Business guru Charles Handy coined the term Portfolio Life in his book The Age of Unreason in 1989. He defined the concept as simply "a portfolio of activities - some we do for money, some for interest, some for pleasure, some for a cause... the different bits fit together to form a balanced whole greater than the parts".

The concept

FIVE elements of My Portfolio Life

Dr Ngao Motsei is Founder and Chief PortfolioLife Officer at MyPortfolioLife. Before  MyPortfolioLife, she was Partner at Heidrick and Struggles’ Johannesburg office and a member of the global Leadership Consulting Practice where she focused mainly on leadership consulting and advisory work, servicing all industry sectors.


Ngao also served in various executive and senior management positions in South Africa. She has designed and implemented long-term organisational development, change and leadership interventions for the public and private sector, both locally and internationally.


She focussed on her portfolio life after she left Corporate as an Executive in 2015.


Ngao holds a PhD (Organisational Behaviour) from the University of Pretoria; a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a B Soc. Sc. (Hons) degree in Social Planning and Administration from the University of Cape Town. She also holds organisational development and executive development certificates from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and INSEAD, and an ACC (Coaching for Development Training Programme) from the Centre for Coaching, UCT Graduate School of Business.

The founder


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