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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 Russian DNC hack shows the US needs to get smart on crypto

6th August 2018 – Fifth Domain

The Russian DNC hack shows the US needs to get smart on crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

If the United States is going to stop Russia from hacking its next election, law enforcement and the intelligence community will need to get much smarter on how to catch adversaries who use cryptocurrencies. more...

Analysis & Commentary

6th August 2018 – Fifth Domain

The Russian DNC hack shows the US needs to get smart on crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

If the United States is going to stop Russia from hacking its next election, law enforcement and the intelligence community will need to get much smarter on how to catch adversaries who use cryptocurrencies. more...

3rd August 2018 – Quoted by Adam Hart - CoinDesk

Data Shows US Dollar, Not Japanese Yen, Is Dominating Bitcoin Trade

Yaya J. Fanusie

Japan may not be quite the cryptocurrency powerhouse that the world thinks it is. more...

12th July 2018 – Forbes

Good Crypto, Bad Crypto: Blockchain Projects Gaining Legitimacy While Spawning An Underground

Yaya J. Fanusie

The cryptocurrency ecosystem is diverging into an increasingly transparent, well-regulated space and an unregulated crypto underground likely to be exploited for illicit activity and the dark web. Recently, I spoke on a panel that included the chief compliance officer of Bittrex, one of the largest U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchanges, who implied that this divergence will take place in the next several years. But it is happening now. more...

4th July 2018 – Quoted by Julio Gil-Pulgar - Bitcoinist

Bitcoin’s Next Big Battle: Restoring Its Reputation

Yaya J. Fanusie

Throughout its short existence, Bitcoin has successfully confronted several challenges, such as technical issues and internal wars. It has also withstood relentless persecution from governments and powerful financial personages. However, although Bitcoin is undoubtedly not intrinsically illicit, it unfairly has a bad reputation. more...