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Tobby Simon is the President of Synergia Foundation, a think tank that works closely with industry, polity and academia to establish leading edge practices through applied research in the domains of geo politics, risk management and security analysis.
Mr. Simon has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Simon has over two decades of senior management experience in the international business covering broad disciplines including commercial, supply chain management, manufacturing, regulatory, marketing and international business. His success in the industry won him accolades, including the National Certificate of Merit for Exports from Government of India in 1992. He started his career with Hoechst Roussel and at the age of 31, became the President of a European Pharma conglomerate. Mr. Simon subsequently worked pro bono for Nobel Prize winner, Medicines Sans Frontier to validate manufacturing facilities and procure less expensive anti-retroviral drugs from India. He has also been an advisor to several international organizations such as The World Health Organization and The European Union.
Mr. Simon is currently developing a global template on ‘Supply Chain and Risk Management’ Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. The study aims at providing a deeper understanding of global challenges to help leverage business continuity and better understand the vulnerabilities of supply chain networks with a multi disciplinary focus.
Mr. Simon has been instrumental in building research collaborations with several world-class academic institutes, including - Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Cambridge University and University of Nottingham; the National Centre for Biological Sciences, the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, the Indian Institute of Management and The China European International School.
Mr. Simon is a member of the International Council of the Belfer Centre of Science and Technology at The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Regional Director of Harvard Business School’s Health Care Industry Alumni Association. Mr. Simon is also a board member of the Global Public Policy of World Information Technology Services and Alliance, the apex body of all ICT Industries.
Mr. Simon has been a speaker at various global public policy conferences, including: World Trade Organization - Geneva, Global Public Policy of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John F Kennedy School of Government, Council for Foreign Relations, Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Science, the Herzliya Conference and the National Institute of Advanced Studies.
Mr. Simon is currently pursuing his Ph.D. on International Security at the National Institute of Advanced Studies and is a Special Professor at the School of Management in the University of Nottingham.