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Simon White

Specialist in entrepreneurship and public policy


Born in Perth Australia

Simon White is a development specialist with expertise in private sector development, entrepreneurship, business environment reform, innovation, and regional and local economic development. He has proven experience in working at local, national and international levels in policy design and evaluation, programme development and management, as well as in strategic planning and organisational development. He has worked as a self-employed consultant since 1990 in over 25 countries across Africa, Australia, Asia, as well as parts of Europe and the Pacific. His clients include international development agencies, donor agencies, national governments, local government authorities, business membership organisations, consulting and research firms, and non-governmental organizations.

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simon@saideas.com

M: +27 83 244 1777


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Business Address

Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa


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Current Position(s)

Director | Harakat, the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility
Kabul, Afghanistan | 2011 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Harakat, the Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility is a USD 50 million facility supporting the reform of the investment climate and business environment in Afghanistan.


Visiting Adjunct Professor | LINK (Learning, Information, Networking and Knowledge) Centre, | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2009 - present

Academia, Education and Training

The University of the Witwatersrand’s LINK (Learning, Information, Networking and Knowledge) Centre, a leading South African teaching and consultancy institution in the ICT sector, has engaged Simon to assist in winning and delivering research and consultancy projects. In addition, he provides academic advice and supervision to students undertaking a 50 percent research-based Masters of Management in ICT Policy and Regulation at the Graduate School of Public Development Management.


Managing Director | Southern African IDEAS (Pty.) Ltd.
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1994 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Southern African IDEAS (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) is a consulting firm founded in Namibia in 1993 and now based in Johannesburg providing consulting advice in private sector development, business environment reform, regional and local economic development, and job creation.


Previous Position(s)

Director | IDEAS (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies)
Perth, Australia | 1990 - 2002

Consulting and Project Management

Co-founding director of IDEAS (now known as The IDEAS Bank), a consulting firm providing advice on enterprise and employment development.


Project officer | Strathclyde Community Business Ltd.
Glasgow, United Kingdom | 1988 - 1988

Social Development and Community Services

Attachment to Strathclyde Community Business Ltd., the largest single resource agency for community enterprises in the United Kingdom. Involved in the study of community enterprises and their development, the evaluation of training programs, development work in specific housing estates and the preparation of resource material for development workers.


Programme Officer | Government of Western Australia
Perth, Australia | 1986 - 1990

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Department of Regional Development and the North West (1988-1990: Actively engaged in development work with all levels of government, private sector organisations and a variety of community groups, including aboriginal communities; and undertook development work in the establishment and management of community-based enterprise agencies and a range of other local development initiatives.

Department of Employment and Training (1986-1988): Responsible for generating new job opportunities through economic and business development.
Was instrumental in the establishment of a number of local enterprise agencies, community enterprises and other local enterprise strategies and worked across the state of Western Australia.

Educational history

Secondary

City Beach High School, Perth, Australia (1978)

Tertiary

University of Western Australia

Perth, Australia | 2000 - 2005

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) - Politics

Thesis title: Globalisation, the nation-state and the politics of development in peripheral regions
Key themes: institutions for economic development, role of the nation state, political economy of development, local economic development

Murdoch University

Perth, Australia | 1989 - 1992

Master of Arts (Science and Technology Policy) - Science and Technology Policy

Murdoch University, Institute of Science and Technology Policy : Masters of Arts (Science and Technology Policy), Murdoch University; major focus on local economic development and development of the informal sector

Curtain University

Perth, Australia | 1980 - 1984

Bachelor of Social Work - Community Development

Achievements

Academic Achievements

Report on SME Observatories | 2011

Prepared a report for the International Labour Organization on the roles, structure and activities of SME Observatories.

Policy, legal and regulatory environment for small enterprise employment | 2001

Booklet for the International Labour Organization introducing the policy, legal and regulatory environment for small enterprise employment

Enabling small enterprise development through a better business environment; | 2002

White, S. & J. Chacaltana (2002) Enabling small enterprise development through a better business environment; Donor experiences in supporting reforms in the business environment, Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

Policies for small enterprises; creating the right environment for good jobs | 2004

Reinecke, G. & S. White (2004) Policies for small enterprises; creating the right environment for good jobs, International Labour Organization, Geneva (ISBN92-2-113724-4)

Report: A Conceptual Framework to Guide Research on Private Sector Development in Developing Countries, | 2007

White, S. (2007) A Conceptual Framework to Guide Research on Private Sector Development in Developing Countries, International Development Research Centre

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