Dr Simon White in an international expert in private sector and economic development. With over thirty years’ advisory experience, Simon provides independent policy advice to governments, business organisations and development agencies, specialising in in business environment reform, entrepreneurship and innovation, regional and local economic development, and market systems development.
From regional Australia to Rwanda, the Philippines and China, to the Pacific, he has provided advice and development services in over 40 countries, including fragile and conflict-affected countries, remote and rural economies, and big cities like Johannesburg and Cairo.
Simon has carried out scores of assessments and research papers, providing guidance on the political, economic and institutional influences affecting development. His clients range from development agencies to local councils, national governments, regional economic communities, academic institutions and large international consulting firms.
Over the years, he has undertaken over twenty programme and institutional reviews and evaluations for more than 16 agencies in a range of countries, as well as a number of global programme reviews.
Simon has also supervised national and global research projects, including multi-country studies on business environment reform, small business policies and programs, investment climate reforms and job creation initiatives.
Simon’s academic experience includes having taught graduate and postgraduate students at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Western Australia, and Murdoch University.
Skilled at managing large multidisciplinary teams of consultants and coordinating missions, Simon is an experienced communicator. He has delivered keynote addresses, presentations and run conferences, workshops and training sessions.
Skilled at working across various geographic and economic contexts, Simon’s technical expertise is crucial in a rapidly changing world where – more then ever before – place defines strategy.
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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 (2016-present)
Visiting Adjunct Professor: Graduate School of Public Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2009-2015)
Board Member: Harakat – the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (2011-2017): 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.
- Afghanistan Investment Climate Programme (Harakat)
- African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
- Australia Africa Partnerships Facility (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
- Blueprint Group Pty. Ltd., South Africa
- Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower
- Business Environment Reform Facility (DFID United Kingdom)
- City of Windhoek, Namibia
- Coffey International Development
- Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
- Commonwealth Secretariat, London
- Commonwealth Youth Programme, London and Africa
- Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida), Copenhagen and numerous embassies
- De Beers, South Africa
- Deloitte and Touch, London
- Development Bank of Southern Africa
- Donor Committee for Enterprise Development, Cambridge UK
- Economic Research Forum, Egypt
- Federation of Egyptian Industries
- Federation of Kenya Employers
- Flanders International Cooperation Agency
- Ford Foundation
- Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Namibia
- European Commission, Brussels
- Gaborone City Council, Botswana
- Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development, Johannesburg
- German International Development
- Gladstone Regional Council, Central Queensland
- Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
- Government of the Republic of South Africa, Department of Local and Provincial Government
- Government of the Republic of South Africa, Department of Trade and Industry
- Government of Botswana, Local Enterprise Authority
- Government of Botswana, Ministry of Trade and Industry
- Government of Botswana, Ministry of Youth Affairs
- IBN (Banyjima, Milyuranpa Banyjima, Minadhu and Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporations), Part Hedland, Western Australia
- International Labour Organization (Geneva headquarters and many regional, sub-regional and country offices)
- Independent Research and Development Council, Canada
- Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- International Training Centre, Turin, Italy
- KPMG London
- LandCorp, Western Australia
- Local governments (numerous local governments across Australia)
- Manufacturing, Engineering, and Related Services Education and Training Authority, South Africa
- Mineworkers Development Agency, Lesotho
- MINTEK, South Africa
- Murdoch University, Australia
- Namibia National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- National Economic Initiative, South Africa
- National Native Title Tribunal, Australia
- National Small Business Council, South Africa
- National Youth Affairs Research Scheme, Australia
- National Youth Council, Namibia
- National Youth Commission, South Africa
- NEPAD: New Partnership for Africa’s Development (the development agency of the African Union)
- Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
- Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency, South Africa
- Okutumbatumba Hawkers’ Association, Namibia
- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris
- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Donor Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC), Paris
- Oxfam UK and Ireland
- Oxford Policy Management
- PeaceNexus Foundation (Geneva)
- PLATFORMA, the pan-European coalition of local and regional governments, Council of European Municipalities and Regions
- South African National Youth Commission
- Southern African Development Community
- Spark, a Dutch NGO based in Amsterdam
- Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Stockholm
- Transport Education and Training Authority, South Africa
- Trust Africa, Senegal
- UK Department for International Development (DFID), London and numerous embassies
- Umsobomvu Youth Fund, South Africa
- Urban Trust of Namibia
- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Geneva)
- United Nations Development Programme (New York)
- United Nations Peace Building Support Office (New York)
- United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Vienna)
- University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
- World Bank Group, including International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS)
Dr. White has provided consulting services to clients in the following countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Maldives, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine Territories, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.