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Simon Gimson

Vice President for Operations and Chief Operating Officer

Crisis Group Role

Simon Gimson is Vice President for Operations and Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for leading and managing Crisis Group's day-to-day operations, including its field work and corporate services.

Professional background

Simon Gimson was formerly Chief of Staff of the Commonwealth Secretary-General and later Political Director at the Commonwealth Secretariat.

He is a former New Zealand diplomat with postings in Papua New Guinea and France, prior to which he managed official aid programmes for micro-states in the South Pacific. He was also Press Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has at other times been Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Representative to the International Vine and Wine Organisation, and Special Assistant to The Queen’s Private Secretary.