The Crypto Council for Innovation is the global source for expertise and insight on how crypto is transforming global systems.

Evidence-based Analysis

We provide evidence-based analysis on how crypto’s transformative power can drive financial inclusion, protect national security and unlock economic opportunities for all.

Trusted Global Experts

Our teams in Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, London and Hong Kong, ensure our views are global and timely.

Values

We promote innovation, inclusive regulation and decentralization and work across the public and private sectors

Leadership

Sheila Warren

Chief Executive Officer

Sheila founded the World Economic Forum’s blockchain and digital assets team.

As a member of the Executive leadership team for the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, she oversaw strategy across 14 countries to advance the adoption of new technologies in the global public interest.

Sheila began her career as a Wall Street attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP after earning her J.D. at Harvard Law School. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Economics.

She is the co-host of Money Reimagined, a CoinDesk TV show and podcast.

Senator Cory Gardner

Chief Strategist of Political Affairs

Cory is a former U.S. Senator who honorably represented the state of Colorado from 2015 to 2021 after a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives.

During his tenure, Cory was consistently recognized as one of the most bi-partisan members of the Senate, sponsoring and passing milestone legislation like the Great American Outdoors Act, America COMPETES Act, the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act and the 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline. He served on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Linda Jeng

Chief Global Regulatory Officer and General Counsel

She is a Washington veteran, having spent most of her career in financial regulation and stability at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and other regulatory agencies, the Treasury Department, the Senate, and the Financial Stability Board in Switzerland.

Linda was the Chief Policy & Regulatory Officer for the Centre Consortium, the stablecoin standards organization, and the Global Head of Policy at the startup Transparent Financial Systems.

She is a Visiting Scholar on Financial Technology and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for International Economic Law and a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School.

Brett Quick

Head of Government Affairs, North America

Brett brings considerable public sector experience to her new role having worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in key financial services roles.

As staff director of the Senate Banking Committee's National Security, International Trade and Finance subcommittee and Deputy Chief of Staff for House Financial Services Committee Chairman Emeritus Spencer Bachus, Brett worked across the financial services ecosystem -- on Capitol Hill, with the administration, and across party lines in order to achieve lasting policy goals

Most recently, as Co-Head of Government Affairs for the Financial Services Forum, Brett has coordinated the macro prudential regulatory strategy of member companies with Congress and the agencies.

Yaya J. Fanusie

Director of Policy for AML & Cyber Risk

He spent seven years as an economic and counterterrorism analyst in the CIA, briefing federal law enforcement, military personnel, White House-level policy makers and the President.

After government service, he joined the think tank world and as Director of Analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance led research on sanctions evasion and terrorist financing threats. In 2016 he began tracking the illicit use of crypto and wrote some of the first public analysis on a terrorist crypto crowdfunding campaign. He later published a major study on efforts by Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and China to build national blockchain infrastructure.

Yaya is currently an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He is a frequent media commentator and has testified before Congress multiple times on illicit financing issues. He is considered a leading expert on China’s CBDC.

Annie Dizon

Chief Operating Officer

With more than 20 years of tech, operations, and marketing experience, Annie has held several senior executive positions at the global social impact nonprofit TechSoup; most recently serving as Vice President of Customer Experience.

Prior to TechSoup, she led marketing communications programs for leading Fortune 500 companies in the financial and professional services sectors.

Amanda Russo

Director of Communications

As a strategic communications advisor to CEOs, heads of state, and policymakers, Amanda worked on the World Economic Forum’s Public Engagement leadership team as Head of Media Content.

She led C-suite media relations and content for IHS Markit research divisions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Amanda started her career as a terrorism and intelligence analyst.

Advisors

Mark Foster

EU Policy Lead

Mark has over 20 years of experience advising public and private sector entities on EU policy and politics.

He started his career in European Parliament, working for two different MEPs before specializing in financial services at the UK’s Permanent Representation.

He is currently the co-founder of Odsy Network, and serves as the Executive Director of the Odsy Foundation. Previously he was the CEO of Algorand Foundation, where he built a global team to propel the blockchain protocol into a top-20 crypto asset by market cap during his tenure.

Since leaving the public sector he’s held senior roles in consultancy, trade associations and in-house in a globally operating financial institution before setting up his own strategic advisory business in 2022.

Sean Lee

Sean is an advisor and innovator of Web3 and FinTech platforms.

He has held elected, leadership roles in several Brussels-based trade associations before starting his own advisory business in 2022.

He advises crypto startups and engages in mentorship and advocacy programs including the MIT Entrepreneurship & FinTech Innovation Node and the Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School.

He is currently the co-founder of Odsy Network, and serves as the Executive Director of the Odsy Foundation. Previously he was the CEO of Algorand Foundation, where he built a global team to propel the blockchain protocol into a top-20 crypto asset by market cap during his tenure.

Katherine Wu

Prior to Archetype, she was the Senior Lead on the Coinbase Ventures team, where she led and scaled investment initiatives.

Katherine is a Venture Partner at Archetype, a venture capital firm focused on leading early investments in crypto startups.

Fellows

Christian Lansang

Christian worked on Project Hamilton as Technical Researcher at the Boston Federal Reserve. Before working at the Boston Fed, Christian analyzed Venezuelan stablecoin development and international manufacturing innovation at the Brookings Institution.

Christian graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law and received his degree in Science, Technology, and Society from Brown University.

Henley Hopkinton

Henley focuses on financial markets and their regulation both academically and professionally. During law school in the US, he spent time interning at the Treasury Department, the SEC, the CFTC, and the FTC, in addition to a summer associate position at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in M&A.

He has held elected, leadership roles in several Brussels-based trade associations before starting his own advisory business in 2022.

He holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown Law and is also an MSc candidate in Law & Finance at the University of Oxford concurrently with his work at the Crypto Council for Innovation. Previously, he was a Latin teacher in the UK.

Elizabeth Santucci

Elizabeth Santucci joins the Crypto Council as the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) first Digital Development Executive Fellow, a new initiative to build the technology skills of foreign service officers.

With USAID for 15 years, Elizabeth is an International Development Project Specialist with extensive experience designing projects with a focus on public-private partnerships and economic growth.

She has served overseas for USAID in Colombia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Nepal. Prior to USAID, she worked for the American Red Cross, UNICEF, and Habitat for Humanity International serving in Indonesia, India, and Fiji.

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