Global Good Net Works

Speaker Profile

Frank McCosker is the Director of Global Good Net Works where he specializes in developing Strategic Partnerships for clients globally. He is an advocate and senior advisor for the TV White Space industry globally. Frank also is an expert in developing innovative ways to make access to finance more affordable for the ICT ecosystem in African countries.

Frank spent 20 years at Microsoft in various roles, his final role was as General Manager of Affordable Access and Smart Financing in Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiatives. He was responsible for designing and implementing affordable access projects in many countries on the African continent utilizing new technologies including TV White Spaces and dynamic spectrum allocation. He was looking into new and smart ways to make access to finance more affordable for the ICT ecosystem in Africa.

From 2004 until 2013 he held the role of Global Managing Director, Global Strategic Accounts, Multilateral Organisations for Microsoft with responsibility for Microsoft’s engagement with multilateral organisations United Nations, NATO, European Institutions, World Bank including all the International Financial Institutions, Intergovernmental Organisations and the bilateral providers of Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Frank McCosker joined Microsoft’s East European Headquarters in 1997 and during his 7 years with in CEE Region he successfully guided Microsoft in carrying out key public sector-related development projects. In 1999 he was promoted to General Manager of Microsoft Bulgaria and spent one year setting up the subsidiary in Sofia, where he assisted the Bulgarian government in initiating strategic public sector reform projects. 

As recognition of his achievements, Frank McCosker was named Director and later General Manager of Microsoft’s East European Headquarters in Munich, Germany, in 2000. For the next four years he was responsible for the overall East European Sales, Marketing and Services business and managed the Headquarters team.

Throughout his career, Frank McCosker has combined a distinguished career of business, philanthropic and humanitarian leadership with a personal life of public service.  Both his career and his voluntary activities have reflected a commitment to improving the lives of others with a special interest in young people at risk and giving something back to the international community.  He served as a Trustee and was in charge of organizing and running the annual holidays of the St. John’s Handicapped Children Trust between 1990 and 1996. 

McCosker, born in 1968 in Mexico, grew up in Italy and in the United Kingdom. He graduated in Business Studies (BA Hons) from the Polytechnic of North London in 1991 and prior to joining Microsoft worked in variety of roles in ICL including General Manager of ICL Ukraine, where he spent two years. McCosker, his wife and their four children live in London, United Kingdom. Outside work, his interests include reading, travel, wine and most importantly his family.

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