Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Emma Haegeman

Senior Technical Specialist

Emma Haegeman joined SDDirect as a Governance, Voice and Accountability Consultant in February 2016 after a number of years working as a freelance consultant.

Emma’s interest and experience is in empowerment and accountability, civil society, social and cultural analysis, political economy analysis, behavioural change and social norms. She is also interested at looking at legal and legislative environments for pro-poor change. Emma also has an excellent track record in monitoring and evaluation – she has carried out several mid-term and end-term evaluations, conducted baselines, scoping studies and situational analyses, and worked closely with clients to address more complex issues around the theory of change. This work has primarily been for programmes or projects focused on empowerment and accountability of women and girls. Emma’s strengths in research, analysis and writing have allowed her to conduct thorough assessments of vulnerabilities in different contexts.

Emma brings with her an extensive background of working in various parts of Africa, Central America and Asia, however her passion lies in Southeast Asia where she has lived and worked in many countries in the region - Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Emma is also passionate about the empowerment of young people both within work and outside work. In her spare time, she mentors young girls within the UK through the Girl’s Network and within work, she has been working extensively with Plan International to develop guidelines on how to better engage young people in internal decision making processes, as well as providing long-term support to a youth led coalition to develop a youth friendly monitoring and evaluation framework to support young people with research and data collection.

Emma holds a BA in History and Politics from Nottingham University and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS.