Emma Judge is an accomplished international development leader, trouble shooter and writer, with more than 25 years experience of living and working in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Emma set up and successfully managed Dawa Consulting in Malawi for more than seven years, working on assignments in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Kingdom of eSwatini, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, before returning to the UK in 2012 and continuing to support her clients globally.

Emma has successfully delivered on a host of senior management roles, including serving as the CEO of Sound Seekers (The Commonwealth Society for the Deaf) between 2015 and 2018, establishing the organisation as a leader in the development and delivery of comprehensive audiology services in sub-Saharan Africa. Emma is a Commissioner for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, appointed by the Secretary of State for International Development, and is also a member of Business Fights Poverty.

Emma uses her extensive and multi-disciplinary experience in leadership, communications, development impact and relationship building to contribute to and drive her clients’ global strategies, while advocating for social justice and economic inclusion. A highly articulate public speaker, with a track record of influencing governments and policy makers on issues of disability, deaf matters, health, education and gender, Emma facilitates change and integrates inclusive approaches into government policy to help ensure no-one is left behind.

Core skills include:

  • Strategic communications
  • Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning
  • Impact assessments
  • Behaviour change
  • Capacity building, coaching, mentoring and facilitation
  • Relationship development and management
  • Organisational development and change management
  • Charity governance, policies and procedures