Studies at the London School of Economics and Imperial College London. With Mercy Corps: held several country leadership positions; has worked in over 20 countries in Africa; former Regional Director, West and Central Africa, managing large teams and a substantial portfolio of programmes in some of the continent's most challenging environments; since early 2015, Executive Director, European entity and Senior Vice-President, Global Partnerships. Oversees a global portfolio of programmes supported by the organization's European partners. Spearheads Mercy Corps' global partnerships and influence team and strategy, focusing on The Gulf and China. Former and current advisory board and council member to several World Economic Forum and World Bank initiatives. Regular speaker, opinion piece writer and influencer in social change. Passionate about promoting equitable access to opportunity and catalysing positive change. Expertise in setting strategy, leading teams and fostering partnership; particularly new partnership models in fragile environments.
Across the world, there is a lack of trust in our leaders, in our institutions and in the future. 2018 is the year to change this.
In the Palestinian territories, described as not only fragile but also as one of the most confined places on the planet, change is brewing.
If we want a more stable and prosperous world, we need to embrace our global diversity and expertise.
It is not a lack of food that has caused famine-like conditions in countries like South Sudan and Yemen. The crises exist because of violence and conflict.
As we walk down the “Champs-Élysées”, it is a hive of activity. Passers-by look longingly into shop windows at the extravagant goods on display. The latest fashions are on show, special o...
Todavía estamos a tiempo de evitar un futuro desalentador. El 2016 todavía puede ser el año en el que optemos por un camino de compasión e inclusión en lugar de uno de miedo y división.
Despite numerous setbacks, 2016 can still be the year we choose a path of compassion and inclusion over fear and division.
Simon O'Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps, argues that we need to address the global inequality of opportunity.
Simon O'Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps, looks at the changes needed in the aid sector.