Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Emma Cowan

Associate Director, Programmes

Emma has a Master’s degree in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh and joined SDD in March 2018 to lead the programmes team as Head of Programmes. Emma joined the team from Plan International UK where she was Programme Manager on Plan’s GEC programme in Sierra Leone. Prior to joining Plan,  Emma worked in the private sector at Palladium as an International Recruitment Specialist and before that at Coffey as a Project Co-Ordinator. She also has wider NGO experience; as well as spending time at Plan she has worked with YEDI in Nigeria (Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative).

Emma brings with her a great mix of project management and business development experience across complex programmes which she will be applying to her management of the Programmes team and function. Emma also has had in-country stints in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Malawi.