What do Korea, whiskey, science policy, and the White House have in common?
Ian Simon has worked in Korea, on the Hill, and in the White House, where he bring virology into the policy world
Good morning my friends!
Today I get to have a great conversation with Ian Simon, a virologist turned science policy guru who has worked around the world to improve the way policymakers think about science and technology. Right after finishing grad school, Ian found himself plunging feet first into the world of Korean science, but he approached it with full force.
A whirlwind of time on the Hill and working to support the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) later, we sit down to talk about always taking the opportunity to say yes, and how he ended up an elected official representing 2,000 citizens of Washington, DC.
Ian is a great example of the joys of unexpected opportunities, and he lives a life of saying yes to new experiences. When it comes to science policy, I’m glad we have people like Ian in the mix.
And, fun fact, he used to work with Sara Carioscia!
I hope you enjoy the conversation!