Gregory J. Simpson

Greg Simpson is the Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, DC. In this role, he manages democratic and free-market reform programs in 15 countries of the MENA region. During his time at CIPE, Simpson has directly managed CIPE programs and subgrants to partner organizations in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, and Bahrain. He has conducted training programs in strategic planning, organizational governance and management, membership development, and internal and external communication for business associations and other private sector organizations in MENA.

A veteran of the nonprofit sector with over twenty years of experience in strengthening democratic institutions, Simpson came to CIPE from the U.S. online political firm New Media Communications, where he focused on developing and managing the company’s international initiatives. Prior to New Media, Simpson worked at the International Republican Institute (IRI), where he held three successive country director posts in the Balkans. There he directed assistance programs in political party development, political communications, local governance, grassroots organization and mobilization, civil society development, public opinion research, and election observation. During this time, Simpson advised and trained hundreds of political activists and elected officials, including two of the region’s presidents. Before this, he held positions at the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and the Center for Civil Society in Southeastern Europe.

Simpson holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC and a certificate in nonprofit organization management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM).


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