Simon has been dedicated for the past 8 years to designing and operating business innovations in emerging markets. He is passionate about their potential to address the world's most pressing challenges while representing significant growth opportunities.
Simon joined Hystra in 2012, after working with a medical startup company in the US and a microfinance institution in India. He has led over 50 projects working with various stakeholders from MNCs to social entrepreneurs, notably in the sector of electricity and sanitation. He also developed extensive experience in setting up and running public-private alliances, including the Toilet Board Coalition and the African Cotton Foundation.
In 2017, Simon was seconded to Baobab, the leading French microfinance institution, to launch a subsidiary selling solar systems to non-electrified rural families in the Ivory Coast. He designed the go-to-market strategy, negotiated with suppliers, set up a call center, and hired and supervised the first team of sales agents and technicians.
Simon holds an MSc in management from ESSEC and an MRes from the Paris School of Economics, summa cum laude. He also studied development economics at UC Berkeley, as a visiting graduate student. He is a regular lecturer at HEC and Sciences Po Paris.