Jemila Abdulai is the creative director and founding editor of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com, a digital platform and company dedicated to producing meaningful insights, interaction and creative action linked to Africa and Africans. An economist by training and a self-proclaimed wordsmith, she has been writing since the age of 10 and uses digital technologies to explore the nuances and interactions between African culture, policy, economics and human-interest issues.
As a media and international development professional and freelance consultant, Jemila Abdulai combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Jemila has a M.A. in International Economics and International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in Economics and French from Mount Holyoke College.
While consulting for the African Development Bank, she managed knowledge, regional and country events; liaising with development practitioners in government, private sector, civil society and academia in over 15 countries. Alongside her work in policy and communications, Jemila creates and delivers engaging and interactive digital skills trainings for individuals and companies on using social media and other digital resources effectively.
A blogger and avid communicator, Jemila excels at creating content, connections and conversations. She is currently spearheading Circumspecte’s ‘Sisterhood Matters’ conversation series on women supporting women. She works with Africa-oriented brands, companies and organizations like the African Development Bank and the World Bank Group to create and leverage digital content and tools. She has written for Devex, Global Voices and the LSE Africa Blog, alongside features on Al-Jazeera, BBC, This Is Africa, and Thought Catalog.
More recently, she has applied her people and storytelling skills to film. Her short story Yennenga was published in the 2015 Caine Prize Anthology. Jemila enjoys reading, travel, photography, and global cuisine. She speaks both French and Arabic and has worked in over 10 countries, the majority of which are African.