Technology Sector Lead, Edelman South Africa
Director, Edelman Kenya
Portia is the Technology Sector Lead at Edelman South Africa and a Director of the Edelman Kenya office.
In her role as Director of the Kenya office, Portia is responsible for building the Kenya Edelman business and ensuring client-service best practice.
Simultaneously, Portia is responsible for the Technology Sector offering at Edelman South Africa providing oversight and strategic guidance across all technology sector clients in South Africa and Kenya, which include Telkom, ABB, Lenovo, SYSPRO, Intelsat and HP.
Portia’s career to date spans 18 years and previously includes 8 years in the UK. Throughout this time, Portia has worked with many, highly complex, multi-national organisations and constantly worked to bring global communications strategy to life.
Prior to joining Edelman Portia ran her own communications consultancy, advising on brand positioning and strategic marketing campaigns, where her clients included JSE listed technology company EOH, and several software engineering companies.
Portia previously worked with GirlCode, a BBEEE Level 1 NPO designed to empower women in technology. The NPO works closely with technology industry leaders in South Africa to design and run skills development programmes to help support the tech talent pipeline of the future.
At Edelman, Portia is a member of Edelman’s global steering committee for its Global Women’s Equality Network, and a member of Edelman’s Global Council for Diversity & Inclusion.
She has an BA (dual Hons) degree from the University of Keele (UK), and an MBA from The Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria), South Africa. Her passion in addressing gender representation across all industry sectors was behind the topic of her MBA thesis assessing the Career Advancement of Women in South Africa.