Simon Maxwell is a development economist, who has worked internationally since 1970. He worked for ten years overseas, in Kenya, India and Bolivia, then for fifteen years at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, latterly as Programme Manager for Poverty, Food Security and the Environment. In 1997, Simon became Director of the Overseas Development Institute, the UK’s leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues. In 2009, he became a Senior Research Associate of the ODI. From 2001-5, Simon was President of the Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland. In 2007, he was made a CBE, for services to international development.