Sharjah wonder girl Sitara sets another record

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At 17, self-taught Pakistani becomes youngest Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Sitara Brooj Akbar shows the certificate she received from the US-based Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, during an interview at her home in Sharjah.

Record-setting Sharjah girl Sitara Brooj Akbar now has another feather in her cap, becoming the youngest Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) at the age of 17.

The Pakistani teen had stepped into the limelight as an 11-year-old when she became the then youngest person to pass five subjects in O-Levels (formally called IGCSE in the UK education system) in 2011.

The CAMS is normally the reserve of seasoned bankers and law enforcement agents skilled in fighting serious financial crime, such as terrorism funding. The qualification is provided by the US-based Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

Sitara is interested in international cooperation and financial issues and wanted to equip herself with expertise in something that tied the two together.