Executive Secretary, Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 11:30 am – Noon
Project SAM Marijuana Education Summit: International Policy
Ambassador Paul Simons, MBA, assumed the position of Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States in September 2011 following a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. diplomatic service. At the State Department, Ambassador Simons held a series of senior positions in Latin American affairs, international narcotics and law enforcement policy, and international energy and economic policy. He also served as a faculty advisor at the National Defense University and a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. He has served as U.S. Ambassador to Chile and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy and Sanctions. Previously, as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, he managed more than $1 billion in annual resources supporting U.S. drug control and police training programs worldwide. During this period, Ambassador Simons secured supplementary funding to support Colombia’s democratic security initiative (under Plan Colombia), to relaunch the Colombia aerial interdiction program, and to initiate a border security program with Mexico. During this period, Ambassador Simons served as U.S. Commissioner to CICAD, testified regularly before Congress on U.S. drug programs in the hemisphere, and maintained close contact with media and civil society groups. Ambassador Simons holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a MBA in finance from New York University.