Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team

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Emma Cowan

Associate Director, Programmes

Emma is Associate Director of Programmes at SDDirect. She is leading the Programmes team to drive the operations of projects and plays a leadership role on contracted projects, including on technical delivery, project management, and oversight.

Emma has more than ten years of experience designing, managing, and implementing social development projects for the UK Government and other international donors and organisations. Emma previously worked with Plan International UK managing the GEC through the Ebola and post-Ebola transition period in Sierra Leone. She brings a wide range of project delivery experience working and living in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Malawi.

 Emma has a Master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in Africa and International Development with concentrations in Social Development. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Reading in Sociology.