Kayla Izenman

Biography

Kayla was a Research Fellow at RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies before leaving in early September 2021. Her primary research projects focused on analysing and addressing the financial crime risks posed by new technology, primarily looking at cryptocurrency. 

Kayla led RUSI’s work on cryptocurrency and counter-proliferation finance, analysing North Korea’s use of crypto to evade sanctions and launder funds, and assisted the private and public sector in effectively working together to understand and mitigate the threat. She also conducted research on the use of crypto by other proliferators, terrorist groups, traffickers, and money-launderers, and assessed appropriate policy and regulatory responses for these risks.

Prior to joining RUSI, Kayla worked at both the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State. She holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Boston University, where she wrote her honour’s thesis on terrorist financing via cryptocurrency.


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