Simon Gill is Acting Executive Director at ODI and has over thirty years’ experience working in international development and public financial management in numerous countries across Africa and Asia. Since joining ODI in 2012, Simon’s work has focused on strengthening budget processes in fragile and conflict-affected states working with finance ministries, principally in sub-Saharan Africa.
Before taking up the Acting Executive Director role in January 2019, Simon supervised a variety of ODI’s programmes encompassing Poverty, Economics and Sustainability. He was also Head of the Public Finance and Institutions Programme, and Director of the Budget Strengthening Initiative.
Before joining ODI, Simon spent 19 years working in senior roles at the UK Department for International Development, in public financial management advisory and technical assistance as well as a series of corporate roles, latterly as DFID’s Acting Head of Finance after having been Head of Programmes in Tanzania.
Prior to his time with DFID, Simon worked in PFM advisory and training roles for four years with the Ministry of Agriculture in Lao PDR, and five years with the Ministry of Finance in Lesotho. Simon holds a BSc in Economics and Accounting and an MBA, and is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).