Simon is an experienced investor and business leader with over 30 years of experience working at the intersection of finance, business building and global development across Africa, Asia, Europe, and US.
Prior to joining GEAPP in 2022, Simon spent 20 years on the leadership team of Actis, the $24bn global investor in sustainable infrastructure. Simon has served as Investment Committee Chair for Novastar Ventures, and as Senior Adviser to The Larry Ellison Foundation. Simon was a non-executive on corporate boards including the National Empowerment Fund of South Africa; the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business; the African Leadership Group of Education Social Enterprises; and the President of Nigeria’s Investment Advisory Council.
Earlier in his career, Simon created and led a series of start-ups in Europe and held senior management roles with British Airways. Simon started his career in investment banking (SG Warburg) and strategy consulting (Boston Consulting Group). He holds a BA from the University of Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD.