Cordelia is English and grew up in Cheltenham. She started her career on Fleet Street and then as a freelance journalist in Cairo. Branching out, she joined a development project that was introducing personal computers into Egyptian university offices (Apple IIEs in the early 80s!)
Her niche became developing information systems for humanitarian projects in Africa. In 1985 she was one of the founding members of a Drought and Famine Early Warning System in Sudan. She developed a rice quantity accounting system in Sierra Leone, a mechanized farming spare parts tracking system on the Sudan-Ethiopia border and a country wide aid commodity tracking system in Ethiopia. She also developed several automated payrolls in African currencies.
In the late 90s she was able to get one of the first internet connections in Ethiopia and launched her career as a web developer. A few years later in Ghana she became a social business entrepreneur and founded eShopAfrica.com, an ecommerce portal creating sustainable businesses for traditional African artisans. She’s an alumni of the Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Incubator.
In 2002 Cordelia moved to Rome where she’s still based. She has rolled out major online advocacy and communication campaigns for non-profits. For ten years she worked for the UN Committee on World Food Security and is now working for the NGO Unit of the World Food Programme.
Here are some links by or about Cordelia
- Queen Idia’s Africa: Ten Short Stories
- Is Boston food insecure?
- British tech firm brought down by #TimesUp
- Forests that feed us
- Out and about in Kofridua bead market
- BBC: African crafts go online
- Looking beyond the tribalism taboo
- Disasters: Towards an Early Warning System in Sudan
- A Quick Guide to Khan El Khalili