Dr Simon Staffell

Associate Fellow


Dr Simon Staffell is a fellow at RUSI and a visiting Research Fellow at Kings College London. He is UK Government Affairs Director at Microsoft, where he works on a broad range of technology policy issues including artificial intelligence, safety and security and digital skills.

Simon previously served in the UK government, holding senior appointments in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office and Cabinet Office, and postings in Cairo and Washington DC.

Simon’s PhD in politics at Sheffield University, awarded in 2010, focussed on Terrorist Use of the Internet in Iraq. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Prior to joining government, Simon was a teacher.

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