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Simon Collard-Wexler

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First Secretary for Political Affairs
Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, New York
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Simon is Deputy Director for Human Rights at Global Affairs Canada (GAC). He has worked with GAC in a variety of roles and at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York, as well as the International Policy Institute at King's College London, the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.

Simon is Deputy Director for Human Rights at Global Affairs Canada. Previously, he served at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York and other policy roles at Global Affairs Canada working on NATO affairs, Afghanistan, continental defense, and nonproliferations and disarmament. He completed his PhD in Political Science at Columbia University in New York City where he wrote his dissertation on violent resistance to foreign occupations. While completing his graduate studies, Simon was a pre-doctoral fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. At Columbia University, he also conducted research on civil war termination with the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), and undertook fieldwork in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the International Rescue Committee. Prior to his career in government, he worked with the International Policy Institute at King's College London, the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. He received an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science at McGill University and Sciences-Po Paris. Outside work and school, he is a poor skier, a lousy sailor, a terrible runner, and an amateur photographer.