Simone is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP) – an independent, non-profit, non-political organisation established by GAP in July 2017.
ICDP encourages and facilitates dialogue, discussions and better relationships between current and emerging Pacific and Australian leaders in government, civil society and the private sector on common challenges. It is currently implementing Pacific Connect – a two-year pilot program announced by Prime Minister Turnbull at the 48th Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa on 8 September 2017.
Simone is a senior executive with over twenty years’ experience in the Australian Public Service across a number of challenging portfolios, including the Departments of Finance and Human Services. Her roles included oversight of the delivery of a new Digital Payments Platform; provision of strategic advice to Ministers; driving Public Sector Reform and the digital transformation agenda; and management of whole of government contracts totaling over $1 billion annually across 130 departments and agencies.