Yaso Córdova is a Public Interest Technologist who dedicates herself to the use of technology to improve society by exploring the intersection of Democracy, Platforms, and Software. She works with Citizen Engagement and Agile at the World Bank Group, after being a Senior Fellow at Belfer Center, at the Digital Kennedy School, at Harvard; and the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard, where she was affiliated for almost 3 years. Before that, she has worked for the World Wide Web Consortium and the UN as Tech specialist and sits on the board of several civil society organizations, like the Ciudadania Inteligente. Córdova studied Industrial Design at the Federal University of Brasilia and completed an MBA at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
She is a self-taught developer. Back in Brazil, her country of origin, she worked in the Brazilian public news agency Agência Brasil, first as datavis designer and developer, later as product and then project manager. Her team managed to make the agency a reference for new ways of information interaction, using hypervideo tutorials, newsgames, and citizen journalism. Her team won two consecutive times the Vladimir Herzog Award, for human rights and Journalism in Brazil. She also participated in three other works (“Terra Invadida”, “Terra Dividida”, “Usinas do Rio Madeira: problema ou solução”) that were finalists in the Caixa award of social journalism editions of 2007 and 2008.