Ben Simonds is a Senior Director at Climate Advisers and serves as the group’s the Director of Communications, where he designs and executes CA’s communications strategies and is working to grow its communications consulting practice.
Before joining Climate Advisers, Ben served as the Head of Communications for the Fijian COP23 Presidency, building a global communications apparatus to support Fiji’s recent leadership of the UN climate negotiations. Working closely with the Fijian Prime Minister, Ben led a comprehensive program that encompassed strategy, message development, speech writing, media engagement, branding, social media, website development and the deployment of a diverse array of campaign tactics. Through this work, Fiji succeeded both in emphasizing the human impacts of climate change, as well as infusing the negotiations with urgency and a renewed emphasis on building consensus through dialogue.
Prior to that, Ben helped direct Qorvis Communications’ operations in Europe, working with sovereign clients, intergovernmental organizations and corporations to shape opinions, manage crises, protect reputations, build support and advance policy.
Ben’s career began in Fiji, where he was a communications adviser to the government of Fiji for three years during a period of profound social, economic and constitutional transformation in the country.
Ben attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in history.