Monterey Institute of International Studies

Amit Sharma

Amit Sharma has worked for organizations at the highest levels of the corporate, financial, government and development sectors.  Through his career, he has engaged in a myriad of roles in and across these sectors, and in consideration of diverse risks that intersect commercial enterprise, domestic and international policy and the financial markets.

Mr. Sharma is currently engaged in several global initiatives that bring together his efforts in markets, comprehensive risk management and international development.  He is leading the formulation of a new investment vehicle focused on income generative scalable enterprise for the global poor—leveraging the power of institutional capital to support market-viable poverty alleviative commercial solutions.  Separately, he is assisting in the development of an inter-disciplinary network of experts around risk that works to deliver shared solutions to multi-faceted global risk challenges.  The Risk Assistance Network and Exchange, or RANE, is a for-profit enterprise operating in the broad public interest.

Previously, Mr. Sharma served as the Deputy Director and Head of Operations and Strategy for Command Global Services (CGS), a Washington DC-based advisory firm offering services in asset recovery and financial integrity.  In this role, he worked closely with the Director, and former Deputy National Security Advisor, Juan Zarate, to develop and manage the firm’s strategy and operations by coordinating teams of investigators, financial forensic experts, analysts and legal professionals, to assist sovereign and private sector clients in the areas of stolen asset investigations, recovery and repatriation activities, international legal intervention, anti-corruption, transparent management of sovereign assets, strengthening of financial regulatory and enforcement capabilities, and engagement with foreign governments and financial markets participants. 

Prior to joining CGS, Mr. Sharma worked as the Chief of Staff for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. the American investment banking and brokerage unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, and as Head of Project Management for the firm’s International Business Unit.  In this capacity, he assisted in the growth of the U.S. branch’s primary/corporate finance and secondary sales and trading operations, as well as growing product capability with its sister institutional bank, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi.  Internationally, Mr. Sharma served as the primary front office global liaison with Mitsubishi’s CEOs across its Asia, EMEA and Americas divisions.  He joined the firm in June 2008, helping to navigate the firm through the year’s ensuing global credit crisis, and establishing a robust operations and compliance foundation to facilitate the firm’s growth in product and service capability, ultimately contributing to a positive return on equity of nearly 60%. 

Before heading to New York, Mr. Sharma worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, Robert Kimmitt.  He worked closely within the Department and across the Government’s interagency, to advance U.S. economic policies, including: financial sector regulation (and reform), tax policy, combating illicit finance, economic sanctions, and investment policy and security.  Mr. Sharma worked on the Senior Treasury team, led by Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson and worked directly with the Secretary’s Chief of Staff to manage daily work-flow and operations across the Department’s core offices of Domestic Finance, International Affairs and Financial Enforcement, as well as its multiple bureaus.  Mr. Sharma was also responsible for liaising with senior international Finance Ministry and Central Bank officials on the development of the U.S. Government’s international economic policies. 

Before joining the senior team at Treasury, Mr. Sharma was a senior advisor in the Department's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he focused his efforts on issues related to illicit finance, and the use of economic and financial tools to combat national security threats.   Mr. Sharma was recruited to the Department at the inception of this “new” transformational office within a post-9/11 Treasury, and worked to develop and apply the Government’s core enforcement and regulatory instruments to address issues related to terrorism, weapons proliferation, drug trafficking, corruption, and financial crime broadly.  His portfolio included the development and expansion of international anti-money laundering / counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) regimes, alternative remittance systems, such as hawalas, and the application of targeted financial and economic sanctions.  He served as a financial expert to international fora dedicated to these issues, and traveled extensively to areas in South, Central and East Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia to engage senior government and private sector officials.

In addition to these opportunities, Mr. Sharma has held various consulting roles including for boutique financial services companies, domestic non-profit organizations and international development firms focusing on sustainable development in emerging market economies. 

Mr. Sharma teaches regularly on issues related to security policy, counter-terrorism finance, risk, and the activities of commercial enterprise and financial markets in a changing international economic and security environment.  He has conducted classes or delivered lectures at multiple universities, including the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Naval Post Graduate School, Harvard University, George Washington and American University.  In addition to his work on several non-profit boards and consortia, he is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Sharma was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, where he met his wife, Thayer Tomlinson, a fellow volunteer.  Mr. Sharma graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Virginia and earned a Masters of Business Administration in International Finance and a Masters of Arts Degree in International Policy, with a focus on Environment, Economics and Development, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.