Simon has a background in plant pathology and crop protection. He has worked with developing countries for over forty 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). His interests include improving developmental impact 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.