Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Jessica Jacobson

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.

Jessica has recently completed the Social Entrepreneurship Programme at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria; she also holds an MSc in Anthropology and Development from the LSE, and a BA in Anthropology and French from Tulane University, during which time she spent a year studying at the Sorbonne.