Source: How We Made it in Africa | by Dinfin Mulupi | 20 October 2015
Silicon Valley’s diversity problem has been a subject of much debate in recent years. Women and minorities remain under-represented in tech companies and venture capital firms. In Africa’s tech industry, women are becoming more visible but they too face challenges.
In 2012 Ghanaian entrepreneur Ethel Cofie started Women in Tech Africa, an alliance of female technologists that offers women a platform to network, share challenges, learn from each other and connect across borders. Cofie previously worked for telco Vodafone and non-profit tech projects in Ghana, the UK, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Today she runs her own company, EDEL Technology Consulting.
Cofie speaks to Dinfin Mulupi about the state of women representation in tech, the problem of perception, and why diversity makes business sense. Below are edited excerpts....
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About Ethel Cofie
- Ethel Cofie is a leading tech entrepreneur from Ghana and the founder and CEO of Edel Technology Consulting, a company that provides IT and software services as an enabler and catalyst for businesses to achieve their goals. Ethel is the founder of Women in Tech Africa, initiator of the 1st Pan African woman in tech meetup and was shortlisted for the UN GEM Tech Award for work supporting women in ICT. She has been featured by the BBC and CNN for her work in technology and promoting women's leadership.