Simon has a background in plant pathology and crop protection. He has worked with developing countries for over thirty years and is a recognized authority on plant diseases caused by bacteria and phytoplasmas, and their insect vectors. His experience includes winning, implementing and leading research and development projects (including pests and diseases of coconut, oil palm, clove, banana, maize, and the development of plant protection services); commissioning, monitoring and evaluating research led by others (as manager of a DFID Crop Protection Programme); and institutional development (as head of a UK research department). Whilst advocating strongly for role of research in reducing poverty, Simon also recognizes that knowledge alone will rarely provide a magic bullet. A range of developmental or facilitating processes are usually required to enable research outputs to improve livelihoods and achieve developmental impact. His interests lie in fostering and facilitating this process through promoting better awareness, participation and communication between researchers, policy makers and the constituents they serve.
Country Experience: Belize, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA
Availability: Available for short-term assignments.