John Simon, a leader in promoting private investment in low-income countries, recently joined the Center for Global Development as a visiting fellow after serving in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as the United States Representative to the African Union. Prior to that appointment, John was the executive vice president of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). At OPIC, John spearheaded efforts to promote private investment to the developing world, including the creation of new private equity funds focused on social impact investment in Africa. He previously served at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for relief, stabilization and development on the National Security Council (NSC) staff and at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as deputy assistant administrator overseeing the agency’s development information and evaluation units. Earlier in his career, he worked at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and for the Commonwealth of Mass. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and a master’s degree from Harvard University.