He is also a Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in Beijing, Senior Fellow at the Global Green Growth Institute and the International Institute of Sustainable Development, and Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Academy of Business in Society. He is on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and was Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University, Senior Visiting Fellow at Harvard`s JK Kennedy School of Government and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School, and Honorary Professor at the University of Southern Africa. Simon has a Phd in economics from the University of London, a MSc. Econ (London School of Economics) and a BSc. Honours Economics (University of Bristol). Simon was selected to be a `Global Leader for Tomorrow` by the World Economic Forum in 2003 and has been a regular participant at WEF`s annual Davos meeting. He founded and was until 2009 Chief Executive of the international think tank, AccountAbility, and before that Development Director of the New Economics Foundation.
China is making moves to become a nation more concerned with the environment and human rights. And the country's success, indeed its very survival, depends on these fragmented developments cohering into a powerful transformation of its economy.
Predictions for next year, left to their own devices, look pretty bleak. Last month, Christine Lagarde warned of a 1930s meltdown in the global economy. So my wish is that we declare 2012 the year of the unreasonable, establish an unreasonable list and set ourselves some ridiculously ambitious goals.
Great business leaders who embrace tomorrow's sustainable markets need to move out of their comfort zone. Chief executives with business models in mind that can profit from environmentally bounded markets should focus post-Durban on what to do about their backward-looking peers.
Durban must move beyond demands for a drip-fed plan A. It must embrace an ambitious plan B rooted in communities' interests in having jobs, income and food on the table. With this in mind, new financing mechanisms must focus on mobilizing driving international co-operation.
Messing around with markets, such as by introducing taxes, distorts them, makes them less efficient, and delivers poorer results. A financial transactions tax, following this logic, will constrain transactions that would otherwise optimize financial markets, increase volatility.
The annual Chinese-hosted World Economic Forum Summer Davos, took place recently in a rainy Dalian, which is recovering from citizen demonstrations linked to toxic leaks from a centrally placed chemic...
Who is listening to the folks camping out in downtown Manhattan? President Obama should call out the root cause of his shortcomings at the polls, but is otherwise engaged in retaining Wall Street support for his re-election campaign. And what of us, informed and active, democracy-loving citizens?