Portia Derby

Portia Derby
Transnet Group Chief Executive

Ms. Portia Derby is the current Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Ltd, appointed February 2020. She has occupied senior positions in the South African government during a period of major economic reform. Portia is a former Director-General of Public Enterprises (2005 – 2009) responsible for Corporate Strategy and Structure of the Investment Portfolio (2004 – 2005) and former Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (2002).

During her tenure as Director-General of Public Enterprises, Portia provided strategic direction to state-owned enterprises.

Portia’s career in government started at the National Institute for Economic Policy (NIEP), as a financial researcher where she played an integral role in working on the quantification of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Portia was also part of the founding team of the National Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (1997 – 2001), and later became its Chief Operating Officer. She has previously served as a non-executive director of Metair Investments and Safcol.

She has also worked in the private sector as an Executive Director: Clients Africa at Aurecon, an international engineering and infrastructure advisory company. In that role she was a key driver of the client strategy on the continent, serving on the company’s South African Management Committee and South African board.

Portia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (majoring in Economics and Geology), an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Natal, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.