Jemila Abdulai, Ghanaian, is an international development, policy and media professional. She is the creative director and founding editor of the award-winning digital media brand Circumspecte. Started in 2007, the digital platform and company is dedicated to meaningful insights, interaction and creative action related to Africa and Africans.
Jemila has a track record of excellent delivery as a freelance consultant in digital media, policy research, and event management. She spearheads networking events, hosts entrepreneurship workshops, and consults for various development-focused and Africa-oriented organizations including the African Center for Economic Transformation, the World Bank Group and the African Development Bank. Her work has taken her all over Africa, liaising with development practitioners in the public and private sector.
An avid collaborator, Jemila Abdulai seeks to foster innovative action among African youth and has contributed to initiatives like the Ghana Decides project, SheHive Accra, various BarCamps, and Blogging Ghana. In addition to guest lecturing at Ashesi University, she offers professional trainings on digital marketing, blogging and social media. She has also volunteered and mentored during various youth initiatives like TechCamp West Africa, Tech Camp Ivory Coast and the Ahaspora Mentorship Program. The author of #Yennenga, a short story published in 2015 Caine Prize Anthology Lusaka Punk, Jemila’s articles have been published by Devex and the LSE Africa Blog, alongside features on Al-Jazeera, BBC and Thought Catalog.
Jemila secured her MA in International Economics and International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and her BA in Economics and French from Mount Holyoke College. She speaks English, French and Arabic and has worked in over 10 countries, the majority of which are African.