Simon Zadek

Chief Executive


Simon Zadek is Chief Executive of the non-profit organization AccountAbility. He is also currently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Government and Business of Harvard University's Kennedy School, and a Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa's Centre for Corporate Citizenship. Mr. Zadek sits on the International Advisory Board of Instituto Ethos, on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and is a Commissioner on the Clinton-Dahlerg Initiative on public sector effectiveness in leveraging private enterprise for development. He also co-Chairs the British Standard Institute's Technical Committee responsible for developing its Sustainability Standard. In 2003 he was named one the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow.

Simon's previous roles include Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Development Director of the New Economics Foundation, and founding Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative. He has served on numerous Boards and Advisory Councils, including the State of the World's Commission for Globalisation, the ILO's World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalisation, the UN Commission for Social Development Expert Group on CSR, and the founding Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative.

Focus: Business, Development, Globalization, Governance, Trade, United Kingdom, Europe

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Selected Publications:

Responsible Lobbying (2005).

The Civil Corporation: The New Economy of Corporate Citizenship (2001).

Responsible Competitiveness (2005) covers the impact of corporate responsibility on the competitiveness of nations.

Two Harvard Working Papers on the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in development and governance:

"Governing Partnership Governance: Enhancing Development Outcomes through Improved Partnership Governance and Accountability" (forthcoming 2006).

"The Logic of Collaborative Governance" (2005).

His Ph.D. thesis was published as The Economics of Utopia (1994).

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Last Updated: Oct 24, 2007

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