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Simon Lee

Simon Lee is the lead consultant for Itad’s work with corporate clients. He has 12 years’ experience working across sectors to promote sustainable and inclusive development.

Simon joined Itad in 2019 from Forum for the Future, an international non-profit specialising in systems change for sustainability. There he worked with leading companies including Aviva Investors, Kingfisher and M&S on their sustainability strategies and programmes, covering themes such as the circular economy, regenerative agriculture and community-based social enterprise.

Simon was based in South East Asia from 2014 to 2017, and before that worked as a research consultant focusing on housing, regeneration and social inclusion in communities across the UK. He has an MA International Political Economy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Research.

Nationality: British
Languages: English (native), German (basic), Russian (basic), Cantonese (basic)
Country Experience:

China, Hong Kong, Ukraine, United Kingdom


2005 - 2007
Post Graduate Diploma in Social Research
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2002 - 2003
MA International Political Economy
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
1999 - 2002
BA (Hons) Economics (Major) with Politics
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK


2019 - present
Principal Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2017 - 2019
Principal Strategist
Forum for the Future
Supporting and challenging companies to develop and activate ambitious sustainability strategies. Using futures techniques and deep insight into the dynamic external context to align commercial drivers with societal needs.
2014 - 2017
Senior Manager, Sustainable Business HK Programme
Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Designed and implemented programme strategy, workstreams and collaboration platforms; convened and launched Zero Waste Alliance of Restaurants HK to develop collaborative solutions. Analytical reports including business guidance on the SDGs.
Senior Project Manager
CSR Asia
Sustainability reporting for organisations including MTR Corporation and Airport Authority HK. Strategic business insights through stakeholder and C-suite engagement, research and events.
2010 - 2013
Research & Business Development Manager, Marketplace Sustainability
Business in the Community
Led the responsible supply chain workstream, advising on corporate strategies and sharing insight at conferences and events. Supported companies to map implications of global megatrends and delivered research on the capacity of business to positively influence consumer behaviours.
2007 - 2010
Consultant, Regeneration & Economic Development
ECOTEC Research & Consulting (now ECORYS)
Delivered programme evaluations for clients including Communities and Local Government, the Big Lottery Fund and Westminster City Council. Assessed grant applications for government funding.
2005 - 2007
Research Analyst
Outside UK
Quantitative and qualitative research for local authorities and regional development agencies.


  • Community Business in 2030 – How could entrepreneurial communities contribute to a thriving economy and civil society? (2018)
    Forum for the Future, Power to Change

  • Integrating the SDGs into Business (2015)
    Sustainable Business HK

  • Engaging and developing young talent for the future workforce (2015)
    Sustainable Business HK

  • Bridging the disconnect between Hong Kong youth and the business world (2015)
    South China Morning Post

  • Social Media and Sustainability (2014)
    CSR Asia

  • Influencing Consumer Behaviour (2011)
    Business in the Community, The Marketing Society