Head of Risk
San Francisco, United States


Neil oversees the Risk and Compliance space at Celent. His expertise focuses on financial crime, anti-money laundering and know-your-customer compliance, AML/KYC technology, and regtech.

Neil initiated Celent's influential research on AML compliance and technology in 2002. He regularly advises leading financial institutions and technology vendors on their business, technology, and compliance strategies. His advisory engagements have included vendor selection for financial institutions, market feasibility studies for financial institutions and technology vendors, and strategic due diligence on a number of the leading compliance vendors.

Neil has been widely quoted in the press, including The Financial Times and The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, has appeared on CNBC, CNN, and TV Tokyo, and is a popular speaker at conferences in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Neil previously launched and managed Celent’s presence in Asia for 15 years and helped establish Celent’s market leading position in Japan. He holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University. He is fluent in English, Japanese, and Chinese.

Latest insights

  • 12 April 2019
    Celent recognizes benefitRFP as the winner of the Model Asset Manager 2019 Innovation in Risk Award for their initiative riskDIAGNOSTIC. benefitR…
  • 2 April 2019
    The anti-money laundering (AML) software market is large and complex, with many international, regional, and local providers. In a series of thre…
  • 3 March 2019
    The end-game of anti-money laundering operations will, logically, be a fully automated process whereby monitoring and screening, alert investigat…
  • 22 February 2019
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Related events

  • 30 May 2019
    Join Neil Katkov and Eric Tran-Le, Vice President at Guardian Analytics, for a webinar titled The Path to Modern AML Compliance AML systems gener…
  • 16 July 2019
    Webinar: 8:00 AM San Francisco | 11:00 AM New York | 4:00 PM London, United States
    After decades of slow-crawling development, risk and compliance is suddenly awash in new technologies and services aiming to remake every corner…
  • 17 May 2019
    Webinar: 8:00 AM San Francisco | 11:00 AM New York | 4:00 PM London, United States
    Operational and technology budgets for AML-KYC compliance have skyrocketed over the past decade, pushing firms to seek new ways to increase effic…
  • 28 March 2019
    IHS Markit will host a webinar discussion featuring Celent's Neil Katkov, PhD and Brad Bailey on the key findings from a recent report, "Crunch T…
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