LAURENCE SIMON, PHD

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Laurence (Larry) Simon is Professor of International Development and Director of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability at Brandeis University. He was the Founding Director of the graduate programs in Sustainable International Development from 1993 to 2014 and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Planning at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management from 2003 until September 2009. Larry's research and teaching center on critical issues of social exclusion and emancipatory development. His current research focuses on psychological and cultural barriers to poverty reduction and on the role of social movements in development.

Dr. Simon founded the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) in 1984 and was its President until June 1989. He has collaborated with Israeli scientists Drs. Shlomo Navarro and Jonathan Donahaye, and the American disaster mitigation specialist, Frederick C. Cuny of Intertect, which resulted in sweeping innovation in the technology of emergency food relief and methods for on-farm and national grain storage. Simon directed the establishment and monitoring of UN World Food Programme field trials for elimination of losses of emergency grain en route to or in areas of famine. This work led to his founding of Grain Protection International, an NGO, for further R&D. Subsequently, Dr. Simon founded GrainPro Inc., which is today the leader in hermetic storage of durable grains eliminating chemical insecticides and the ozone-depleting fumigants mandated by the Montreal Protocol.

Larry earned his doctorate from Clark University, where he had previously received a Master's in International Development. His undergraduate degree was in philosophy at Queens College of the City University of New York. In 1997, the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) conferred upon him the Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.