Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson joined the board in 2018. He currently serves on the Finance Committee and Investment Advisory Committee.

Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) professor of entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is also head of the Global Economics and Management group and chair of the Sloan Fellows MBA Program Committee. He co-founded and currently leads the popular Global Entrepreneurship Lab (GLAB) course – over the past 17 years, MBA students in GLAB have worked on more than 500 projects with start-up companies around the world.

Other current courses include Viral Political Action, Public Policy and the Private Sector, and the Global Business of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He also runs a weekly seminar on the development and application of blockchain technology. He works closely with MIT students and others who want to build better companies.

Simon is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC, and a member since inception of the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. He also belongs to the Financial Research Advisory Committee of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research (OFR), and the independent Systemic Risk Council. He was previously (2007-08) chief economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Simon holds a BA in economics and politics from the University of Oxford, an MA in economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in economics from MIT.

Simon and his wife, Mary Kwak, have lived in DC for 14 years. They have two daughters: Celia '21 and Lucie (currently in 7th grade at Norwood School). Simon was previously on the board of Norwood School for six years, including four years as treasurer and member of the executive committee.


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