Head of Environment, Transitions and Resilience, Environment Directorate
Simon is the Head of the Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division within the Environment Directorate at the OECD, which provides the 35 member governments with economic analysis and policy recommendations covering a wide-range of issues including climate, biodiversity, water, finance and nitrogen policy. Before joining the OECD in November 2014, Simon was the founding Climate Policy Director at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London (2007-14) and a member of the Imperial College Management Board (2011-13). While at Imperial, Simon played a leading role in the creation of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology’s Climate KIC and was a member of its Governing Board (2011-14). Previously, Simon was a senior British diplomat and served in a variety of senior roles both in London and overseas. Simon joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986 and has also worked at the Bank of England (1998-2002), the UK Ministry of Defence (1988-1991) and as a postdoctoral researcher in quantum optics at Imperial (1985-86). Simon has a doctorate in theoretical physics, an MSc in Financial Economics and a BSc Joint Hons (First Class) in Physics and Philosophy. He was awarded a CMG in 2007 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.