Simon Cohen is the Founder of Global Tolerance, a values-driven communications agency, which he set up aged 24. Over the next ten years, he worked with HH Dalai Lama, HRH The Prince of Wales, Desmond Tutu, Gandhi’s grandson, and generated media coverage for social issues reaching hundreds of millions of people. Global Tolerance was hired by TED to help launch the Charter for Compassion in 2008 and established the global partner network. Karen Armstrong later joined the Board of Advisors.
Simon grew the company to be worth £1m, but realised there were more riches in family life. In 2014, he hit the global headlines when he announced he was going to give away the company he founded – through a new exit strategy for entrepreneurs called an Open Leadership Exercise. An international keynote speaker and event host, Simon has spoken at the Cannes Lions, United Nations, World Economic Forum, and other global events. A staunch advocate for media ethics, social justice and values, Simon is a regular commentator in the international media, and has written for Newsweek, Washington Post, The Times, and The Guardian. For two years he was a regular Pause for Thought guest on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, the most popular broadcast show in the UK.
Simon is on the Faculty for Amani Institute and trains global social entrepreneurs on Marketing and Open Leadership. Simon is a member of the Global Brain Trust of Boma, the Board of Governors for We Are Family Foundation
, the Leadership Council for GreenHouse
::Innovation. He has received grants from UnLtd and the Millennium Awards Trust as a leading social entrepreneur; selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and was included in PRWeek’s Powerbook of the most influential people in the PR industry.