About Me

I am an independent policy advisor working with national, regional and city governments, business organisations and development agencies to formulate and implement strategies for enhanced economic growth, business development and job creation. I have worked throughout Australia, Asia and Africa.

My major advisory and research interests focus on public policies for innovation, entrepreneurship and regional and local economic development. He also works on international development and the role of donor and development agencies, business environment reform, public sector governance, regulatory reform, and the promotion of private investment for development. He has a strong interest in these themes in Africa and Australia, as well as global developments and trends.

My advisory services include:

  • Public policies for economic development, entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation
  • Design and management of advocacy strategies for policy reform
  • Regional economic analysis and development strategies
  • Private sector and business development programmes and services
  • Business environment and regulatory reform, including red-tape reduction

I have a PhD in Political Science from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in Science and Technology Policy from the institute of Science and Technology Policy at Murdoch University.

My previous research has focused on the role of national governments in supporting development in peripheral regions, the role of public policy in supporting jobs in the SME sector, and the role of international donor and development agencies in promoting private sector development and supporting business environment reform.

See a selection of testimonials from previous clients.

AFFILIATIONS

Australian Credited Economic Developer (ACEcD) and Member of Economic Development Australia.

Member: Australasian Evaluation Society

Visiting Fellow: Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University, Australia

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Visiting Adjunct Professor: Graduate School of Public Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2009-present): Teaching masters-level students and supervising research associated with the regulation of the telecommunications sector; teaching at the Wits Business School on public policies that promote innovation, competition and productivity. Simon also provides academic supervision to masters-level students and PhD candidates.

Board Member: Harakat – the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (2011-present): Harakat is a US$50 million facility supporting the reform of the investment climate and business environment in Afghanistan.

Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (2002-present): The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) is an international membership organisation made up of international development agencies, which includes World Bank and United Nations agencies, as well as the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and the UK, among others. Simon provides technical advice and support on various knowledge management projects that improve the practices of these agencies in their support of business environment reforms in developing countries.

I have provided consulting services in the following countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Maldives, Malaysia, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine Territories, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.