Dr. Jon Simon is Chair of the Department of International Health, Director of the Center for Global Health & Development, and Professor of International Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health. He received his bachelor of science in conservation and resource studies and his master of public health from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Simon received his doctorate of science from the Harvard University School of Public Health, having completed dissertation research on the changing demography of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been involved in applied child health research activities for more than 20 years, working in more than twenty developing countries. Before joining Boston University, Dr. Simon was a Fellow of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). Dr. Simon has extensive experience working in Africa and South Asia, particularly on issues related to child survival, infectious diseases, and capacity strengthening. He has served in resident positions in Tanzania and Pakistan. He currently is involved in research evaluating the economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on sectors of the African economy and conducting evaluation research studies of interventions aimed at improving the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).