About Us

What we do:

Education and Health Service Focus:

  • Development Projects: Disability, Health, Research and Business
  • Program Development: Schools, Social Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Training: Special Education, At Risk Youth, Neuro-diversity, Inclusivity
  • Cognitive Engagement Consulting Individual, Group, Case Management and Strategic Advice
  • Special Education Support focussed on Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gifted and Talented Education, Lifelong Learning, At-Risk Youth, Neurodiversity, Self Regulated Learning
  • Research
  • Allied Health Professional Collaboration and Referral
  • Tertiary Lecturing Education, Psychology and Business
  • Rural and Remote Mental Health Advocacy

Business, Small, Medium and Corporate:

  • Project Development, Direction and Management
  • Strategic development and execution
  • Problem Solving
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Ethical Dilemma Problem Solving
  • Knowledge Management
  • Change Management
  • Philanthropy Direction
  • Neurodiversity employment and management


  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Pro Bono Consulting to youth start up business
  • Social Enterprise support

COG Matters is a unique combination of interests and passion in education, business and psychology cognition processes.  Strategy development, Knowledge management and social procurement are areas of particular expertise with our project direction. This provides the perfect platform for a range of project developments by the COG Matters team and affiliated partners.

Projects to date have been instigated to fill the necessary social and education gaps experienced by communities. This ethos allows COG Matters to grow in collaboration with other Organisations for the benefit of the local and global community in a social, responsible manner.

Emma L Donaldson: Founder, Project Director

Emma graduated with Honours and began her Special Education pathway as coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education. Previous creative influences from dance training, as well as being passionate about meeting the needs of individual students on varying levels, has led to creation of programs and networks within schools and communities. Enabling links for education and learning is priority. Currently working in education pedagogy and special education needs in the United States and Caribbean, Emma has previous experience within Early Intervention, Sector and Policy Development and Directing a Registered Training Organisation in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Emma Donaldson is a well respected expert on gifted education and Autism Spectrum Disorder in special education. Emma is currently studying a PhD in Health Science focussed on self regulated learning for at risk learners and works as a Tertiary educator in pre-service education and psychology. Emma was named a Telstra Victorian Marie Claire Young Business Women’s Award Finalist in 2010 for the developments in special education and became the recipient of the CEDA Mentor award during her EMBA business study.

Emma’s role at COG Matters is to manage and engage partners specific to projects.  For all COG Matters clients, a range of consultants are available for specific projects, all offering the specialised and tailored support to manage the project to all stakeholders needs.


Practical Research Autism Centre Project Direction: International
School Based Education Research (Australia) www.autismprac.org.au

Administration Direction: Special Needs Foundation of Cayman www.specialneedsfoundation.ky

Beyondblue Mental Health Research Grant Panel (Australia)


Be Un Ltd (Caribbean)


Clever Girl Marketing

Green Nugget Estate

Sassy & Able Business Publishing

Speech Therapy Cayman Islands

Education Connection

Chatterbox Ltd

University Association

University of Melbourne (PhD; Psychology Lecture/Tutor)
RMIT (EMBA; Education Lecture/Tutor)
LaTrobe University (Honours Alumni)
ICCI (Psychology Lecture/Tutor)


  • CEDA – Committee for Economic Development of Australia
  • Telstra Business Women’s Alumni
  • Business Chicks Network
  • Media, Entertainment , Arts Alliance Member


  • Bachelor of Education (Hons)
  • Executive Masters of Business (EMBA)
  • Victorian Institute of Teachers Registered
  • Training, Assessment and Accreditation IV qualified
  • Certificate III Commercial Dance and Drama
  • PhD Candidate


  • CEDA Emerging Leaders Award
  • 2010 Marie Claire Telstra Business Women Leaders Finalist
  • EMBA with Distinction


  • Melbourne, Australia
  • St.Arnaud, Australia
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands