Emma Kate Hopkins OBE took up her post as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Denmark in October 2020. Prior to this she served as Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2015 to 2020. Emma started out her professional career as a barrister before entering public service. Her career in government has been dominated by work on human rights and gender equality. Prior to her ambassadorial appointments she led the UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), a campaign to end impunity for warzone rape. She was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to preventing sexual violence in conflict affected countries.
Between 2006 and 2008, she developed the first UK strategy on human trafficking and delivered it through a national and international campaign. For her work, in 2008, Emma received the Civil Servant of the Year Award for outstanding contribution to public service. Emma is a regular speaker on diversity issues and in 2017 she started an initiative called Ambassador for a Day which seeks to promote the leadership potential of 14-17 year old girls from different backgrounds. The initiative has now been launched in Denmark and has been run in over 30 British Embassies across the world.