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Simon Bell

CEO, Armillary Ventures and Former Investment Specialist, IFC

Over 25 years of experience in helping leading corporations and public agencies in America, Africa, Asia and Europe to implement growth and competitive strategies.

Worked with pioneering Indian firms focused on delivery of IT and BPO services and launched the Global Services Location Index (GSLI) to assist companies to select locations for delivery of IT, BPO, R&D and other knowledge services.

Has helped more than 20 leading global corporations select locations for specific activities, ranging from large BPO centers, to specialised services like econometrics, hardware R&D and multi-lingual call centers. Clients include world’s leading retail banks, investment banks, credit card companies, fund managers, hardware and IT services companies, FMCG companies, retailers and other conglomerates.

Advised numerous governments on strategies to promote the knowledge services sector, including BRASSCOM in Brazil, CORFO in Chile, CINDE in Costa Rica, DIFC in Dubai, MCIT in Egypt, MDC in Malaysia, ICTA and SLASSCOM in Sri Lanka, & the World Bank Group.


  • Captive and Shared Services Strategy
  • Market Entry & Industry Development


  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Countries and Government
  • High Tech & Telecommunications
  • Retail and Consumer Goods


  • IFC/World Bank Group
  • A.T. Kearney
  • The European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka
  • Council of the City Philadelphia
  • IBM