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Harry Porbeni is a Technology and Enterprise Development strategist with over twelve years of working experience across several industries to include finance, technology, digital media, brand communications, and prints. His specialities include supporting msmes, government agencies, nonprofits and personal brands to achieve their desired goals using proven business innovation strategies, branding, digital media, enterprise development and technology solutions. Until his resignation in 2015 to pursue his passion for exploring the full spectrum of technology innovations and entrepreneurship development. Harry was the acting General Manager of ICT and Administration at the defunct Trans Atlantic Mortgage Bank.
Shortly before he was appointed as Special Assistant on ICT and Social Media to the Chairman, Ogbia Local Government Council Bayelsa State. Harry was the Head of ICT and Administration at Colindale Microfinance Agency, a non-bank organization he helped set up owning to acquired experiences from his years in banking.
Harry volunteers for Non-profits in various capacities; most recently, as Facilitator, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Collegiate Entrepreneur Academy 2020, Brand Communications Lead and Entrepreneurship Trainer, Oracles Inspire Foundation, and Volunteer, Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network Bayelsa State chapter. In 2020/21, he served as the Senior Programmes Specialist on Youth Development at the African Youth Union Commission Nigeria (AYUCN). Where his responsibilities included developing programmes that are tailored to empower young Nigerians to be self-reliant, employable and employers of labour, contributing to the economic growth of Nigeria. Other leadership and voluntary roles he still holds include:
- Director, Marketing Communications, Bayelsa Food and Art Festival
- Programmes Manager, Creative Arts for Peace Initiative (CAPI)
- Trustee member, Bayelsa Tech Community
- Trustee member, Bayelsa Design Community
- Member, Bayelsa Business Linkages Forum
- Member, Innovation Support Network Hubs (ISNHubs)
Harry Porbeni is the Founder/Lead Strategist of Planetharry Solutions, an innovation-driven enterprise (IDE) he founded to pursue his passions in technology and entrepreneurship development. They provide technology and enterprise solutions to businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and personal brands interested in growing their visibility, automating their processes, besting the competition, and increasing profits. He is also the Founder/Creative Director of UnbridledNG, a digital magazine he initiated on social media platform in 2017/18 to give voice and visibility to the vast potential abound in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He is the pioneer Administrator of the Bayelsa Tech Hub.
Harry is a Computer Scientist with a strong background in branding and product designs, business innovations, digital media strategies, capacity building and entrepreneurship development, and technology solutions. He is certified in Google Fundamentals in Online Marketing, Journalism and Social Media from the Africa Institute of Media Studies, Ghana, Information Security Management from the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). Others include YALI training on Strategies for Personal Growth and Development, Management Strategies for People and Resources, Fundamentals of Starting and Running a Business, Community Organizing for Action, Workforce Collaboration and Development, and Design Driven Entrepreneurship.
Harry is a co-founder of Startup Bayelsa and doubles as the director of enterprise development. He has collaborated and carried out several training programs. He is an advocate for Youth Development, especially in the areas of Digital technology and Entrepreneurship Development.