Tiedemann Advisors Speaker Series

Digital Assets 101
A conversation with Yaya Fanusie

Join us for a conversation with Yaya Fanusie, former CIA analyst and policy expert on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

Yaya will discuss the basics of digital assets to help us better understand how we reached this moment in the new age of digital currencies and the race for the future of money.

In this webinar, we will cover questions including:

  • What is cryptocurrency?
  • How is cryptocurrency different than a credit card or digital money today?
  • Are all digital currencies considered cryptocurrency?
  • What is the way forward for the regulatory environment of bitcoin, ethereum, and how will stable coins and central bank digital currencies play a role in the future of money?

The conversation is moderated by Tiedemann Advisors' Director of Digital Asset Education Michael Greenwald.

  This event took place on August 5, 2021.

Listen to the recording here.

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About Our Speaker

Yaya J. Fanusie
    • Renowned cryptocurrency policy expert
    • Founder, Cryptocurrency AML Strategies, LLC
    • Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security
    • Former CIA Analyst

Yaya worked as an economic analyst and counterterrorism analyst for the CIA, where he produced analysis and briefings for the most senior-level officials of the U.S. government, including the President.

After leaving government service, Yaya worked for a small consulting firm focused on financial asset recovery cases involving global corruption. Later, at the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, he coauthored research on Bitcoin money laundering and facilitated public-private information-sharing between between cryptocurrency industry leaders and financial authorities.

Yaya founded Cryptocurrency AML Strategies, LLC after several years of pioneering research and analysis on the nexus between cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and U.S. national security.

Yaya also is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a national security think tank in Washington, D.C. Yaya has testified before the U.S. Congress (as recently as on July 14th) and the House Financial Services Committee multiple times on terrorist financing. He is sought after by national and global media outlets to speak on fintech and illicit finance issues. Yaya also developed and taught an introductory blockchain course at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Moderated by:

MGMichael Greenwald
    • Director, Tiedemann Advisors
    • Head of Digital Asset Education
    • Former U.S. Treasury Attaché to Qatar and Kuwait


Michael is responsible for managing a number of Tiedemann’s client relationships and overseeing their advisors to provide solutions that address the challenges of stewardship of wealth over generations. As a member of the firm’s business development and strategy team, he is a referral resource for attorneys and accountants. Michael is also Director of Digital Asset Education, in which role he provides education across the firm on issues related to digital assets and blockchain technology.

Prior to joining Tiedemann in 2017, Michael worked in senior roles within the United States Treasury working with Africa and Europe. He served as a financial diplomat in the Middle East spanning the tenures of U.S. Treasury Secretaries Geithner, Lew, and Mnuchin. Greenwald initially served as the United States Treasury Policy Advisor for Europe. In this role, he was appointed head of the United States Delegation to the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism before the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Greenwald was part of the U.S. Treasury team that crafted U.S. sanctions against Russia, the largest U.S. sanctions program to date, and negotiated similar sanctions by Europe. Between 2015-2017, he served as the first United States Treasury Attaché appointed to Qatar and Kuwait and opened the Treasury Department’s office in Doha, Qatar. He also served in a variety of counterterrorism roles in the U.S. Intelligence Community and in the Office of General Council at the U.S Treasury. Greenwald worked closely with the National Security Council at the White House tackling issues and crafting sanctions programs related to countering ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Ukraine/Russia, Syria, and North Korea.

Michael is a frequent speaker, writer and commentator on international security, the Middle East and the global economy. He has been featured on CNBC; published in Barrons; and given lectures at The Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard, Yale Law School, Stanford, and Northwestern Business School, Doha.

Michael earned a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law, a Master of Arts from Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Washington University. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, Michael resides in Palm Beach, FL with his wife.