Ambassador John Simon

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"Ambassador John Simon is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. Mr. Simon recently served as the United States Ambassador to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to that appointment, he was the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

"Mr. Simon’s work at OPIC saw him leading efforts to promote private investment in the developing world, especially the creation of new private equity funds focused on social impact investment in Africa. He previously served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization and Development on the National Security Council (NSC) staff and at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination. At the White House, Mr. Simon was responsible for several new development initiatives including the Millennium Challenge Account, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and the President's Malaria Initiative. He also oversaw relief efforts for international disasters, including the South Asia Earthquake of 2005."[1]

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  1. United Planet Board, organizational web page, accessed March 30, 2012.