Emma Thwaites

Director of Corporate Affairs
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Emma is the Director of Corporate Affairs at the ODI

Emma leads the ODI’s Corporate Affairs portfolio. This includes:

  • Public policy
  • Events and engagement
  • Data as Culture
  • Communications and marketing
  • Product and innovation
  • ODI Membership and;
  • The ODI Summit

Emma’s team comprises of individuals with multi-disciplinary expertise to deliver:

  • Behaviour and culture change consultancy – specialising in the global data ecosystem
  • Policy and public affairs research, engagement and influencing
  • Convening and collaborating with our network of influential stakeholders and audiences worldwide
  • Sharing the ODI’s research and thought leadership
  • Creative campaigns, storytelling and content production

Emma has 30 years of strategic business experience, gained in roles at the BBC and UK Cabinet Office, and founding – and running – her own successful consultancy practice.

A former journalist and editor, Emma is a member of the ODI’s Executive Leadership team and advises the board. She is a board director of OpenUk, and Executive Chair of Allegory.