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OEB speaker Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Chief Learning Officer, Novartis, Switzerland

Simon Brown is Chief Learning Officer for Novartis, a leading global medicine company based in Switzerland that is reimaging medicine. He is also author of the Amazon-bestselling book ‘The Curious Advantage’ and co-host of the popular podcast series.
Simon is leading the strategy for Novartis to ‘Go Big on Learning’ in support of the company-wide culture transformation to become ‘Inspired, Curious, and Unbossed’.

In 2020, Simon and the Novartis team received recognition by being awarded with the Chief Learning Officer Gold Award for Learning Strategy, building on Simon’s previous Silver Award for his learning transformation work at Lloyds Banking Group. In 2021, Novartis’ commitment to learning was recognised in the ATD BEST Awards as the #3 company globally, for success in talent development.

Before Novartis and Lloyds, he led the UK Learning Strategy offering at Accenture, and co-founded one of the UK's leading e-Learning companies, BrightWave. He has worked with leading global organizations including Microsoft, HSBC, Barclays, BP, Canon and PwC.

Simon is also Vice-Chair of Hult EF Advisory Council, and a Member of World Economic Forum Chief Learning Officer Community, Cornerstone Executive Advisory Council, NIIT Customer Advisory Board, Gartner’s L&D Leadership Board and a Venture Partner for Emerge Education.