Amit Sharma

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Co-Founder, Empowerment Capital
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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, Empowerment Capital, focused on income generative scalable enterprise for the global poor—leveraging the power of institutional capital to support market-viable poverty alleviative commercial solutions.  

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Separately, he is assisting in the development of an inter-disciplinary network of experts that delivers shared solutions to multi-faceted global risk challenges to private, public, non-profit and development institutions.  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 led by former Deputy National Security Advisor, Juan Zarate.  In this role, he coordinated 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.

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 and advisor to the Senior Treasury team, led by Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson.  He worked closely across the Government’s interagency and with foreign Finance Ministry and Central Bank officials, to advance U.S. economic policies, including: financial sector regulation (and reform), tax policy, combating illicit finance, economic sanctions, and international investment policy and security.  He also helped coordinate the daily work-flow and operations across the Department’s core offices of Domestic Finance, International Affairs and Financial Enforcement, and its multiple bureaus.

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.  His portfolio included the development and expansion of international anti-money laundering / counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) regimes 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.  He 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.  Mr. Sharma was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, where he met his wife, Thayer Tomlinson, a fellow volunteer, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. 

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