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Indian Origin T Raja Kumar takes over as Chief of Global Anti-Terror watchdog FATF.

News by NRI Herald Australia, 03 July 2022

T Raja Kuma NRI Herald FATF Chief
Picture Source: FATF Twitter Handle

Indian origin T Raja Kumar has taken over as President of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the world’s anti-terrorism financing agency. FATF tweeted that Raja Kumar will focus on enhancing the effectiveness of global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures, improving asset recovery, and other initiatives.

He has more than 35 years of leadership and operational experience in Singapore’s home ministry and police force.

Raja Kumar succeeds Dr Marcus Pleyer as the chief of the FATF and will serve a two-year-term. FATF is a global watchdog tasked with combatting money laundering and terrorist financing.

Raja Kumar forged a stronger collaborative relationship with key counterparts in the safety and security arena, including with strategic partners such as INTERPOL and the UN.

FATF announced on Twitter:

Here are 5 things to know about Raja Kumar:

1. Raja Kumar holds an LLB (Hons.) degree from the National University of Singapore, and a Master of Philosophy (Criminology & Law) from Cambridge University. Kumar also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2006.

2. Kumar has held a wide range of senior leadership roles in the ministry of home affairs in Singapore and the Singapore Police Force for more than 35 years.

3. Currently, he serves as the senior advisor (International) in the country's home affairs ministry. Before this, he was deputy secretary (International) at the ministry from January 2015 to July 2021 and was concurrently the chief executive of the Home Team Academy between 2014 to 2018.

4. Kumar is also the former deputy commissioner of police (Policy), director of the Police Intelligence Department, and senior deputy director of the Commercial Affairs Department.

5. He served as the pioneer chief executive of the Casino Regulatory Authority and put in place a robust regulatory framework for new casinos in Singapore, including anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), benchmarked against top-tiered jurisdictions.

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