Simon focuses on the commercialization of new technologies within the data science and cybersecurity realms. His work has been lauded in over 20 media outlets across the globe, ranging from national radio, national newspapers, professional publications, trade publications, online publications and other forms of major media which have described him as “Australia’s top IT talent” and a “global innovator” whose “achievements and impact are extraordinary”. His accolades extend to government entities such as the US Citizenship & Immigration Service which awarded him the 'alien of extraordinary ability' designation for the purpose of granting US Permanent Residency.
Simon has over 15 years of progressive industry engagements that span:
Bridgewater Associates, a global macro investment management firm often cited as the world's biggest hedge fund in terms of assets, in which he led the next generation development of Bridgewater's most critical data gathering and processing systems;
Two Sigma Investments, a systematic investment management firm founded with the goal of applying cutting-edge technology to the data-rich world of finance, in which he focused on the development of new and improved computational methods for decisionmaking;
The Australian Government's National Broadband Network Initiative, a program tasked with designing, building, and operating a high-speed broadband internet access network across Australia, in which he focused on creating new technology solutions for treasury, finance, and accounting practices;
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Australia's largest bank and also the largest bank in the Southern Hemisphere, in which he focused on leading the creation of private wealth management data science tools and techniques which led to its private wealth management offering (Commonwealth Private) winning the Australian Private Banking Council Award for 4 years in a row;
Westpac Banking Corporation, Australia's second largest bank, in he joined the bank's internal consulting team to develop treasury managenent tooling, life insurance system modernization, and economic profitability modelling system to report economic profit across multiple domains; and
IBM, an American multinational technology company, focused on developing prototypes for an experimental online banking platform for a major retail bank and devising a revised just-in-time predictive stock capability for a national luxury department store.
Simon has held, and continues to hold, influential honorary appointments which include: academic adjudication appointments (e.g. Section Editor, Australiasian Journal of Information Systems), professional adjudication appointments (e.g. Senior Membership Elevation Panelist, IEEE), expert knowledge network appointments (e.g. Council Member, Gerson Lehrman Group), and research group appointments (e.g. Research Scholar, Ronin Institute).
Simon was elected a Sir Robert Gordon Menzies Scholar and went on to complete a Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering at Harvard University. During his time at Harvard, he cross-registered into Harvard Business School, recieved individual coaching at the Harvard Innovation Lab, consulted at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and was selected to participate in Harvard's Asia Leadership Program. Simon also holds a Bachelor of Information Technology with Distinction from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Commerce with Merit in Finance and Accounting from the University of Sydney Business School. Simon also holds a number of professional qualifications which include Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).
Having started his education and career in Australia, Simon has traveled to over 10 countries. He is looking forward to living in and exploring North America. In his spare time, Simon enjoys fine arts, travel, and collecting computer gadgets.