Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Emma Haegeman

Senior Technical Expert

Emma Haegeman joined SDDirect as a Senior Technical Specialist in the Governance, Voice and Accountability Portfolio in February 2016. She has been a consultant for over 11 years, working with a range of clients and organisations. Her interest and experience is in governance and accountability, civil society, political economy analysis, behavioural change and social norms, and gender and inclusion.

She is currently the lead Gender and Inclusion Advisor for a 4-year governance programme in Sierra Leone (SABI), and a Senior Advisor for the Strengthening Transparency and Accountability Programme in Ghana (STAR-Ghana Phase 2), an adaptive accountability programme in Somalia (IAAAP), and the North African Technical Advisory Facility (NATAF). Since joining the company, she has written several gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) strategies for a range of governance and accountability programmes. Emma also leads an in-house working group on gender and inclusion, facilitating learning across the organisation and the different portfolios of work.

Emma also has an excellent track record in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) – 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. Emma has been integral to developing in-house tools to measure GESI responsiveness within organisations and programmes, including GESI audits and progress markers. Her most recent M&E assignment includes undertaking a mid-term review of the Strategic Plan 2016-2020 for the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) Programme in Tanzania.

Emma’s strengths in research, analysis and writing, are matched with extensive field work experience. Emma has worked in various parts of East and West Africa, Central America and Asia. Her passion however, lies in Southeast Asia where she has lived and worked in many countries in the region including Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Cambodia. She is experienced in using a range of participatory methods and tools to ensure that vulnerable and marginalised groups are meaningfully engaged.

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