Prof. Simon Lord

Prof. Simon Lord
Chief Sustainability Officer
Prof. Simon Lord, 62, a British Citizen, was appointed as the Chief Sustainability Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDPB) on 21 November 2017 following the demerger of Sime Darby Group and the listing of SDPB.

He began his career in 1985 as a Management Trainee at Unilever PLC - Unilever Plantations Ltd, and rose through the ranks as Business Development Manager in 1996. He then joined New Britain Palm Oil Limited as Head of Technical Services from 1996 to 2004 and Head of Research from 2004 to 2007, and later moved to New Britain Plantation Services Pte. Ltd, Singapore as Group Director for Sustainability from 2007 to 2015.

He was also the Vice President/Executive Board Member of the Roundtable on Sustainability Palm Oil Board until 2012.

He was the Group Chief Sustainability Officer of Sime Darby Berhad (SDB), from 2015 until 2017. As the Group Chief Sustainability Officer, he was responsible for directing sustainability initiatives and implementing programmes to promote responsible and ethical production across the then SDB Group (including SDPB Group). He was also responsible for the then SDB Group’s environmental, social and governance reporting.

Presently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, a member of the industry Advisory Board for the University of Nottingham Business School and industry advisor Flex Crops and Commodities Supply Chain initiative (FLEXIS) Leeds University. He is also a member of the Procter & Gamble Palm External Advisory Panel, a Trustee of the Forest Conservation Trust, Earthworm Foundation, Geneva and a member of the Advisory Board of Rainforest Alliance Landscape Standard, Landscale. He is one of the founders of the Pongo Alliane, an alliance of the oil palm growers, businesses and NGOs working towards supporting and implementing projects. He was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Natural Capital and Biodiversity.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Biology from Lanchester (Coventry) Polytechnic, United Kingdom in 1980. He later obtained his PhD in Environmental Effects of Pesticides from the University of Bath, United Kingdom in 1986.
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