Mr Simon Blagden CBE


Mr Simon Blagden is Vice-Chairman of the British Italian Conservatives & Industry Chair for the All Party Political Group (APPG) for ICT. He has 30 years of business experience in the IT and Telecoms industry, initially at GEC where he was an International Commercial Manager. In 2005, he was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe, a post he held for 14 years. Simon was appointed MBE in 1997 for services to export and was appointed CBE in 2016 for services to the economy.

Mr Blagden has been one of the first supporters of the charity. In addition to being one of the main donors, he has always been actively involved and has supported the Foundation’s events.

In particular, he took part in promoting the Esharelife Annual Christmas Gala for the past three years. Because of his remarkable support and commitment to the foundation, Esharelife appointed Mr Blagden as one of its Ambassadors. 

Here is an interview that Mr Blagden released in the occasion of the third Esharelife Annual Christmas Gala.

Mr Simon Blagden CBE at the Esharelife Annual Christmas Gala in December 2019

As Mr Blagden points out: ” the impulsive education is at the base of everything. Unless young people come through schools and have the education, they can’t go on to forge careers. Now, we can see that, particularly in Africa, the continent is going to grow and grow, and there’s going to be a requirement for well-educated and well-motivated people to run their businesses down there. This is where it starts, it’s really important that every child has access to good, basic education to start with, as a foundation for their life.”