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Class 16 (2017-2019)

Natalie Emery, Italy

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Education | Poverty Alleviation | Policy Analysis & Economic Transformation

Natalie Emery has over fourteen years of international experience in the development and humanitarian sector.

She is currently based in South Sudan, a country with alarmingly high humanitarian needs. Working with the World Food Programme-led Logistics Cluster, Natalie supports the logistics component of the country-wide emergency response, providing coordination, timely information, and access to common services to enable the humanitarian community to deliver life-saving cargo to communities in hard-to-reach locations in a timely manner. Natalie has also co-founded the Women in Logistics Network, a shared initiative that aims to address the gender imbalance in logistics by building capacity, changing perceptions and increasing the number of South Sudanese women working in the logistics sector and reaching leadership roles.

Natalie is also the co-founder of Code for Change, a non-profit organization that creates and provides tech-based educational opportunities to children, youth, and teachers. She spent seven years leading the organization enabling it to grow from one training centre in South Africa, to reach thousands of children and youth in schools in challenging contexts in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan, and East Africa.

An Italian national, Natalie has started, led, and supported projects in communities in India, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa, South Sudan, Switzerland, and the USA. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management from the University of South Africa and an M.A. in International Development Policy from Duke University. Her master’s project focused on innovative learning interventions that lead to income-generating activities for refugee women and girls. She is a 2015 Global Laureate and 2016 Rotary Peace Fellow.

Applied Field Experience

United Nations Women, Geneva, Switzerland