Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Jessica Jacobson

Senior Technical Specialist

Jessica joined SDDirect’s technical team in 2012, and has since worked across a range of research and implementation projects focused primarily on women’s economic empowerment, the prevention of gender-based violence, and working with adolescent girls and young women.

She is currently the Helpdesk Manager for the DFID Work Opportunities for Women (WOW) programme, a DFID flagship programme on women’s economic empowerment.

Beyond consulting, Jessica has worked with NGOs and public relations firms including Ashoka in South Africa, the Girls Empowerment Network in Malawi, and Human Rights Watch and Portland Communications in the UK. Jessica holds an MSc in Anthropology and Development from the LSE, and has recently completed the Social Entrepreneurship Programme at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria.