Dr. Corrie Kordas

Since 1990, Dr. Corrie Kordas has been avidly pursuing her goal to increase her knowledge of the process through which developing countries are able to assert themselves on the global stage. Dr. Corrie Kordas is an M.Phil and Ph.D. Graduate of Cambridge University(Cambridge, United Kingdom), in the field of International Relations, and a M.Sc. Graduate of the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica) in the field of Social Sciences/ Development Studies.

In 1997- 1998, she worked in the UK as a Research Associate with Sir Shridath Ramphal, the first Chief Negotiator of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery(RNM). Between September 1998 and 2001, she returned to Brussels after being appointed as the Brussels Representative of the RNM, where she played a significant role in the coordination of Caribbean negotiating activity in the sectors relating to Political Dialogue; Civil Society; Migration; Humanitarian Matters; Cultural Development; Private Sector Development; Development Finance Cooperation and Trade Development. Her contributions positively contributed to process culminated in the ACP-EU signed Cotonou Agreement (2001-2020).

Since November 2001, she returned to the ACP Secretariat and was appointed as the Expert in Charge of Humanitarian Affairs and Civil Society in the Political Affairs and Human Development Department. She continues to make significant contribution to the advancement of the political, economic and social interests of the wider ACP Group of States, within the context of their partnership with the European Union and the wider global economy.

Within the ACP framework, Dr. Corrie Kordas has collaborated closely within the ACP-EU framework and is deeply honored to have been associated with the ACP Ambassadors’ professional attitude and dedicated efforts to promote the ACP Group’s vision for sustainable development. This collaboration has resulted in successful pioneering work and the creation of the 1st ACP ‘Proposal to Increase the Role and Visibility of the ACP States on the International Arena’; the establishment of the ‘ACP Working Group on States under Sanctions’ which promotes coordinated South-South political dialogue and provides the ACP with the opportunity to become more pro-active through a supportive Peer Review Mechanism which finds practical solutions to states experiencing political instability.

In 2005, within the field of ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management, Dr. Corrie Kordas was the Principal ACP Secretariat Expert to the ACP Group of Ambassadors, and at the technical level, spearheaded the ACP initiative to create the First ACP-EU Natural Disaster Facility (9th EDF). The €12m seed capital Program strengthened Capacity Building requirements, and intra-ACP Dialogue in all the six ACP sub-regions of East, West, Central and Southern Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Under the 10th EDF, in 2010, this program gradually expanded into a €180m ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program. Its ethos is rooted in ACP-EU collaboration at the multilateral and ACP regional and national levels, with partners such as World Bank Global Facility on Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDP, African Development Bank, UNISDR, ECOWAS, ECCAS, SADC, IGAD, SPC(Pacific), CDEMA(Caribbean) .

Dr. Corrie Kordas is currently collaborating with the ACP Group and the European Commission on the design and identification of priorities for the current 11th EDF DRM Program (€100m). Her professional mandate has expanded to include Natural Disaster Risk Management, Humanitarian Matters, Gender Issues, Non State Actors, and she is routinely required to:

  1. Coordinate women and wider NSA community stakeholders in ACP states to facilitate their active involvement and participation in the effective implementation of ACP-EU development cooperation projects within their areas of competence (including the 2018 endorsed ACP-EU-UN Spotlight initiative-€350m).
  2. Monitor the implementation of the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement in the areas of Humanitarian and Emergency Assistance, Natural Disaster Risk Management, and actors of the partnership including private sector, economic and social actors and civil society.
  3. Contribute to the identification and analysis of strategies and activities that would assist ACP States address the issues and challenges arising from the above areas.
  4. Prepare recommendations whose implementation would ensure a rapid, well co-ordinated and targeted response to emergency situations faced by affected ACP states.
  5. Facilitate the strengthening networking and exchange of information and experience amongst the actors of the partnership as well as building links and co-operation between ACP and EU Non-State Actors, including strengthening ACP Diaspora networks.

During the 2016- July 2018 period, Dr. Corrie Kordas assumed additional responsibilities at the ACP Secretariat on issues relating to ACP-EU Migration, Cultural Development and Cooperation, and the Management of Resilient Urban Settlements. Since September 2018, at the Level of the Ambassadorial Technical Negotiation Group III on Political Affairs and has been the Lead Expert responsible for Migration, in the ongoing negotiations for the post-2020 successor ACP-EU Partnership Agreement.

At the level of the Political Affairs and Human Development Department, she routinely supports the work of the respective Subcommittees and Working Groups of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors.