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Staff Research Profile: Introducing…Gauri Sinha

Tell us about yourself

Gauri Sinha

I am a Lecturer in Law at the Department of Law. I hold a first degree in Law from the University of Delhi, India; an LLM from Durham University, UK, and a PhD (specialising in Anti-Money Laundering Compliance) from City University, London.

Prior to joining Kingston, I was working at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Associate where I consulted for several global banks and commercial firms. Previously, I worked with KPMG as a Forensic Investigations and Compliance Analyst, designing risk models related to anti-money laundering compliance. In addition, I worked with the World Bank as a financial crime specialist, to design a 'Know Your Customer' security framework for a carbon trading platform. I have also worked as a legal consultant with the 'Law and Development Partnership', London, to assist drafting financial services law for Rwanda, East Africa. My more recent projects include advising the Government of Jamaica on financial sanctions and asset freezing related to weapons proliferation.

What is your current research focused on?

Generally speaking, my research interests include all aspects of financial crime and financial regulation.

I recently received an internal research grant for my project on corporate accountability and prosecutions, focusing on the post financial crisis period. As a result, my current research is heavily centred on the lack of individual prosecutions in a corporation, and the ineffectiveness of deferred prosecution agreements.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about everything that I choose to engage in, as I believe this is what leads to the best results. With my research, I am passionate about gaining knowledge and being able to share the results. I do not believe publishing in high-ranking journals or speaking with a particular set of audiences is the only way to make a difference. I am equally passionate about speaking with students, or simple joys like discovering a new book that enhances my research.

How does your research affect people's everyday lives?

It is a myth that financial crime is a purely analytical subject related to finance and banking. On the contrary, when we speak about illegal money arising out of drug trade that is passing through global banks, the connection with society and people's everyday lives is hard to miss. My recent project with Jamaica is another example, where I was consulting on the financial sanctions related to weapons of mass destruction.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

If I could, I would eliminate hypocrisy and double standards from this world. They dilute passion, integrity and other principles that are so vital to achieve a society that we would ideally like to live in.

With unlimited research budget, I would...

I would visit the smaller and less developed countries that are eager to protect their financial system against illegal money but do not have the funds to implement these laws and regulations. Unfortunately, the balance of power in this subject area still tilts in favour of the rich and powerful nations.

What is the best thing about researching at Kingston University?

Coming from a non-academic background previously, I have appreciated the support given to researchers in the faculty, especially in the form of the research grant that I have received. However the best thing about Kingston for me is the environment and the people. All my colleagues are approachable and friendly and sharing ideas with them has taken my research to a new level.

Find out more about Gauri Sinha on her staff profile page.

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