Simon Anholt is an independent policy advisor who works with the Heads of State, Heads of Government and administrations of nations, cities and regions worldwide to develop and implement strategies for enhanced economic, political and cultural engagement with other countries.
These strategies are typically in the areas of economic competitiveness, public diplomacy, cultural policy and cultural relations, national identity and reputation, educational policy, regional integration, export promotion, tourism, foreign direct investment, security and defence, immigration and related areas of social policy, language policy, sustainability, talent attraction and major international events.
Simon Anholt was a Vice-Chairman of the UK Foreign Office’s Public Diplomacy Board between 2000 and 2009, and has advised the governments of more than 50 other countries including Austria, Chile, Croatia, Finland, Latvia, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, the Faroe Islands, Jamaica, South Korea, Poland, Scotland, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Iceland, Botswana, Germany, the Baltic Sea Region, Bhutan, Mexico, Ecuador, New Zealand, Switzerland and Slovenia, as well as numerous cities and regions.
Anholt has also advised institutions including the UN World Tourism Organisation, the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, NATO, the United Nations, WIPO, the International Trade Centre, the International Olympic Committee, the International Security Assistance Force, the World Travel and Tourism Council, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies and the World Technology Network.
Simon Anholt devised the concept of nation brand in 1996 and today continues to lead the highly acclaimed Nation Branding Masterclass series, supported by BBC Worldwide, in London, Dubai, Singapore, Delhi and Accra. He is the founder and publisher of the annual Anholt Nation Brands Index, Anholt City Brands Index and Anholt State Brands Index, three major surveys which use a panel of over 20,000 people in 25 countries to monitor global perceptions of 50 countries, 50 cities and the 52 States of the Union.
Anholt is the author of the best-selling book, Another One Bites The Grass, and Editor of the quarterly journal, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. His book on the role of brands in economic development, Brand New Justice, was first published in 2003. He is a co-author of Beyond Branding(Kogan Page 2003), Brands and Branding(The Economist 2003), Heritage and Identity – Shaping the Nations of the North(Donhead 2002) and Destination Marketing (Butterworth Heinemann 2001/2003/2009). His more recent books are Brand America, (Cyan Books 2004 and 2009); Competitive Identity: the New Brand Management for Nations, Cities and Regions, (Palgrave Macmillan 2007); and Places: Image, Identity and Reputation (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).
Simon Anholt has a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford and is a Parliamentarian of the European Cultural Parliament. He was awarded the Nobels Colloquia Prize for Economics in Trieste in 2009 and the Prix d'Excellence du Forum Multiculturel pour un Développement Durable(Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development), at the 7th Multicultural Forum at the Palais de la Découverte, Paris, in 2010. He is a member of the organising committee of the Anglo-Dutch Apeldoorn Conference and was appointed an Honorary Professor in Political Science by the University of East Anglia in 2013.
MA (Oxford University). Honorary Professor of Political Science, University of East Anglia. Guest lectures at Warsaw School of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Ljubljana University, Copenhagen Business School, Cranfield School of Management, London Business School, London University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Diplomatic Academy of Romania, Diplomatic Academy of Croatia, McGill University Montréal, Reykjavik University, Cass Business School London, Queen Mary College University of London, Global Leadership Lecture 2010 Macquarie University Sydney. Course founder: Estacio de Sá University, Rio de Janeiro. Advanced course (2011-12) in international relations and security studies at Royal College of Defence Studies, London.
Founder and Editor Emeritus, Journal of Place Brand and Public Diplomacy (Palgrave Journals)
Guest Editor (2003), Nation Branding Special Issue Journal of Brand Management (Henry Stewart). Editorial Board Member (since 2006): Journal of Brand Management (Palgrave). Editorial Board Member (since 2008): Public Diplomacy (University of Southern California).