Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Digital Satellite, Enel
Pam Mkhize is currently Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Digital Satellite at the multinational energy utility, Enel Green Power (EGP). Previously, she led the growth, operations, and strategy of the organization’s ICT department in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia for the renewable energy organization, since 2016. Having been Enel Green Power’s first local employee in Africa in 2014, she has implemented the ICT infrastructure and led the ICT strategy for two of the multinational’s South African companies, EGP South Africa and Enel Energy South Africa. She is currently responsible for the organization’s Digital Solutions department within Africa, with South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Morocco being amongst the countries under her leadership. Over and above the mentioned countries, she has also led the ICT processes in renewable energy plant development projects in India and Australia. She has been named one of the 50 leading women in technology and innovation in South Africa by the Netherlands initiative, Inspiring Fifty; while in June 2018, she was recognized by Women in Tech ZA.
Pam started her engineering career at Hulamin in 2005. In 2007, she was seconded to a technology company in Germany, and was part of the company’s ZAR 960 million expansion project in 2009. In 2012, she joined Rio Tinto and was later awarded the “Best Innovation Award” for one of her improvements in the organization’s high voltage (33kV) monitoring system. She is currently undertaking research on CyberSecurity related topics in the Energy industry.
She has been involved with the Science Centre in Pietermaritzburg, and continues to be involved with non-profit organizations in Johannesburg, where her focus is on improving the participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. She is a mentor to high school pupils, university students, and to women employed in various organizations. She continues lead in the ICT sector while being passionate about people development, and considers herself to be one of the people who have an obligation to change the mind-sets of young global professionals within the scope of ICT and beyond.