Prior to her work in Africa Emmy Voltman worked as a journalist/reporter for various Dutch broadcasting companies such as AVRO and NOS. Her interest in Africa started more than 20 years ago during a visit to Tanzania where she worked on a documentary concerning refugees. This first encounter with the African continent led to the start of her own business, Global Projects.

In recent years Emmy worked in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda and traveled (by car) through Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia. Emmy was and is involved in various projects for both profit- and non-profit organizations. Projects in the field of ICT & education (ICT4E), Woman & Youth empowerment, Renewable Energy, Circular Economy and (Social) Entrepreneurship, including the set-up and management of social companies in East-Africa (Tanzania, Kenya) and West-Africa (Ghana and Senegal).

She has broad experience in project and programme management for non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups. Emmy also served a few years as director external relations for ICT for Development (ICT4D) projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this role she was responsible for business development, project and programme development, stakeholder analysis and management, fundraising and creating and managing global partnerships, including contract negotiation.

Emmy is a real ‘connector’. She unites people, ideas and means. She also is a strong researcher and proficient business relationship manager. Besides she has excellent intercultural communication skills. All of which are important competences when starting a project or business in Africa.

More information about Emmy and her work: www.globalprojects.nl