Emer Coleman is an experienced digital leader with a background in both the public and private sector. She provided leadership training to organizations like the Local Government Association, The Leadership Centre for Local Government, PWC Ireland (and their clients), China’s publishing giant PPMG and The National University Of Singapore.
As a journalist Emer has contributed to Computer Weekly and Government Computing and is a regular speaker at events and conferences like The Bloomberg/Aspen Institute on Smarter Cities New York, The Warwick Festival Of Social Sciences and recently for the Open Data Institute How to Scale Open Data for Smart Cities. She is also the Business Development Director forTransportAPI a start-up powering innovation and change in transport.
Emer was the architect of The London Datastore and worked recently as Deputy Director at GDS where I was responsible for communications and engagement on all of their product and service launches and where she wrote the Social Media Guidance for the Civil Service. She has supported Permanent Secretaries and the Head of the UK Civil Service in their effective use of social media. Emer holds a BA in History and Sociology from University College Cork and an MPA from Warwick Business School.
Emer was named in Wired Magazines Top 100 Digital Power Influencers List 2011 and served as a judge for the Rockerfeller Foundation 2012 Innovation Challenge Decoding Data. She was also a speaker at the Code for America Summit 2012 in San Francisco. Emer is the only non US contributor to Beyond Transparency Open Data and The Future of Civic Innovation published by Code for America and launched at their summit in October 2013.