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Yaya J. Fanusie

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Director of Analysis

Areas of Impact:

Cyber and FinTech

Biography:

Yaya J. Fanusie is the director of analysis for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF).

Yaya spent seven years as both an economic and counterterrorism analyst in the CIA, where he regularly briefed White House-level policy makers, U.S. military personnel, and federal law enforcement. In 2008, he personally briefed President George W. Bush on terrorism threats, and in 2009, he spent three months in Afghanistan providing analytic support to senior military officials.

After government service, Yaya worked with a small consulting firm where he led a team of analysts working on a multi-billion-dollar recovery effort involving a global corruption ring. He also operated his own consulting practice training firms specializing in strategic analysis and business due-diligence.

Yaya received an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley.

Yaya J. Fanusie is the director of analysis for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF).

Yaya spent seven years as both an economic and counterterrorism analyst in the CIA, where he regularly briefed White House-level policy makers, U.S. military personnel, and federal law enforcement. In 2008, he personally briefed President George W. Bush on terrorism threats, and in 2009, he spent three months in Afghanistan providing analytic support to senior military officials.

After government service, Yaya worked with a small consulting firm where he led a team of analysts working on a multi-billion-dollar recovery effort involving a global corruption ring. Most recently, he has operated his own consulting practice training firms specializing in strategic analysis and business due-diligence.

Yaya received an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley.

The Crypto Community Must Use the Blockchain to Self-Police

28th April 2018 – CoinDesk

The Crypto Community Must Use the Blockchain to Self-Police

Yaya J. Fanusie

Self-policing illicit activity on the blockchain may soon be a necessity for the cryptocurrency space. The everyday cryptocurrency enthusiast in the future is likely to spend time identifying illicit wallets and transactions to avoid. The U.S. Treasury Department has made that inevitable. more...

Analysis & Commentary

10th May 2018 – Quoted by Tim Johnson - McClatchy

The trouble with bitcoin: Keeping it from getting hacked, lost or stolen

Yaya J. Fanusie

Here are the drawbacks with digital currencies: Hackers and scammers can make them vanish. If an owner has a poor memory, the bitcoins can get locked for eternity in an electronic wallet, like a fly in amber. more...

28th April 2018 – CoinDesk

The Crypto Community Must Use the Blockchain to Self-Police

Yaya J. Fanusie

Self-policing illicit activity on the blockchain may soon be a necessity for the cryptocurrency space. The everyday cryptocurrency enthusiast in the future is likely to spend time identifying illicit wallets and transactions to avoid. The U.S. Treasury Department has made that inevitable. more...

24th April 2018 – Quoted by Aaron Stanley - Forbes

Analyst: Don’t Write Off Venezuelan Petro Implications

Yaya J. Fanusie

Ask anybody in crypto or blockchain circles about the Venezuelan petro and you’ll likely get a predictable eyeroll response, but one former counterrorism analyst says the imbroglio needs to be taken more seriously the community. more...

25th March 2018 – CoinDesk

Crypto Investors Should Stay Away from Venezuela’s Petro

Yaya J. Fanusie, Michaela Frai

Venezuela has reportedly made the first state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, available to the public. Crypto investors should just say no. more...