Sarah Watson is a senior director in K2 Integrity’s Financial Crimes Risk Management practice. She helps a wide range of clients combat illicit finance through innovative, dynamic, and flexible Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) programs. Sarah works with financial institution clients to review and improve their financial crime compliance policies and practices to more effectively and efficiently prevent abuse and to ensure compliance with U.S. and global requirements, including Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) obligations. She also helps jurisdictional clients prepare for Financial Action Task Force (FATF) assessments by providing strategic guidance, reviewing and revising laws and regulations, conducting trainings in FATF standards, and preparing government authorities to undergo the assessment process.

Prior to joining K2 Integrity, Sarah was an associate fellow with the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she researched and wrote about Indian economic policy, South Asian and Indian Ocean security dynamics, and India-Pakistan relations. Sarah has also served in the private sector as part of a business intelligence and strategic risk team advising a Fortune 50 CEO and in the office of the CIO of the New York City Police Department.

Sarah holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University, and an A.B. from Harvard College.


Education and Certifications

  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • Georgetown University, M.A.
  • Harvard University, B.A.