Karyn Kenny

Federal Prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, currently serving as DOJ Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development’s SE Europe Regional Resident Legal Advisor, implementing anti-money laundering, transnational organized crime and related capacity building programs. I’m also a writer, public speaker, teacher, proponent of empowering women and a dedicated public servant.

What makes you a Risky Woman?

I’m passionate about working with domestic and international partners to protect our global finance sectors from bad actors, pushing boundaries to break down silos between the public and private AML sectors, and my love for networking and connecting with other women who work in regulation, compliance, and ethics.

Name your top 3 achievements

  1. Putting myself through law school at night while working full-time.
  2. Being selected to serve as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow.
  3. Successful career in public service.

What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?

Leaving my position with the DOJ’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section in DC to move to Bangladesh to join the US Embassy as the DOJ OPDAT Resident Legal Advisor working on anti-money laundering programs. Definitely the biggest risk, and the biggest reward, of my career. I love my work with DOJ OPDAT.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Working with judges in remote areas of Borneo on a program to increase access to justice for indigenous tribes.

What is the best quality for successful leaders in Risk?


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Podcast S4E2 | Collaboration Can Transform: Karyn Kenny

Karyn Kenny serves as US DOJ’s OPDAT for SE Europe regional justice sector initiative, overseeing AML, asset forfeiture, anti corruption and transnational organized crime.


U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division
Attorney Advisor, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery, International Unit

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