Simon Burall


Simon Burall – Director

Simon Burall is the Director of Involve. He has long and extensive experience in the fields of democratic reform, governance, public participation, stakeholder engagement, and accountability and transparency. He has worked at the national level in Africa, Asia and Europe as well as on related issues of global governance and democracy.

In addition to his role with Involve, Simon is also the Chair of Democratic Audit, an Ambassador for WWF UK and Head of Dialogue at the ScienceWise Expert Resource Centre.

Before moving to Involve Simon was a Research Fellow at ODI from 2006 – 2009. His interests included stakeholder engagement in the reform of the international aid delivery system and how to make development finance more effective. Prior to this he was the Executive Director of the One World Trust from 1999 – 2005 where he initiated and oversaw the development of the influential Global Accountability Index. Before joining the Trust, Simon re-established the UK volunteer network for AFS, an organisation based in Leeds co-ordinating intercultural exchange visits. Simon has taught both science and English in Namibia and Zimbabwe and was an election monitor in Bosnia Herzegovina in 1997.

Relevant publications include:

Andersson, E., Burall, S. and Fennell, E. (2010) Talking for a Change: a distributed dialogue approach to complex issues, London, Involve

Arasaratnam, R., Burall, S., Moens, L., and Lawson, A. (2007) Study on Measuring the Efficiency of Programme Based Approaches, London, National Audit Office

Burall, S., Donnelly, B. and Weir, S. (2006) Not in Our Name; Democracy and Foreign Policy in the UK, London, Politicos

Burall, S., Scott, A.,Highton, N. and Wong, K. (2008) Assessing Multilateral Organisation Effectiveness, London, ODI

Burall, S., White, J. and Blick, A. (2009) Donor Accountability Structures and Aid Effectiveness: The Impact of U.S. and UK Legislatures on Aid Delivery, Washington DC, German Marshall Fund

Gavelin, K., Burall, S. and Wilson, R. (forthcoming) Open Government: beyond static measures, Paris, OECD

Kovach, H., Neligan, C. and Burall, S. (2003) Global Accountability Report: Power without Accountability, London, One World Trust

Rand, N. and Burall, S. (2009) Looking Beyond Copenhagen: Understanding citizens’ views of climate change, London, Involve