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Jamila Gordon

Jamila Gordon smiling at camera

Ms Jamila Gordon is CEO and founder of Lumachain, a technology platform that fixes the broken links in global food supply chains.

Jamila is one of Australia’s most respected digital and technology leaders. In 2018, Microsoft chose her to be a Global Ambassador for the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

Her background includes roles as Group Chief Information Officer of Qantas Airways and Leighton Holdings/CIMIC. Previously, she was a global executive with IBM; based in Europe, she led some of IBM’s largest transformational ‘mega-deals’, including with Solectron Technology, AXA Insurance and ABN AMRO Bank.

Jamila has a deep understanding of the corporate world from both technology and business perspectives, and an extensive network spanning the business, technology, start-up and venture capital worlds, both in Australia and globally.

Jamila’s professional success is made more remarkable by her personal story. She arrived in Australia at the age of 18 having escaped the Somali civil war alone and being virtually homeless in Kenya. Jamila set about learning English and then studied IT at La Trobe University, before starting a career that has taken her around the world. She served on the Board of La Trobe University for 5 years.

SBS interviewed Jamila for their 2018 Australia Day celebrations, as part of a series celebrating people from disadvantaged and refugee backgrounds who have made significant contributions to Australia’s technology and business landscape.