Emma has worked on sustainable development projects in North America, East Africa and Latin America, including with the Canadian International Development Agency in rural Cuba. Working on water issues in Cuba taught her that interdisciplinary thinking, partnership building, communication and engagement are foundations for good water governance.
Wanting to build on these experiences, Emma sought out further training through an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management at the University of Oxford. Following the MSc, she worked in Oxford’s Medical Science Division, supporting a project that aimed for capacity building and community empowerment around traditional health and resource conservation in sub-Saharan Africa. Afterwards, with the Environmental Change Institute, she led and implemented programmes in support of the University of Oxford’s sustainability initiatives, including the award winning Carbon Innovation Programme.
Community building and engagement have been central themes throughout her career and she joined the IWA-HQ team as the Governing Membership & Young Water Professional Officer.
She is currently researching and advising on blockchain projects for the water sector while working in the field on water management for dry land agriculture and permaculture.
When she’s not working, she can be found in, near or on water – swimming, hiking, kayaking, canoeing or paddleboarding.