Meet Ethel Cofie, ‘Women-in-Tech’ leader and founder of Edel Technology Consulting

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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.

Ethel sits on numerous boards and is also a President Obama Washington Fellow for Leadership (YALI).

Ethel Cofie is a woman with a genuine passion for technology and is a real advocate for women’s entrepreneurship in the sector.

Today, her company Edel Consultancy, which she founded in 2013, is the primary vehicle for driving her technology passion. At the same time, it provides a platform from which to run powerful women in technology networking groups and alliances, focused on education and enhancing women’s careers in the sector.

In the preceeding decade, she gained invaluable global industry experience working with a wide range of innovative and transformational tech systems and products in different capacities including Product/Solutions Management, Business Analysis, Software Development, Service Management, Strategy Development and Implementation. Her career path took her to the UK between 2006 and 2009 where she undertook her MSc in Distributed Systems at Brighton University, followed by a corporate position as a Business and Systems Analyst with RDF Solutions. Both proved to be invaluable experiences that were to help shape her next career moves.

She is also a woman entrepreneur that believes in making a positive contribution to society through her knowledge, expertise and innovative ideas.

In 2010, she worked on a number of game changing social projects in Africa, such as the Ford Foundation funded election-monitoring project for Nigerian Elections, and also the Bill and Melinda Gates Funded Mobile Technology for Health. For that project, the focus was on building mobile applications to help the Ghana Health Service to store pregnant mother data and help pregnant mothers with relevant information to avoid child mortality. The project was so successful that it has been implemented in Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and India, proving that technology can indeed save lives. She was also the Technology Consultant for Dream Perfect in Sierra Leone, working on new Mobile Technology Solutions in the country.

Today, Ethel contributes significantly to helping other women entrepreneurs in the tech sector in Africa, running the Women in Tech group in Ghana, founding the Women in Tech Africa Alliance, and supporting a large number of tech startups with mentorship and advice, and as a board member.