As TechnoServe’s Senior Vice President of Development, Simon is responsible for leading and managing strategy and strategic planning, knowledge management, thought leadership and program development. He is also responsible for managing and incubating innovative programs, such as access to finance for small- and medium-sized businesses. Previously he was TechnoServe’s regional director for Africa. He joined TechnoServe in 2003.
Before joining TechnoServe, Simon acquired business advisory and strategic skills as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he co-led the firm's international development practice. Prior to that, he learned about practical development solutions while working as an economic planner for the Botswana government and a development consultant in southern Africa. He also worked in finance and banking with Barclays Bank plc in the United Kingdom, Côte d'Ivoire and Australia.
Simon is a founding Executive Committee member of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a Director on the Board of Root Capital, a member of the World Economic Forum's New Vision for Agriculture Transformation Leaders Network, a member of the Advisory Board of NextBillion.net, and Board Member of the East African Leadership Initiative Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in development economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, a master's degree in development economics from the University of East Anglia and a bachelor's degree in economics from Bristol University.
Simon is a native of the U.K.
“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.”