Simon Lau

Associate Fellow and Entrepreneurship Expert

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Executive Education Centre
Egrove Park


Simon is a seasoned leadership and organisational development professional, with over twenty years' experience in corporate and consulting roles.

He works with leaders and management teams to help them become clear about their identity and create strategies and actions for sustainable impact in a world of distraction and noise. Simon specialises in creating stillness and space to develop leadership which is contextual, relational and connected. He is also passionate about using human-centred design in executive education to accelerate problem solving and build cultures of innovation.

He has enjoyed an international career working in financial services and consulting firms to align people to strategy through capability identification, assessment and leadership and organisational development. Most recently, he was the Group Head of Leadership and Team Effectiveness for Technology and Retail Banking at Standard Chartered Bank.

Prior to this, Simon held a variety of roles in Merrill Lynch, Hewitt Associates, Korn Ferry and HSBC. This has enabled him to offer evocative perspectives through multiple lenses, including his own cross-cultural heritage and experience of working in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

Simon has a BA(Hons) in Management and Psychology from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Organisational Psychology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and a Certificate in Advanced Professional Practice in Gestalt Group Dynamics. He is an associate fellow and chartered occupational psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Alongside his associate fellow role, Simon is also an entrepreneurship expert.

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