Tony Simons
The World Agroforestry Centre



Tony Simons is the director general of the World Agroforestry Centre. He has worked for 27 years on issues at the tropical agriculture/forestry interface in more than 40 developing countries. This has spanned the private sector (Shell Forestry), academia (University of Oxford), official development assistance (ODA/DFID) and research (CGIAR). He holds a B.Ag.Sci degree from Massey University, NZ as well as ,asters and doctoral degrees from Cambridge University, UK.


In 2009, he was made an honorary professorship in Tropical Forestry at the University of Copenhagen. Tony is a board member of Africa Centre Technology Studies, Plant Resources of Tropical Africa, DANONE Livelihood Fund and DCM International Imaging. He is also the Leader of IUFRO Forest and Water Task Force. He has published over 100 research papers and has sat on several journal editorial boards. His interests span the seven major research themes of ICRAF encompassing: tree germplasm; agroforestry systems; tree product marketing and extension; land health; climate change; environmental services and policies; and tropical forest margins. He is passionate about the transformative and profitable change that the private sector can bring to development.








Articles by Tony Simons

  • Tony Simons

    NexThought Monday: How Africa’s prosperity can grow … from trees

    if Africa hopes to sustain its impressive economic growth and reign in the impacts of climate change, the continent needs to leverage agroforestry’s dual economic and environmental benefits on a larger scale. Attendees of the World Economic Forum on Africa this past week know that the continent’s economic success depends on private sector participation. But corporations also have a major role to play in boosting the continent’s economy and solving the world’s forestry woes through the field of agroforestry.

    Agriculture, Environment
    rural development
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