Emira Woods is a strategist, researcher, and advocate specialising in social impact and innovation. She has served as the Director of Social Impact at ThoughtWorks, a global technology firm committed to economic and social justice. Her work has been to forge and sustain strategic relationships linking social movements to innovative technology, funding, policymakers and other resources. Originally from Liberia, Emira led ThoughtWorks’ efforts to bring more robust technology solutions to the Ebola crisis. This includes addressing the need for more real-time Information – GIS mapping of incidences; mobile-data collection/mobile-service-delivery; and health information management systems
Prior to ThoughtWorks, Ms. Woods worked at the D.C. based think-tank, Institute for Policy Studies, as Director of Foreign Policy In Focus. Her focus was on research, analysis, advocacy and communications/media regarding U.S. foreign policy, with a particular expertise in US-Africa policy. During her career she spent eight years as the Africa Program Officer with Oxfam America and four years as Manager of Development Policy and Practice at InterAction, the U.S. network of intentional development and humanitarian organizations.
Emira serves on the Board of Directors of Action Aid International, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Africa Council and the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars. She remains an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Ms. Woods has been a regular commentator on CNN’s Your World Today, BBC’s The World Today (Weekend), and appears regularly on Al Jazeera, National Public Radio, CCTV and Voice of America. She has written on a range of issues from climate change, debt, labor rights, trade and development to U.S. military policy. Ms. Woods completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at Columbia University and her graduate studies in Political Economy and Government at Harvard.