Simon Maxwell

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Member, Scientific Advisory Board for EU Development Policy


Simon is a Member of the European Commission's Scientific Advisory Board for EUEuropean Union development policy which was launched in Brussels in February 2012. The Board will provide cutting edge research and share the ideas of some of the most eminent experts in the sector. It is made up of eight international academics with expertise in development issues and will meet a couple of times a year to discuss key topics of development policy.

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Trustee of the Fairtrade Foundation

Simon has been a Trustee of the Fairtrade Foundation since 2008.  As such he serves on their Board of Trustees and is both a Charitable Trustee and a Company Member.

The Foundation’s mission is to work with businesses, community groups and individuals to improve the trading position of producer organisations in the South and to deliver sustainable livelihoods for farmers, workers and their communities by: being a passionate and ambitious development organisation committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade; using certification and product labelling, through the FAIRTRADE Mark, as a tool for our development goals; bringing together producers and consumers in a citizens’ movement for change; and being recognised as the UK’s leading authority on Fairtrade

Deputy Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Assistance

Simon has been working with the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Assistance since 2008; first as Chair, now as Deputy Chair.

The Council's vision is that humanitarian assistance become increasingly embedded in locally owned and managed programmes. These will identify and manage risk, allow prompt reaction to emergencies of whatever kind, and make an effective link to recovery, rehabilitation and further risk reduction. This virtuous spiral can only be constructed if all actors work together. A special role exists for business, both international and local, working in new partnerships. But a global initiative is needed to support all actors, sharing knowledge and resources, and putting the finance and technology in place. The humanitarian need will inevitably remain. But we can mobilize to make it less of a burden for the people involved and for our collective conscience.

Policy Advisory Council Member for the Institute for Public Policy Research

ippr's Policy Advisory Council was established to draw on a wide pool of highly talented individuals to provide intellectual vitality and advice to the organisation. Simon has served on the Council since 2009.

ippr has established itself as one of the most influential think tanks in British politics. Its research and policy ideas have helped shape the progressive thinking that is now the political centre ground since 1988. Its work has always been driven by a belief in the importance of fairness, democracy and sustainability. And now, at a time of economic and political crisis, it is using radical thinking to take this agenda forward.

Working with all parties and from all parts of the United Kingdom, ippr prides itself on its independence and influence across political divides. Best known for its influential work in Whitehall and Westminster, they work now in more than 25 countries around the world and have pioneered think tank research and engagement in local communities.

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