Emma is a qualified occupational therapist from South Africa who has worked in public schools, hospitals and psychiatric facilities, and NGOs to enable people with mental and physical disabilities to participate in activities of daily life. Her multi-sectoral exposure to the public sector in the Department of Health, Education and Social Development has surcharged her passion to ensure all children have the opportunity to play with freedom, to live without fear and to develop to their full potential. Her work exposure has motivated her to lead diverse community projects and initiatives to address the inequalities she has seen. In 2019, Emma completed her community service year at Ngwelezana Hospital, a rural hospital in South Africa. In 2021, she completed her master’s degree at Oxford in Education and Child Development, where her research analysed caregiver programmes to address educational inequality and the devastating literacy rates in Africa. Her policy interests are in child health, education and social care.
Emma is a Rhodes Scholar.