Simon Hunt is a development economist. In mid-2019 he stepped down after 10 years as OPM’s CEO. Before that, he worked as the Director of OPM’s work on evidence, poverty, and social policy for 13 years.
He has been both an academic at Oxford University for 10 years and a policy consultant with OPM for the following 24 years. In that time, he has led more than 50 research surveys, policy studies, evaluations, and programmes supporting national rollout of new public services in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Simon’s original motivation came from living and working for two years with Harijans and Tribals (Scheduled Castes and Tribes) in a cluster of very poor villages in Central South India.