Harsh Narula

The dynamic nature of legal and compliance risks necessitates a forward-thinking approach to risk management. To stay ahead of the curve, professionals must complement established technical competencies with continuous upskilling, the intelligent use of technology and data analytics and harness data driven risk operations at scale to improve risk effectiveness and drive operational efficiencies.”

Harsh Narula
IBF Fellow (2023), Compliance

Harsh Narula

Managing Director and Group Head, Platform, Analytics and Surveillance Operations, Legal & Compliance, DBS Bank


Harsh Narula is Managing Director and Group head of Platform, Analytics, Surveillance Operations, Group Legal & Compliance at DBS Bank since 2018. In this role, he has been instrumental in harnessing digitalisation to transform the way legal and compliance teams operate and driving a multi-year strategy to deliver advanced analytics including AI/ML capabilities and technology use to combat against fraud and financial crime risk management.

He is actively involved and has contributed to notable strategic industry programs including Project COSMIC (Collaborative Sharing of ML/TF Information Cases) which will enable financial institutions (FIs) to securely share information on customers or transactions with the aim to help FIs identify and disrupt illicit networks. He is currently co-chairing the AML/CFT Industry partnership (ACIP) Data Analytics (DA) working group focused on strengthening use of advanced data analytics, AI/ML use to combat financial crime. He is one of the key DBS representatives at the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) Standing Committee on Fraud and Scams Management (SCF) too.

He regularly shares his insights and experiences in various RegTech conferences, ABS – Financial Crime Seminar, and ACAMS.

In his 24+ years of career, Harsh has held various management positions across banks/FIs, including GE Money, Citibank, Barclays, ANZ and currently DBS. He has led various portfolios across change management, Digital and branch management, credit and financial crime risk management, technology, data analytics and operations management responsibilities over years.

Harsh holds a Graduate and Post Graduate degree in Business Management. With a passion for learning, Harsh has completed several executive education programs, including the Data Monetisation Strategy program from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a certified Six Sigma – Black Belt.

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