Mr. Simon OLSEN, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES

Simon is currently based in Japan as well as in IGES Regional Centre in Bangkok interchangeably, where he works as a senior policy researcher for IGES. Since 2010 he has researched and published papers on environmental governance, as well as institution building for cooperation on environment and sustainable development, both globally and regionally for Asia and the Pacific. He was a contributing author to UNEP’s Fifth Global Environmental Outlook Asia-Pacific, where he had the opportunity to co-author the Asia-Pacific chapter’s section on governance. Prior to working with IGES he spent three years working for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. There he was granted the opportunity to undertake capacity building on Green Growth policy tools. During that time he also helped draft Cambodia’s National Green Growth Roadmap. He was actively involved in the processes leading up to the Rio+20 conference, proposing emasures to strengthen international environmental governance as well as the institutional framework for sustainable development. He is now heaviliy involved in several research initiatives on the future sustainable development goals. Simon is interested in culture and languages. He has a Masters Degree in Southeast Asian Studies from University of Copenhagen and has taken additional postgraduate education on climate change impacts, and EU environmental management.