Mike Afergan is Senior Vice President of Products for Akamai’s Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) geography. Dr. Afergan is responsible for leading Akamai’s APJ product development and product management teams, driving the successful growth of Akamai's products in the APJ region, designing and developing products for local markets, and for overseeing product and technical engagement with customers and key partners.
Dr. Afergan joined Akamai in 1999 as one of Akamai’s first technical leaders and has since served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Web Experience Division, as Chief Technology Officer, and has held key roles within Akamai’s Engineering and Product organizations. In these leadership roles, he has been instrumental in developing Akamai’s innovative technology and product strategies—working on a variety of Akamai’s industry-leading products and directly with many of Akamai’s largest customers.
Prior to Akamai, Dr. Afergan was the second employee at Constant Contact, a pioneering software as a service (SaaS) provider, and ran a software consulting company for over ten years, working for a variety of companies ranging from Bose and Fidelity to start-ups. He authored several trade magazine articles and books including Java Quick Reference (Macmillan), which has been translated into six languages. He has also designed and led several technology training courses internationally.
Dr. Afergan also has a distinguished academic research career. At MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and at Harvard, he has conducted research in the areas of networking and distributed systems. This includes the impact of economic incentives on networked systems, reliable networking and content distribution protocols, and wireless protocols and architectures. He has authored a number of academic publications on these topics.
His work has won him several industry accolades, and he is an invited speaker in a variety of industry and academic forums.
Dr. Afergan graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College with an A.B. in Computer Science and a focus on Economics. He holds a S.M. from Harvard University and a PhD from MIT, both in Computer Science. He is also a graduate of the Greater Boston Executive Program from the Sloan School at MIT.