• Queensburgh, KZN, South Africa
  • 8th April 2019

Profile summary:

34 year old, South African Indian female living in Queensburgh, Durban. She is a qualified Electrical Engineer (UKZN), with an MBA (UoR) and a Project, Program and Portfolio Management qualification (UP). Having spent 9 years within a global world-class petrochemical facility, she has spent 6 years’ in various production environments and 3 years in Business Development. Currently the director of her own business facilitating diversity and inclusivity discussions and programs in organisational spaces. She is also a strategic business partner to an NPO working with lower quintile schools. The organization which pairs well with her skill set, will have a true asset at hand.

Having worked as a plant support engineer and later as an engineering team lead, she has a strong technical understanding of plant maintenance, asset management, root cause analysis and optimization to ensure that production targets are achieved whilst ensuring the health and safety of her team. She has initiated, managed and commissioned numerous optimization and maintenance projects as an engineer. As a business analyst she has worked on evaluating investments, justifying business cases and carried out project governance across multidisciplinary projects from initiation to commissioning. She performed post-audits on projects with extreme complexities and been deeply involved with financial governance across various business portfolios and budgets. With such a holistic understanding of both the technical, strategic and financial aspects of business; she is geared to assist an organization to thrive.

She is immediately available and looking forward to working with a team who value meaningful contribution, innovative thinking and who embrace human-centric behavior in order to achieve the best results as a whole.

Summary of Experience:

She obtained a bursary from a major petrochemical company to study her degree, based on a strong school academic history. After completion of her studies, she moved away from KZN to live and work in Secunda, MP. After a brief training period, she was appointed as a plant support engineer within the Gas Circuit environment. Being the only female in her team, she worked across various disciplines and diversities of largely male-orientated teams. Taking an interest in project governance and management, she took charge of the electrical portfolio and trained her team on how to provide better justification, planning and documentation for project approvals. Having managed a team of engineers and technicians whilst in a fast-paced production-driven environment had provided amazing technical exposure, but she was curious to understand other aspects of the business. She spent three years as a business analyst in the Business Development team. Here she worked closely with project teams, senior management and other stakeholders to ensure that business cases and investment decisions were correctly screened and justified before funding approval. This work often involved a lot of negotiation, planning, governance and technical and strategic understanding in order to facilitate the process efficiently. Whilst completing her MBA, she took a keen interest in organisational studies and has since started a passion project which advocates for women in STEM. She is also currently a director at Humanised Innovation which facilitates discussions and workshops on how to create diverse and inclusive innovation spaces. She is also part of a leadership development program carried out to bring strategic direction to the education sector.


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Racial Classification
Job Title
Electrical Engineer, Business Analyst, MBA
BSc Electrical Engineering, Project, Program & Portfolio Management, MBA,
Years of Experience
Industry Experience
Petrochem, Education, NPO
Salary bracket
R102 000p.a.
Consultant Name
Jennifer Sutherland
Consultant Email
Consultant Phone Number
072 386 6865

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