Simon C.Y. Wong is an independent adviser on corporate governance, institutional investment, and capital markets, and has served international organizations, regulatory bodies, consulting firms, and other institutions. In 2009, Simon assisted the OECD to develop corporate governance policy reform recommendations in response to the global financial crisis and subsequently contributed to its comparative reviews on boards of directors and institutional investors.
In addition, Simon is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also given lectures on corporate governance and sustainability at Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, Keio University, and other institutions.
Simon is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum of the World Bank Group, Latin American Taskforce on Related Party Transactions of the OECD, and Shareholder Affairs Committee of the National Association of Pension Funds (UK). Previously, he chaired the Shareholder Responsibilities Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network (2008-2010) and sat on the investment committees of the Association of British Insurers (2007-2009) and Eumedion (Netherlands) (2007-2013).
From 2009 to 2013, Simon was a part-time partner at investment firm Governance for Owners (GO), where his responsibilities included representing GO in public policy debates, leading/coordinating product development efforts, and contributing to investment and engagement activities in the European Focus Fund and Japan Engagement Fund/Consortium.
Previously, Simon was Head of Corporate Governance at Barclays Global Investors Limited (BGI). In this role, Simon oversaw the voting of client holdings at shareholder meetings and led engagement with boards of directors and senior management of investee companies on matters of strategy, performance, and corporate governance/sustainability.
Before joining BGI, Simon was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he served companies, governments, and non-profit/international organizations in developed and emerging markets on corporate governance, organization, strategy, and financial regulatory matters.
Simon started his professional career as a securities lawyer with Linklaters and Shearman & Sterling in London, and also served as Principal Administrator/Counsel at the OECD in Paris, where he focused on corporate governance, company law, and insolvency reform policy matters.
Simon is actively involved in policymaking debates and has contributed to various reform efforts and initiatives. In 2013, he testified before the UK House of Commons on The Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making. His writings have appeared in the McKinsey Quarterly, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review Online, International Financial Law Review, Reuters, and other publications.
Simon holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University and is admitted to the New York bar.