Simon Marsh

Coordinator Southern and East Africa / Senior Investigation Specialist

Simon Marsh is a Senior Investigation Specialist at the Basel Institute’s International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR). He has been leading ICAR’s work in Kenya since 2014, supporting domestic law enforcement agencies to recover illicit assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Working hand in hand with investigators and prosecutors on complex cases of financial crime, he provides training, mentoring and strategic legal and policy advice, with a focus on regional and international cooperation.

As of 2021, as Coordinator Outreach and Regional Programmes Southern and East Africa, Simon leads the development of ICAR’s work across the region as well as fostering engagement between the jurisdictions. In addition to his core role, Simon was instrumental in the establishment of the Basel Institute’s Green Corruption programme, which applies a follow-the-money approach to environmental crimes. In 2016, he worked with colleagues to co-found the Working Group on Cryptocurrencies and Criminal Finances, an initiative of the Basel Institute on Governance, Europol and INTERPOL.

Simon spent over 13 years as a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police in London, where he was selected in 2004 as Detective Sergeant and in 2010 for the rank of Detective Inspector. He has been specialising in asset recovery, money laundering and corruption since 2006. Simon holds an MA in Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security from Coventry University in the UK, where he occasionally lectures on money laundering and organised crime.