Simon Reddy directs the preventing ocean plastics project, an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean. Previously, he led the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s work in the United Kingdom, part of a larger initiative with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022.
Before joining Pew, he worked in senior positions in international policy and advocacy, including executive director of the Global Ocean Commission, an independent initiative made up of 17 leaders from around the world. Reddy was also executive director of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, where his efforts focused on building a global network of cities committed to addressing climate change. Earlier in his career, he worked for Greenpeace in a variety of roles.
Reddy has a bachelor’s degree in ecology from City of London Polytechnic and a master’s in marine and fisheries biology from the University of Aberdeen.