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David Asher

CSIF Board of Advisors

Biography:

Dr. David Asher serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Asher is one of the world's most accomplished practitioners in the identification and pursuit of illicit financing and facilitation schemes. Over the last decade, he has advised the leadership of SOCOM, CENTCOM, DEA, and the Departments of Defense, Treasury, State, and Justice on top counter threat finance priorities, including targeting the finances of Hezbollah, Iran, Al Qaeda in Iraq, ISIL, the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and multiple drug cartels. He personally conceived of and spearheaded several of the highest profile anti-money laundering actions in history, including USA Patriot Act (Section 311) designations of Banco Delta Asia against North Korea (2005), the Lebanese Canadian Bank (2011), and the Halawi and Rmeity exchange houses in Beirut (2013). From 2002-2005, Dr. Asher organized and ran the North Korea Illicit Activities Initiative (IAI) for the National Security Council and the Department of State (where he served as North Korea Working Group Special Coordinator). The IAI was one of the most ambitious and successful global law enforcement and coercive economic efforts in history, producing hundreds of criminal indictments and arrests internationally and immobilizing hundreds of millions of dollars in North Korean external financial assets, while wreaking dissension inside the North Korean regime.

Outside of government, Dr. Asher has over 15 years of experience in and around the international financial community, including working for and advising major hedge funds on activist investing, global macro, and long-short equity, focused on Japan. He currently is a principal with Vital Venture Capital, Chairman of Sayari Analytics, and a member of the Advisory Board of BCA Research. Asher graduated from Cornell University and received his doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He is fluent in Japanese.

Fmr Official: Obama Admin ‘Systematically Disbanded’ Units Investigating Iran’s Terrorism Financing

8th June 2017 – Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Free Beacon

Fmr Official: Obama Admin ‘Systematically Disbanded’ Units Investigating Iran’s Terrorism Financing

David Asher

The Obama administration "systematically disbanded" law enforcement investigative units across the federal government focused on disrupting Iranian, Syrian, and Venezuelan terrorism financing networks out of concern the work could cause friction with Iranian officials and scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran, according to a former U.S. official who spent decades dismantling terrorist financial networks. more...

Analysis & Commentary

8th July 2017 – Quoted by Emili J. Blasco - ABC International

Obama ordenó dejar de investigar la conexión Venezuela-Hizbolá

David Asher, Emanuele Ottolenghi

La Administración Obama ordenó dejar de investigar los nexos entre Hizbolá, Irán y Venezuela para no entorpecer el acuerdo que internacionalmente se negociaba con Teherán sobre la capacidad nuclear iraní, finalmente alcanzado en julio de 2015. more...

8th June 2017 – Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Free Beacon

Fmr Official: Obama Admin ‘Systematically Disbanded’ Units Investigating Iran’s Terrorism Financing

David Asher

The Obama administration "systematically disbanded" law enforcement investigative units across the federal government focused on disrupting Iranian, Syrian, and Venezuelan terrorism financing networks out of concern the work could cause friction with Iranian officials and scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran, according to a former U.S. official who spent decades dismantling terrorist financial networks. more...