Emma Judge is an accomplished international development leader and trouble shooter with more than 25 years experience of living and working in Africa, specialising in strategic leadership, charity governance, relationship development and management, change management, organisational development, risk management, programme development and management, volunteer management, strategic communications, impact assessments, monitoring, evaluation and learning, capacity building, coaching and facilitation.
Emma is a competent, passionate and results-focused advocate for Africa's development, with a special interest in disability, health and education. She spent three years as the CEO of Sound Seekers, The Commonwealth Society for the Deaf, between 2015 and 2018, transforming the organisation through strategic leadership and effective change management to become a dynamic charity sufficiently robust to deal with the opportunities and challenges facing the sector today, while ensuring legal and donor compliance across all activities and operations.
Emma set up Dawa Productions in Malawi in 2004 as a private development consultancy to assist with the social and economic development of the region, using her excellent leadership, infuencing, negotiation and relationship-building skills to contribute to, implement and drive her clients' global strategies, often during periods of challenging transition, including investigating, analysing, problem solving, and responding to opportunities and challenges by providing practical recommendations and action plans to manage risks and/or issues that may impact upon her clients' activities.
Emma successfully managed the business in Malawi for more than seven years, while serving the entire region, before returning to the UK in 2012 and continuing to support her clients across Africa. She has worked on assignments in Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, eSwatini, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Her clients include Action Aid, Australian Volunteers International, CARE International, UKAID, Help Age International, International Citizen Service, Marie Stopes International, Practical Action (formerly ITDG), Sight Savers International, Skillshare International, USAID and VSO.
Emma has built a reputation as a provider of outstanding work in the field of international development, governance and leadership, and is known for her professionalism, integrity, fortitude and results-orientated approach to assignments.
Emma is a published author having compiled a number of books for the international development sector, including 'To Whom It May Concern' − a book celebrating 10 years of democracy in South Africa with the foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu − and two books in the 'Hands On' series published with funding from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) for development professionals. Her photographs have been published in The Guardian and Newsweek, while her writing and editing skills won her the World Bank Global Village Award at the One World Media Awards in 1999. In 2017, Emma published her first children's illustrated book 'The Big Red Truck' - the inspiration for which comes from a hybrid of her adventures of working on an overland truck that travelled through Africa in the early 1990s, coupled with her experiences of working in international development.