As TechnoServe’s Senior Vice President of Development, Simon is responsible for leading strategy, thought leadership, business and program development. He also guides a growing number of global practices that support TechnoServe’s scaling impact priorities, including entrepreneurhsip and coffee. Previously he was TechnoServe’s regional director for Africa.
Before joining TechnoServe in 2003, Simon was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he co-led the firm's international development practice. Prior to that, he worked as an economic planner for the Botswana government and as a development consultant in southern Africa. He started his career with Barclays Bank PLC in the United Kingdom, Côte d'Ivoire and Australia.
Simon is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School, where he is researching climate risks and sub-Saharan African food and agricultural systems. He is a board member of Root Capital, a member of the strategic advisory board of Esoko, a member of the SDG subcommittee of the Secretary of State's Advisory Council on Public-Private Partnerships, an advisory committee member of the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, and a member of the Transformation Leaders Network of the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture.
Simon is originally from the U.K. and holds a Ph.D. in development economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
“From the time I first witnessed deep poverty firsthand in Côte d’Ivoire in 1984, I’ve been passionate about helping people acquire the skills, competencies and connections that will enable them to create the dynamic businesses that will end poverty.”