Edward is a successful entrepreneur, skilled negotiator, and Internet aficionado. He is well recognised for his commitment to the development of the African Internet.
Often called on for business and leadership advice, Edward is a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), chairs the board of an Internet NGO, and serves on two boards of large pan-African technology companies. Since founding Workonline Communications in 2006, Edward has successfully led the company to becoming the leader in the provision of wholesale connectivity and IP transit services in sub-Saharan Africa.
Edward has consistently championed skills development in southern Africa, supporting the advancement of critical initiatives in the fields of IPv6, BGP security, RPKI and other Internet related technologies. He also supports many causes to this end in his personal capacity.
1997: Moves from American school in France to join French school in England
2000: Leaves school in London, England, to muster cattle in the Australian outback
2004: Starts his first company, Workonline Interactive, aged 19, in Cape Town, South Africa
2005: Establishes Hush Hush Marketing in Cape Town
2006: Co-founder of Workonline Communications in Cape Town
2008: Co-founder of The Code Studio in Cape Town
2010: Co-founder of Leopard Luxury Care Hire in Cape Town
2011: Edward moves to Johannesburg to open Workonline Communications in Gauteng
2012: Launches first European point of presence (POP) for Workonline Communications in London
2013: Forges a strategic partnership between Level3 Communications, the largest network in the world, and Workonline Communications
2014: Introduces free IPv6 IP Transit service to ISPs in South Africa through Workonline
2015: Workonline opens operations in Kenya, marking the beginning of its expansion into many other African markets
2016: Awarded finalist in the IT Personality of the Year in South Africa in recognition of exceptional contribution to the South African ICT industry
2017: Appointed to advisory board of leading pan-African carrier neutral data centre operator
2017: Introduces the Workonline Tour – an initiative to encourage deeper collaboration and skills transfer between African and American engineers and the Internet industry.
2018: Launches first Asian POP for Workonline Communications in Singapore
2018: Launches WomenTechConnect programme for the African Internet community at the African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF)
2019: Supports Workonline Communications in becoming the first African network to deploy RPKI-based BGP Origin Validation to help secure the African Internet
2020: Drives the implementation of free high-speed Internet to thousands of children in South Africa in partnership with Africa Tikkun
Email: edward (at) lawrence.africa