Joni Simpson

Ms Joni Simpson is a Senior Specialist on Gender, Equality and Non-Discrimination at the International Labour Organization (ILO) based in Bangkok, Thailand. She was ILO’s Global Coordinator and Specialist in Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Entrepreneurship Education in Geneva for seven years. Her current work focuses on women and youth in relation to entrepreneurship development and entrepreneurship education. Her work aims at supporting the inclusion of marginalized populations in society.

In her current role, she provides technical guidance and supports on gender equality, non-discrimination and women’s economic empowerment approaches to ILO constituents and partners for policies and programmes relating to jobs and entrepreneurship. She sits on an Expert Committee for the Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard.  

Over and above her work at the ILO, she has more than ten years of experience in Community Economic Development and Community Credit micro finance, working on building accessible and adapted resources and advocating for inclusive services in Entrepreneurship Development.  Ms Simpson holds a Master's degree in Cultural anthropology in addition to an Education degree.