Hoop Somuah

Originally from Ghana, Hoop studied Electrical Engineering at Stanford, thereafter joining Microsoft where he has been for 13 years. Today, he serves as a Technical Advisor to Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO. In his time at Microsoft, Hoop has primarily worked on development frameworks and distributed systems architectures, starting with frameworks like .Net Remoting, Xbox Live and the Zune Marketplace. Hoop spent five years designing and implementing the cloud service backend for the Halo Xbox franchise where he drove "cloud native" engineering and the use of a virtual actor programming model developed by Microsoft Research. Hoop is continuously interested in development of technology on the African continent, supporting Ashesi University. He also runs a Seattle technology youth club.