Mrs. Anitha Naidu

Mrs. Anitha Naidu

Director AML/CFT

Anitha joined the Financial Services Authority in 2017 as a Supervision Officer within the Fiduciary Supervision Section and later moved to the AML/CFT Unit as a Monitoring and Surveillance Analyst when the AML/CFT Unit was set up. Subsequently, she was promoted as the Manager of AML/CFT Unit and then Director of AML/CFT Unit in February 2023.

She holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from Bharathidasan University, India. She is an Associate member of the International Compliance Association. 


The AML/CFT Unit, under the direct oversight of the Chief Executive Officer, ensures that the FSA’s supervisory mandate pertaining to Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terorrism (AML/CFT) is administered through the application of a risk-based approach which includes  both on-site and off-site supervision aimed towards the diverse AML/CFT obliged entities across  the various sectors under the FSA’s supervisory purview.

The AML/CFT Unit’s mandate includes overseeing and driving the FSA’s responsibilities as a Sectoral Supervisor of AML/CFT vested under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of the Financing of Terrorism Act, 2020.

As part of its mandate, the AML/CFT Unit ensures supervision and enforcing compliance of reporting entities under FSA’s regulatory ambit with their obligations under the -

  • Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act, 2020;
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Regulations, 2020;
  • Beneficial Ownership Act, 2020; and
  • Beneficial Ownership Regulations, 2020.

The AML/CFT Unit also ensures ongoing implementation of the five core principles of the National AML/CFT Strategy 2020-2023, which are:

  1. Enhancement of the AML/CFT Legal Framework;
  2. Strengthening domestic and international cooperation in the fight against ML/TF and PF;
  3. Developing capacities of relevant public and private sector entities to combat ML/TF and PF;
  4. Developing effective Risk Based Supervision and enforcement of AML/CFT and CPF measures; and
  5. Strengthening intelligence, Investigations, prosecutions and confiscations.

In that regard, the AML/CFT Unit is responsible for setting standards and promote effective implementation of regulatory and operational measures for combating Money Laundering (ML) and Terrorist Financing (TF)  and other related threats that affects the integrity of the non-bank financial services sector.

Furthermore, the AML/CFT Unit engages in the cooperation, coordination, and exchange of information amongst other AML/CFT Supervisors, law enforcement authorities and other stakeholders for the development and implementation of policies and procedures to combat ML and TF.


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