Simon Zadek is Senior Fellow at the Global Green Growth Institute and the International Institute of Sustainable Development, and Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in Beijing. He is on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and was until recently Senior Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s JK Kennedy School of Government and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation . He founded and was until 2009 Chief Executive of the international think tank, AccountAbility.
Simon’s work is focused on the intersection of economic policy, business strategy and transformation, and sustainability outcomes. He recently co-authored the report, Green Investment, launched at Davos as part of his input to a G20-catalyzed initiative focused on green finance. He contributed to the UN Secretary General`s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, focusing on the financial market reform and sustainability. He was team leader for the South African Government in the development of the South African Renewables Initiative, an international co-operation initiative focused on leveraging international finance to enable South Africa to scale up its renewables ambitions and roll-out.
He is currently based in Beijing, where his China-facing policy work is focused on how to embed sustainability into China`s financial market reform program, greening China`s outward investment, advancing green public procurement, and low carbon business in China`s eco-industrial parks, working with the Development Research Centre of the State Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China Council for International Co-operation on Environment and Development, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Commerce. He recently co-authored publications on the economic opportunity of aging in China and corporate responsibility in China.