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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.

Bitcoin Laundering: An Analysis of Illicit Flows into Digital Currency Services

12th January 2018 – FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Research Memo

Bitcoin Laundering: An Analysis of Illicit Flows into Digital Currency Services

Yaya J. Fanusie

Bitcoin gambling sites, “mixers” and European Bitcoin exchange may be the destinations of choice for criminals looking to launder bitcoins, according to a study issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) and cryptocurrency analytics firm Elliptic. more...

Analysis & Commentary

6th February 2018 – CNN

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

Yaya J. Fanusie

FDD's Yaya Fanusie join's CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to discuss North Korean cyber-hacking. more...

6th February 2018 – Quoted by La Stampa

Bitcoin (in picchiata) e il riciclaggio: tutto quello che sappiamo

Yaya J. Fanusie

Il prezzo di Bitcoin è crollato di nuovo nelle ultime ore scendendo sotto la soglia dei 6.000 dollari arrivando a 5.900 per poi recuperare a 6.500 dollari. more...

31st January 2018 – Quoted by MH&L

What in the World is a Blockchain?

Yaya J. Fanusie

A survey of C-level corporate executives conducted by RANE found that many lack a clear understanding of the technology or benefits of blockchain, a distributed ledger that can permanently record transactions between two parties. more...

30th January 2018 – Quoted by Samuel Haig - Bitcoin.com

Europol and Interpol to Increase Measures Against BTC Laundering

Yaya J. Fanusie

A two-day workshop involving over sixty financial investigators in Basel, Switzerland has seen Europol and Interpol agree upon a range of measures designed to ramp up efforts to combat the use of cryptocurrencies for money laundering and terrorist financing purposes. The event saw attendance from over 60 international financial investigators. more...