Join us for a conversation with Yaya Fanusie, Director of Analysis, Center on Sanctions & Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology enable new ways to transfer value and are bringing about unique new business models to the world. But as with most technological innovation, these new tools also bring risks. This session will cover how criminals and other illicit actors are leveraging crypto/blockchain tools, how financial authorities around the world are working to investigate and counter such use, and the long term security implications of an emerging cryptocurrency ecosystem that operates outside the current financial system. Mr. Yaya J. Fanusie will bring insights gained as an expert working in the United States against terrorism and illicit finance threats for well over a decade. Yaya J. Fanusie is a senior fellow at FDD and expert at FDD’s Center on Economic and Financial Power. His research focuses on the national security implications of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and other technological innovations. Yaya spent seven years as both an economic and counterterrorism analyst in the CIA, where he regularly briefed federal law enforcement, U.S. military personnel, and White House-level policy makers—including President George W. Bush whom he personally briefed on terrorism threats in 2008. In 2009, he spent three months in Afghanistan providing analytic support to senior military officials. After government service, Yaya joined a small consulting firm where he led a team of analysts working on a multi-billion-dollar recovery effort involving a global corruption ring. Yaya recently co-authored a report titled, “Bitcoin Laundering: An Analysis of Illicit Flows into Digital Currency Services”, the first public domain analysis of how illicit digital currency is laundered around the globe. Yaya is a regular contributor at Forbes and regularly contributes analysis to the media both in print and on broadcast, including on CNN and Fox News. He has testified multiple times before Congress on a range of illicit finance issues. Yaya received an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Economics from The University of California, Berkeley. A networking reception will immediately follow the talk. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative, First State Fintech Lab and the Institute for Financial Services Analytics. Directions to University of Delaware Perkins Parking Garage Directions to Perkins Garage located at 401 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19716 can be found here. Perkins Parking Garage is attached to the Career Services Center [Lot 4C] After Exiting Perkins Parking Garage: Turn right onto Academy Street Continue on Academy Street to the Harker Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering (ISE) Lab located on the corner of Academy Street and Lovett Avenue. Cross Academy Street at Lovett Avenue and follow the path around the construction to the left. Evans Hall will be on your right. Enter the first door on the right. Take the second hallway on the left. The iSuite is on the left. If you need assistance on the day of your visit, please contact Wendy Jordan: (302) 383-5847 (mobile).