Simon O’Connell has been the Executive Director of Mercy Corps’ European entity and Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships since early 2015. An experienced and entrepreneurial development professional with almost two decades working in the international relief and development sector, he oversees a global portfolio of programs supported by Mercy Corps’ European partners.
Passionate about promoting equitable opportunity and catalyzing positive change, Mr. O'Connell's main areas of expertise are in setting strategy, leading teams and fostering partnerships, particularly new partnership models in fragile environments. Prior to his current role, he spent over four years as Mercy Corps Regional Director for West and Central Africa, managing an annual budget of over $70 million and supervising a team of more than 600. Earlier in his career, he held several country leadership positions and has worked in over 20 countries in Africa.
He attended the London School of Economics and Imperial College London