Emilie Filou

Emilie Filou

Skills

I speak French and Spanish fluently.

I also have good shorthand (100 wpm).

Summary

I am a freelance journalist specialising in business, development and environmental issues, with a particular interest in Africa.

Regular gigs include being the North Africa correspondent for specialist water magazine Global Water Intelligence and a regular author for Lonely Planet guidebooks, with a focus on France and Africa. I regularly contribute to The Africa Report, a glossy bi-monthly, and Ecosystem Marketplace, an American outfit promoting the concept of payment for ecosystem services. I have also written for The Economist.

Work History

Work History
Feb 2008 - Present

Freelance journalist

As well as writing regular features, I have worked on a number of projects:

- Researching and writing (part of) four Lonely Planet books: France (published in Feb 09), West Africa (published Oct 09), the new-look regional Provence Cote d'Azur guide (published Feb 2010) and Tunisia (published Jun 2010).

- Researching and writing intelligence reports on the water market in the Maghreb, including the Maghreb sections of Middle East Water Market 2010 and Global Water Markets 2010. Reports contain comprehensive data, policy framework, forecasts and investment opportunities.

Jul 2007 - Jan 2008

Reporter

Third Sector

The magazine specialises in news from charities and social enterprise. I wrote news stories for the web and the magazine as well as features. I also commissioned a specialist page on law and governance.

Dec 2005 - Jul 2007

Feature writer & Section Editor

World Business

I started working on this global business and management monthly four months before the launch (Apr 06) and helped develop the publication. My job involved feature writing (with a particular focus on CSR, the environment and emerging markets) and section editing. I was the books editor (3 in-depth reviews per issue) and wrote a regular column on business education. I also edited the travel page 'My City' at the back of the magazine. Other responsibilities included proofing as well as writing and editing for the web.

I also ran a 12-month project called 35 under 35 that aimed to identify 35 outstanding businesswomen under the age of 35 from all over the world. The project culminated in an 8-page special report in the magazine and an event in London which was attended by 28 of the winners.

Jul 2004 - Sep 2004

Nico Colchester Fellow

The Economist

I was the European winner of the 2004 Nico Colchester Fellowship. During my three-month internship at the foreign desk, I wrote stories on a variety of topics from the Maoist rebellion in Nepal to the locust plague in West Africa.

Education

Education
Oct 2004 - Jun 2005

PgDip

London College of Communication
Oct 1999 - Jun 2002

BA

University of Oxford, Merton College

Dissertation on health issues amongst Tuaregs in Niger, which explored the complex relationship this nomadic tribe has with the western health system and its own traditional medicine. The research won the Earthscan Prize for best undergraduate development studies dissertation in the country. Invited to present research at the Midlands Dryland Meeting 01/05/2002, Oxford.