Originally hailing from Ireland Emma first moved to Australia in 2004, and spent 6 years learning to competently host a BBQ and get off the beach by 11am. Armed with these invaluable skills she graduated to the Netherlands where she undertook a Masters in International Communications, and entry-level qualifications in beer drinking and urban bike riding. Looking for a role with social impact led to a role with SNV, a respected Dutch INGO working across Energy, WASH and Agriculture in 35 countries. Having held two positions there - in corporate communications and then overseeing communications for SNV's largest sector, Agriculture, Emma was inspired every day by the wealth of talent, passion and good humor that people bring to bear against the great challenges of inequality and poverty in their countries.
Now having found another enclave of passionate talented people in Engineers without Borders she is getting the word out about the huge value humanitarian engineering brings in addressing global challenges.
Emma loves travelling to far-flung places, eating the food and photographing the sights. A keen amateur photographer, she is nonetheless not the kind to get up at 4am for a sunrise. Interior and product design inspire her every day to think about form and function, and surprisingly - mostly to her - she likes to go running.