Kharon's risk data and software solutions are unparalleled in precision and depth, powering compliance, risk management, investigations, and analytic operations at the world's leading institutions.
Risk management professionals, investigators, and analysts require the best available data and analytics on commercial actors that are implicated in headline global security threats. Without data-driven insight, institutions and agencies face excess risk and costs that could otherwise be avoided.
FINANCIAL CRIMES COMPLIANCE
Kharon provides data and analytic tools to optimize the core functions of financial crimes compliance programs, including KYC, screening, and investigations. Our solutions — covering the broadest range of actors implicated by global sanctions programs, export controls, and other security threats — fill critical gaps left by traditional adverse media, sanctions, and PEP offerings.
Kharon’s data seamlessly integrates with third-party screening platforms, creating alerts where your enterprise is at risk from entities that do not appear by name on a restrictions list, but may carry the same punitive implications.
Contact us to find out how leading financial services institutions across the globe are using Kharon to stay ahead of regulatory expectations while improving cost efficiency.
SANCTIONS COMPLIANCE + EXPORT CONTROLS
Kharon is the most effective solution for identifying potential customers or end users that may be implicated by global sanctions programs, export controls, and other headline security threats. Government guidance, enforcement actions, and headline news make clear that screening only against denied party lists is no longer sufficient to protect your enterprise from associated legal and business risk.
Contact us to find out how leading global companies across sectors use Kharon to manage hidden risks emanating from sanctions programs and export controls.
THREAT IDENTIFICATION + MITIGATION
For public sector agencies with regulatory, enforcement, or intelligence functions, Kharon provides unique data and analytic tools that enhance existing national security-focused capabilities.
The surge in availability of open-source data has created new opportunities and challenges for public sector entities. Kharon provides unmatched, timely, relevant, and accurate information on a global scale to support your agency’s mission.
Contact a public sector specialist at Kharon to explore Kharon's data options for your particular operational focus or use case.
BUSINESS RISK + SUPPLY CHAIN
The importance of protecting your enterprise from inadvertent exposure to entities that are implicated by sanctions, export controls, and other global security issues extends beyond meeting legal requirements. Kharon’s unique data and analytic tools optimize protection against threats to your business, including supply chain, reputational, and political risk.
Contact us to find out how the largest technology, social media, e-commerce, and defense companies in the world use Kharon to stay clear of actors that pose security threats and jeopardize their business and reputational interests.
Access our web-based search tool Kharon ClearView for KYC, investigations, and analysis to check if your customers, supply chain, or other entities or individuals of interest are associated with sanctioned or trade-restricted parties.
Kharon Dynamic Analytics provides data extracts formatted and delivered for seamless integration with your existing screening systems. Select from a list of risk typologies that meet your screening requirements, including 50 Plus, Control, Maritime, MEU Plus, and more.
With the Kharon Brief, stay up-to-date with developments that go beyond the headlines through in-depth investigations, analysis, briefings, trainings, and events.
Kharon’s data is both comprehensive in scope and quality-assured for consistency, drawing upon relevant and credible sources extending across 25+ languages and every global jurisdiction to provide coverage of sanctions networks, export controls, and other security threats.
Identifying the thousands of companies that are majority owned by sanctioned actors, but do not appear on a government sanctions list, is complex and resource-intensive. Kharon provides the most extensive and precise list of “sanctioned-by-law” companies, tackling challenges like multilayered and aggregated ownership chains, cross-jurisdiction and beneficial ownership, and shifting ownership structures. Kharon’s 50 Plus data helps you save costs by reducing overscreening, improving KYC efficiency, and protecting your supply chain.
Kharon helps identify firms that may be controlled by individuals who are subject to sanctions or other security restrictions. Whether you are looking to comply with EU regulations, enhance your control framework, protect against broader risk, or identify related threats, Kharon’s data extracts covering control relationships will save you time and provide assurance. Our experts provide a sophisticated understanding of the complexities surrounding control relationships.
Kharon’s data extracts covering maritime risk include vessels, operators, and owners located across dozens of commercially relevant jurisdictions that are affiliated with parties subject to sanctions, export controls, or other related high-risk activity. These entities can present legal and business risk to your enterprise, but do not appear on global sanctions or other restricted lists.
Ongoing global tensions with China, Russia, Venezuela, and Myanmar have led to increased scrutiny of military, intelligence, and law enforcement entities in these jurisdictions. Regulations in the form of export, supply chain, and investment restrictions — including military end use / military end user rules — create risk for enterprises across all major industries. Kharon’s MEU Plus data brings visibility to entities that are impacted through commercial, ownership, and control relationships with targeted parties.
Kharon’s data helps manage exposure to the Venezuelan government’s economic reach, which spans hundreds of state-owned enterprises with thousands of government-appointed leaders. Kharon covers the joint ventures and business associations between these enterprises and international actors, as well as the Venezuelan military’s involvement in key sectors of the economy.
Matthew Epstein CEO and Chairman
Matthew leads and supports the Kharon team in executing the strategic mission of the company - to provide industry with the definitive resource for understanding and managing sanctions-related risk. Matthew served at the US Treasury Department from 2003 to 2010, in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Office of Terrorism and Finance Intelligence (TFI), and as a Financial Attaché. Matthew spent four years in Washington D.C. working on Middle East and Iran-related terrorism finance issues, and three years based in the Gulf leading all regional sanctions and economic policy coordination for the Treasury Department. Prior to co-founding Kharon and its parent company, The Camstoll Group, Matthew headed the Middle East office for ICE Canyon - a global investment firm specialized in emerging market and global credit strategies. Matthew received his BA from UC Berkeley and JD from UCLA, where he serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors. Matthew has provided expert testimony before the US Senate and US House of Representatives, and been published in, cited by, and appeared on major media outlets including the Financial Times, New York Times, National Review, CNN and Fox News.
Benjamin Schmidt Chief Product Officer
Kharon is underpinned by Benjamin’s vision to develop augmented analytic tools and offer specialized media products that harness the optimal mix of analysts and technology. As an intelligence professional at the US Treasury Department Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Benjamin worked with all major visual analysis products and led related technology adoption initiatives. His work as a senior analyst drove sanctions actions for the Treasury Department and briefs for the Intelligence Community. Benjamin specializes in the use of technology and open source research to understand complex geopolitical, security, and business issues. He received his MBA from the University of Maryland and BA from George Washington University.
Mark Nakhla EVP of Research
Mark is responsible for the integrity and strategic direction of all Kharon research for terrorism and Middle East-related sanctions programs. Mark has deep domain expertise on the activities of terrorist support networks and other groups targeted by international sanctions. Mark served as a sanctions officer at the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) between 2002-2005 and 2012-2013 investigating terrorist groups and their networks of financiers and facilitators in the Middle East, Asia and beyond. Mark previously served at the US Department of Defense as a Middle East policy adviser, and at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he focused on strategic research and policy planning.
Howard Mendelsohn Chief Client Officer
Howard works closely with business, compliance and legal professionals to strengthen programs and controls for managing financial crime risk. Howard has over two decades of experience in combatting illicit financial activity, in both the government and the private sector. Howard served at the US Treasury Department from 2001 to 2011, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Secretary (Acting) for Treasury’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Howard led Treasury’s intelligence functions, including oversight of analytical production, risk assessment, security, and strategic planning. Following his service at Treasury, Howard held leadership positions in Enterprise Compliance at PNC Financial Services Group. He is a recognized thought leader on Financial Crime matters and speaks regularly at conferences.
Janice Gardner Executive Editor
Janice ensures that the highest level of analytic rigor is instilled in Kharon analysts and research products. Janice’s expertise draws from a distinguished career as a senior intelligence professional in the US government. Janice served as the Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis from 2005 to 2009. She also served in a variety of other senior leadership positions in the Intelligence Community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Counterterrorism Center, the National Security Council, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Frazer Burkart CFO
Frazer is responsible for finance and operations for Kharon. Frazer has nearly two decades of experience in financial services, capital markets, and corporate development. Frazer previously worked at The Carlyle Group, where he was part of the team managing investments focused on distressed debt and special situation opportunities. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and BA from UC Berkeley.
Joseph Barresi Team Lead, Counterterrorism/MENA
Joseph leads Kharon research on terrorist support networks and related activities. Joseph’s expertise covers funding methodologies, front groups, and analysis of social media communications. Joseph researched terrorism and Middle East security-related issues at the Wilson Center and the Middle East Institute. Joseph holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Kit Conklin Director of Global Client Engagement
Kit leads engagements with Kharon’s government clients and works with global corporate clients on Military End User and export control risks. Prior to Kharon, Kit served in national security positions with the U.S. government where he specialized in nonproliferation and East Asia security issues. Kit also established nuclear cyber security and technology defense programs at Lawrence Livermore and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. Kit has held multiple fellowships and his work has been published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish and holds an MS from the National Intelligence University and an MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
David Elam VP of Product
David is dedicated to refining interactions between humans and machines to produce high quality analysis. To this end, David leads various product development and data analysis initiatives at Kharon. David previously worked at Innovations for Scaling Impact, where he analyzed efforts by multilateral institutions to address international security, global supply chains, and the environment. David holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Occidental College.
Sam Fishman SVP of Technology
Sam leads the technology team at Kharon, bringing experienced leadership in areas such as data analytics, application and data architecture, machine learning, and natural language processing. Sam has developed smart software platforms and provided targeted R&D for companies such as Yahoo, AEG, and multiple startups in industries such as ad tech, search tech, mobile telephony, and entertainment tech. Sam holds an MS in Computer Science from USC with a special designation in Intelligent Robotics.
Gregg Freeman SVP of Legal
Gregg is responsible for managing Kharon's contracting and compliance matters. Gregg has over 20 years of legal experience in both law firm and in-house settings. Before joining Kharon, he was SVP and Deputy General Counsel of HireRight, LLC, a global employment background screening and technology provider, where he led the legal team for over 14 years. Prior ,Gregg was Associate General Counsel of Interplay Entertainment Corp and an associate attorney with Brown, Winfield & Canzoneri. Gregg earned his undergraduate degree in Communications from UCLA, his JD from the UCLA School of Law, and his MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Paul Gerbino Director of Strategic Partnerships
Paul manages Kharon's partnership efforts, leading and advancing its strategic relationships with technology companies, data providers, and professional services firms. Paul brings nearly a decade of experience in the AML risk and compliance space. Previously, Paul managed business development teams at Bureau van Dijk and also helped to launch and scale the U.S. presence of a UK-based financial crimes data firm.
Nick Grothaus VP of Research
Nick leads Kharon's research initiatives focused on disinformation, conflict media, and commercial due diligence. Nick has over eight years of experience conducting and managing research into foreign information operations, terrorist support networks, and illicit finance issues. Nick holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a BA in International Relations with a minor in Russian Studies from the University of Colorado.
Will Harrington Director of Client Services
Kharon clients rely on Will for training and coordinating research support. Will is an expert at Kharon’s data modeling practices, and works closely with Kharon analysts in the quality assurance process. Will previously worked at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Will holds an MA in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University and a BA from Towson University.
Darci Kovacs Project Manager
Darci manages projects across the technology and product teams at Kharon. She is responsible for moving product initiatives through the lifecycle, from a whiteboard drawing to customer deployment. Darci graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College and holds a BA in Sociology. She previously worked with data as a research assistant for multiple projects in that department, with a particular interest in economic and organizational sociology.
Eugene Lee VP of Engineering
Eugene leads the Engineering team at Kharon, bringing over 15 years of experience as a software engineer and engineering leader. Before joining Kharon, Eugene was VP of Engineering at AuditBoard, where he led the engineering team for 5 years. Eugene has worked in a variety of industries, including fintech, ad tech, digital media, and gaming in fields such as application architecture, enterprise SaaS application development, and infrastructure. Eugene holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley.
Victoria Lumb Head of Sales
Victoria leads Kharon’s global sales team and operations. She brings to Kharon over a decade of global business development and management experience in AML data and software solutions. Victoria worked ten years at Accuity/Fircosoft building and leading the global sales team and has advised multiple start-ups on launching sales operations and go-to-market strategies.
Chris McDonagh VP of Sales, UK & Europe
Chris leads the UK & Europe sales team at Kharon. He has worked across risk management, data analytics, and compliance solutions for close to two decades, during which he has managed large teams and delivered consistent growth. Most recently Chris was Regional Vice President of Sales at LexisNexis, where he was responsible for defining strategy, executing sales goals, and expanding commercial effectiveness.
Kathleen O’Rourke Director of Analysis
Kathleen leads the quality assurance process for Kharon ClearView data, client deliverables, and other research products. Kathleen works with subject matter experts across teams to verify research findings and develop analytical standards. Kathleen previously interned with the Hudson Institute's Center for Political-Military Analysis, the US Department of State, and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (US Department of Defense). Kathleen is a graduate of the University of St Andrews (MLitt) and the University of Virginia (BA).
Jordan Olmstead Director of Product
Jordan fuses data driven network analysis and subject matter domain expertise to drive the Kharon Dynamic Analytics offering. Jordan works across Kharon’s data, engineering, and research teams, developing bespoke data models that correspond with typologies of networks targeted by sanctions. Jordan previously worked as a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he researched Iranian strategic culture and national security strategy. Jordan holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Diogo Palhano Account Director
Diogo leads Kharon’s engagement with financial institutions and corporates based in the Western Hemisphere. Diogo advises U.S. technology firms, Canadian banks and corporates, and major Latin American firms on sanctions-related risk typologies that impact commercial activity. Diogo worked at a French tech start-up company, where he was responsible for the firm’s expansion to German-speaking countries. Diogo also interned with the Association for the German Biofuel Industry and with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Diogo is a graduate of HEC Paris and the Free University of Berlin, and is fluent in six languages.
William Rich SVP of Global Client Engagement
William G. Rich leads efforts to expand into emerging markets and to advise government and regulatory clients. William served from 2015 to 2018 as the U.S. Treasury attaché to the United Arab Emirates and Oman, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s senior-most representative to the largest financial center in the greater Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. He previously served in national security policy, counterterrorism, and intelligence positions both domestically and overseas. Immediately prior to joining Kharon, William was a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) where his work was featured by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and WIRED. He is a term member of CFR, an adjunct faculty member of Columbia University, and a visiting scholar at New York University.
Samuel Rubenfeld Editor, Kharon Brief
Samuel is editor of the Kharon Brief. He has deep experience covering illicit finance networks after a decade of reporting on the subject for The Wall Street Journal. His work has been cited widely, including by the U.S. Senate in an investigation into money laundering through the art sector. Samuel graduated cum laude from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s in print journalism, and he serves on an advisory board for the university’s Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs.
Joshua Shrager SVP of Key Client Relations
Josh works with Kharon’s key clients on strategic initiatives and partnership opportunities. Prior to Kharon, Josh was a director at data analytics firm Quid, where he managed east coast and Europe client relations operations as well as directed company wide client engagement strategy and implementation. Previously, Josh served in the US Department of the Treasury as the Deputy Financial Attaché to Saudi Arabia as well as co-lead of the Iraq Threat Finance Cell in Baghdad. He also was a US Department of State Foreign Service Officer, with postings in Mexico and The Gambia, where he oversaw the embassy’s Public Affairs office.
Edmund Xu Team Lead, Asia
Edmund leads the Asia research program at Kharon. He is responsible for leading the team's research into illicit maritime and other commercial activity involving sanctioned actors, diving into networks that trade in weapons of mass destruction, narcotics, and other prohibited goods. Edmund previously interned with the US Department of State and the Carter Center, where he focused on Asia. Edmund holds an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.
Sunil Bhanot Member
Sunil Bhanot’s experience as a leader in technology engineering spans almost a decade.
Mr. Bhanot is the Director of Engineering at TripAdvisor, overseeing engineering operations for the west coast of the US. Prior to TripAdvisor, he was Head of Engineering at Whalerock Industries overseeing software development and engineering operations. Mr. Bhanot was also the VP of Engineering at Demand Media (now LEAF group), where he oversaw engineering for the media business of the company.
Mr. Bhanot has built and managed small and large engineering teams and worked on media and commerce products across various platforms. He has consulted with various startups in their early phases and until recently worked as a Technology Advisor for the Digital Social Media Graduate School Program at the University of Southern California. Mr. Bhanot has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
Kathleen Casey Member
Kathleen Casey is a senior advisor with Patomak Global Partners. Previously, Ms. Casey served as a Commissioner with the US Securities and Exchange Commission from 2006 to 2011. During her tenure, Ms. Casey acted as the SEC’s principal representative in various international fora, including multilateral and bilateral regulatory dialogues, the G-20 Financial Stability Board, and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Ms. Casey held various legal and policy roles in the United States Senate. From 2003 to 2006, she was Staff Director and Counsel of the US Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Before serving as Staff Director for the Senate Banking Committee, Ms. Casey held a series of senior advisory roles to U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL).
Ms. Casey serves as a non-executive director on the board of HSBC Holdings plc, a member of The Pennsylvania State University’s board of trustees, and chairman of the board of Penn State Health. She is also a member of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board as well as the board of trustees for the International Valuation Standards Council and Financial Accounting Foundation.
Lisa Prager Member
Lisa Prager is General Counsel at Agricultural Bank of China. Previously, Ms. Prager was a partner at the law firms of Holland & Knight, and Schulte, Roth & Zabel, where she focused her practice on government investigations and enforcement actions relating to the FCPA, US export controls and economic sanctions laws, anti-money laundering laws, the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions, and government contracts matters. Ms. Prager represented clients before multiple US enforcement agencies and bodies, such as the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, Department of State, Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Prager advised general counsels and senior management regarding company practices, remedial measures such as compliance program enhancements and disciplinary action for employees, and settlement options.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Prager was an Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia and Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Western New England College School of Law and holds a BA from Yale University.
Andrew Prozes Member
Andrew served as CEO of LexisNexis and on the Board of Directors of Reed Elsevier. Today he serves on the boards of Scribestar, Transunion, Neoway, fiizy, payfone, nanopay/mintchip, Parker Companies, and Synaptive. He chairs the Compensation Committees for Transunion, Neoway, nanopay/mintchip, Synaptive, and payfone. He works actively with many PE firms.
Prior to joining Reed Elsevier, Andy served as Executive Vice President and COO of West Group, part of the Thomson Reuters Corporation from 1997 to 2000. He founded MFS Limited early in his career, which grew from a start-up to the then largest processor of retirement plans (RRSP’s) and mutual funds in Canada. It was sold to IBM Canada in 1988.
Andy is a past Chairman of The Information Industry Association and has served on the boards of the Information Technology Association of Canada, the Canadian Newspaper Association, and the National Executive Service Corps. Andy was an Executive Board Member of the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), a Board & Executive Committee Member of The Atlantic Council of the United States, and a Director of The Bruce Museum of Arts and Technology in Greenwich, Connecticut. He serves on the board of trustees of Freedom House.
Waheed Rathore Member
Waheed Rathore is a financial services professional who has held Regional, Group and Global positions in Regulatory Compliance & Financial Crime over 25 years. His international exposure spans across North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia pacific by way of his career with global institutions like Citibank, ABN AMRO, Dubai Islamic Bank and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
Mr. Rathore led the Compliance functions in these institutions through periods of heightened Compliance focus. This involved green-field built up of the function and turnarounds including the post-enforcement remediation actions. Other projects of key importance for the Board of Directors include five successful due-diligence for bank acquisitions and subsequent integrations of Compliance and Financial Crime function.
Mr. Rathore is currently the Executive Director of Banking & Insurance Supervision at Abu Dhabi Global Market. This recent change allows him to bring his industry experience into the regulatory world for a larger number of financial institutions.
Mr. Rathore holds a MBA from INSEAD and a Certification in Fin-Tech from Oxford University. He was the Chairman of UAE Banks Federation (UBF) Compliance Committee. Mr. Rathore has also been on a number of Boards including currently the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI), ADCB Asset Management Ltd (past) and Kuwait Turk Bank Dubai (past).
David Shedd Member
David R. Shedd served in the U.S. government for nearly 33 years. Since leaving the federal government in 2015, he has been serving as a Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow and as an Adjunct Professor at Patrick Henry College. He works as an independent national security consultant, serves on several corporate Boards including as Chairman of the Board for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. In addition, Mr. Shedd is actively supporting several NGOs.
In 2014, Mr. Shedd was named Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency following four years of service as the Agency’s Deputy Director. Until January 2015 he led the Defense Intelligence Enterprise workforce comprised of more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide.
Mr. Shedd previously served as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Deputy Director for Policy, Plans, and Requirements, where he was responsible for overseeing the formulation and implementation of major Intelligence Community (IC) policies.
From May 2005 to April 2007, Mr. Shedd served as Chief of Staff and, later, Acting Director of the Intelligence Staff to the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to the creation of the ODNI, Mr. Shedd served as the National Security Council’s Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform. Mr. Shedd has also held a variety of senior management assignments at the Central Intelligence Agency, including Chief of Congressional Liaison, and was posted overseas in the U.S. Embassies in Costa Rica and Mexico.
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