Varatharaj Sankararaj

Director of Financial Crime


Raj is a Director in Matrix-IFS’s Financial crime practice with over 12 years of experience in the field of Financial Crime Risk and Compliance. Raj has a proven track record of developing and implementing large scale AML programs for top tier global to small regional banks. This includes conducting risk assessments, regulatory controls management, development and implementation of policies and procedures, AML governance and managing emerging risks. His expertise includes helping clients under regulatory enforcement actions/fines, advising clients on product risk assessments, emerging risks, system implementation, model validation & tuning, advanced analytics & machine learning, robotic process automation, and DFS 504 certification etc.,

Having worked at a “Big 4” consulting firm, Raj brings significant management consulting experience which includes developing and managing strategic compliance initiatives and providing leadership expertise to several regulatory remediation programs for financial institutions.

In his current role, Raj is responsible for the management and growth of the AML practice at Matrix-IFS. His responsibilities include but not limited to developing thought leadership, representing Matrix-IFS in key industry events, building service offerings around new regulations & emerging technologies, identifying and establishing partnerships with financial crime startups and expanding Matrix-IFS’s global presence. He has experience in building onshore/offshore delivery centers from ground-up.