Jill is a communications professional with a broad background in international affairs, public relations and communication development within third world economies. She has worked in over 25 countries, lived in 11 and travelled to over 65, with a special focus on Africa. Currently she serves as Managing Director Africa for Weber Shandwick, overseeing a portfolio of partner agencies and affiliates covering 23 nations across the continent.
Jill manages the firm’s client engagements and has led campaigns and outreach efforts for numerous multinationals and not-for-profit institutions. During her career she has worked with major pan-African and international brands including: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, African Union, Save Darfur Coalition, UN Foundation, USADF, Ericsson, Samsung, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Save the Children, Honeywell, Government of Nigeria, Cargill, GSK, WISE/Qatar Foundation and UNICEF.
Jill supports public and private sector developmental strategies for organisations looking to establish a footprint or expand their presence on the continent and acts as an advisor to numerous companies and individuals.
Prior to Weber Shandwick, Jill established the continent’s first truly pan-African public relations agency, ZK Public Relations in Tanzania and expanded it to 15 markets.