David Carlisle

Associate Fellow


David Carlisle is an an expert on the intersection of cryptocurrencies and financial crime. He is the Head of Community at Elliptic, a London-based provider of blockchain analytics and AML solutions related to cryptocurrencies, where he leads engagement with regulatory bodies and other external stakeholders.

David has more than a decade of experience working on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) issues in both the public and private sector. He previously worked for the United States Department of the Treasury, including in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), where he was involved in the design and implementation of US financial and economic sanctions programmes involving countries such as Myanmar and Iran. In subsequent roles, David advised senior Treasury officials on a wide range of topics related to sanctions, money laundering and terrorist financing, and acted as a liaison for the Treasury when engaging governments in the Asia-Pacific region on financial crime issues.

Since 2012, David has been based in London, where as an AML consultant he advised the private sector and civil society organisations on a range of financial crime-related issues. This included a diverse range of projects, from providing training to regulated firms on their AML/CTF compliance obligations, to work with non-governmental organisations involved in countering the illegal trade in wildlife.

David has produced Occasional Papers for RUSI on topics such as improving financial intelligence sharing, and on the challenges and opportunities of cryptocurrencies. This includes an April 2019 paper on North Korea's use of cryptocurrencies, as well as a report on terrorist financing and cryptocurrencies produced for the European Parliament in June 2018.

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