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Amit Sharma

CSIF Board of Advisors

Biography:

Mr. Amit Sharma serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Mr. Sharma is the co-founder of Empowerment Capital, a strategic advisory company assisting companies in social enterprise development, corporate "impact" strategy, and risk management.  In addition, he is the co-founder of Verdigris, a developing US-based community bank leveraging fin/reg-tech and analytics capabilities and a strong risk and compliance management foundation to service the un-/under-banked, de-risked, remittances, credit invisible and low/moderate income customer segments.  The bank’s goal is to leverage risk and compliance assets into value-added core finance operations to enhance financial system integrity and drive greater financial access and empowerment in tandem.  Previously, he led Operations and Strategy for Command Global Services (CGS), where he managed a team of investigators, financial forensic experts, analysts and legal professionals in the recovery of stolen sovereign assets and strengthening of financial regulatory systems.  Prior to CGS, he was Chief of Staff and Head of New Products for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, USA, and also Head of Project Management to the firm’s International Business and Global Markets Units.  In Washington DC, Mr. Sharma served at the US Department of the Treasury, first in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence—developing and implementing tools to combat transnational threats and financial crime.  His global portfolio included the development and execution of anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing strategies, the use of economic sanctions, combating proliferation-financing and illicit activities of rogue states.  He later served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt and as Advisor of Treasury's senior team under Secretary Henry Paulson.  Mr. Sharma serves on several working groups, advisory councils and boards, including: the Center for Global Development (CGD), the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Center for Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF), Middlebury’s Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, and makes Guilford, Vermont his home where he enjoys farming and making hard cider.  Mr. Sharma is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and teaches regularly on issues related to international security policy, counter-terrorism finance, risk, and social venture development at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Georgetown University. Mr. Sharma holds an MBA and MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Mr. Amit Sharma serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Mr. Sharma is the co-founder of Empowerment Capital, a strategic advisory company assisting companies in social enterprise development, corporate "impact" strategy, and risk management.  In addition, he is the co-founder of Verdigris, a developing US-based community bank leveraging fin/reg-tech and analytics capabilities and a strong risk and compliance management foundation to service the un-/under-banked, de-risked, remittances, credit invisible and low/moderate income customer segments.  The bank’s goal is to leverage risk and compliance assets into value-added core finance operations to enhance financial system integrity and drive greater financial access and empowerment in tandem.  Previously, he led Operations and Strategy for Command Global Services (CGS), where he managed a team of investigators, financial forensic experts, analysts and legal professionals in the recovery of stolen sovereign assets and strengthening of financial regulatory systems.  Prior to CGS, he was Chief of Staff and Head of New Products for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, USA, and also Head of Project Management to the firm’s International Business and Global Markets Units.  In Washington DC, Mr. Sharma served at the US Department of the Treasury, first in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence—developing and implementing tools to combat transnational threats and financial crime.  His global portfolio included the development and execution of anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing strategies, the use of economic sanctions, combating proliferation-financing and illicit activities of rogue states.  He later served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt and as Advisor of Treasury's senior team under Secretary Henry Paulson.  Mr. Sharma serves on several working groups, advisory councils and boards, including: the Center for Global Development (CGD), the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Center for Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF), Middlebury’s Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, and makes Guilford, Vermont his home where he enjoys farming and making hard cider.  Mr. Sharma is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and teaches regularly on issues related to international security policy, counter-terrorism finance, risk, and social venture development at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Georgetown University. Mr. Sharma holds an MBA and MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA from the University of Virginia.