Simon Sharpe

Industrial Strategy: Affordable Energy and Clean Growth at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Industrial Strategy: Affordable Energy and Clean Growth
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Simon Sharpe is currently working on Industrial Strategy with a particular focus on affordable energy and clean growth.

Between September 2013 and February 2016, Simon Sharpe was Head of the Climate Risk Team, and then Head of Climate Strategy and Communications, at the FCO. He was responsible for developing the FCO’s assessment of climate change risks to international security and economic prosperity; leading international cooperation on climate change risk assessment (including through the G7, and in partnership with experts in the US, China and India); and overseeing climate diplomacy with the US, China and India. He represented the FCO on the UK delegation to approve the Summary for Policymakers of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change Impacts Adaptation and Vulnerability.

Previously, Simon was Second Secretary, Political, British High Commission, New Delhi (2010-13), responsible for developing UK-India cooperation on counter-terrorism, cyber security, and East Asia regional security issues; First Secretary, Political, EU Delegation to China (2009-10), responsible for leading EU engagement with China on nuclear non-proliferation, human rights, and development cooperation in Africa (following a period at the British Embassy, Beijing (2007-08); and Desk Officer, Sanctions Team, International Organisations Dept. (2005-07).

Earlier in his career, Simon was an Assistant Manager, Infrastructure and Government Department, KPMG (2002-05), responsible for carrying out statutory audits on companies in the property, construction, transport and health industries. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Manchester.

  • In news articles

    How can buildings be made more efficient in combatting carbon emissions?

    In the second of the 2016 seminar series, Simon Sharpe (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and Professor Ian Leslie (Cambridge Computer Laboratory) discussed how the risks of climate change are communicated, and how buildings could be made to be more efficient in combatting carbon emissions.