Simon is frequently teaching filmmaking and storytelling at Media & Journalism Schools like the Axel Springer Akademie or the Danish School for Media and Journalism as well as in the developing world in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe for various NGOs and served in the jury of the Reporterpreis and the Crossover Webdocumentary Festival. His film Cold at Home (co-produced with Poul Madsen) won the danish Picture of the Year for Long-form documentary.
Simon has a background in geography and social science, holding a diploma in that field, with a thesis on the perception of city spaces. Before that he had a career as a sponsored athlete in rock climbing over many years, that took him all over the world.
Currently Simon divides his time between assignments, teaching and consulting work, personal projects like Møn Sessions
, a music and storytelling project from the danish island of Møn, his work with the NGO Dreamtown
, developing a new form of NGO that holds storytelling in its core, and his research project Bridge the Gap, looking into how the stories we tell can make an audience care and connect with it.
Simon is based in Copenhagen, where he lives with his wife and two kids in an old farmhouse in the outskirts of the city.