Simon O'Connell

Chief Executive Officer, Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)

Studied 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.



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