Posted by Arab American Institute on March 01, 2017 in Blog
For the past two decades, Greg Simon has been instrumental in crafting landmark health and science policies that have moved our country forward with clarity and compassion. From his time in government through his work in the private sector, his efforts are a testament to his dedication to public service.
Mr. Simon began his career in the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where he handled issues relating to biotechnology and scientific misconduct. He went on to join then-Senator Al Gore’s staff as Legislative Director, later serving as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Gore in the White House. In that role, he oversaw and helped negotiate key U.S. policies, including the historic U.S.-Russian agreement on the International Space Station.
Mr. Simon’s determination to advance inspiring, life-saving, and revolutionary science led him from government to the private sector, and then back again. In 2003, Greg was selected to serve as founding President of FasterCures, overseeing key programs that developed rapid methods for sharing life-saving data and medicines for deadly and debilitating diseases. Keenly aware of the collaborative nature that underlies scientific development, he joined Pfizer in 2009 where he worked as a Senior Vice President and developed programs that created and strengthened partnerships with nonprofit research organizations.
For his unique ability to bridge the gap and encourage collaboration between the seemingly exclusive corporate and non-profit worlds, Mr. Simon was selected in 2016 by Vice President Biden to lead the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. A cancer survivor himself, Mr. Simon has dedicated himself to developing innovative solutions for one of the most pressing public health issues of our time. His forward-thinking approach to serving his country is why we are proud to present Greg Simon with the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service.
Greg Simon will be honored along with fellow Gibran awardees The Arc of the United States and Dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism Steve Coll at AAIF’s 19th annual Kahlil Gibran Gala. We hope you will join us too. Please purchase your tickets today.
19th Annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards
1000 H Street NW | Washington, D.C.
5:30 Reception | 6:30 Gala