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In Conversation with Mike Morell: A Former CIA Director’s View of Technology and National Security

June 24, 11:00 AM ET

Join us for another session of Links, where Chainalysis co-founder Jonathan Levin will sit down with Michael Morell, the Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency to discuss issues currently facing the cryptocurrency industry.

In this session, we’ll discuss:

  • Morell’s latest paper where he reaches two conclusions: first, that concerns about the use of bitcoin in illicit finance are exaggerated significantly, and second, that blockchain analysis is very effective in crime-fighting and intelligence
  • What it will take to bring together American businesses and government agencies to win the war of innovation
  • Broader questions surrounding technological competitiveness in the United States

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Hear from the Expert

  • Michael Morell

    Former Deputy Director, 
    Central Intelligence Agency

  • Daniel Vogel

    Co-founder and CEO,
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  • James Lee

    Chief,
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About the Speakers

  • Jonathan Levin

    Jonathan Levin is Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company. In his role as CSO, he is responsible for designing long-term strategic initiatives that help government agencies, cryptocurrency businesses, and financial institutions investigate illicit activity, comply with regulations, and mitigate risk through anti-money laundering technology and education. Jonathan is regularly called upon to testify for the U.S. Congress and other government hearings on the emerging risks and opportunities in cryptocurrencies. He is also a mentor for the Techstars Alchemist Blockchain accelerator.

    Prior to Chainalysis, he was the CEO of Coinometrics, which provided the first dashboard of blockchain intelligence. He was also a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford, where he researched cryptocurrencies.

    Jonathan holds a BSC in Economics from Bristol University and Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford. He lives in New York.

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About the Speaker

Michael Morell
Michael Morell is the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA, and one of the leading national security professionals, with experience in intelligence and foreign policy. Morell has been at the forefront of the United State’s fight against terrorism, including work to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Morell is the author of the New York Times bestseller on the CIA’s nearly 20-year fight against al-Qaida, titled “The Great War of Our Time: An Insider’s Account of the CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism – From al-Qaida to ISIS.” He served as a member of President Obama’s 2013 Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology and as a member of the 2018 Commission on the National Defense Strategy, a commission appointed by Congress to help it understand the nation’s defense needs.

Today, Morell is involved in a wide range of activities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fortress Investment Group, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orbis Operations, Senior Counselor and Global Chairman of the Geopolitical Risk Practice at Washington’s fastest-growing consulting firm, Beacon Global Strategies, and an advisor to a large number of private sector entities.

Morell is a first-generation college student, earning a B.A. summa cum laude in economics from the University of Akron. He also earned an M.A. in economics from Georgetown University.

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  • About Jonathan Levin

    Jonathan Levin is Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company. In his role as CSO, he is responsible for designing long-term strategic initiatives that help government agencies, cryptocurrency businesses, and financial institutions investigate illicit activity, comply with regulations, and mitigate risk through anti-money laundering technology and education. Jonathan is regularly called upon to testify for the U.S. Congress and other government hearings on the emerging risks and opportunities in cryptocurrencies. He is also a mentor for the Techstars Alchemist Blockchain accelerator.

    Prior to Chainalysis, he was the CEO of Coinometrics, which provided the first dashboard of blockchain intelligence. He was also a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford, where he researched cryptocurrencies.

    Jonathan holds a BSC in Economics from Bristol University and Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford. He lives in New York.

  • About Hannah Burke

    Hannah joined ShapeShift, a non-custodial cryptocurrency trading platform, in November 2019 as Director of Compliance. She is responsible for overseeing day-to-day AML and sanctions compliance functions. Before joining ShapeShift, Hannah held related roles at Goldman Sachs, IBM, and MG Stover & Co., a crypto-focused fund administration firm. Hannah received her BS in Finance and Risk Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner.

  • About Noah Perlman

    Noah Perlman joined Gemini as its Chief Compliance Officer in October 2019. Prior to joining Gemini, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he ran its Global Financial Crimes program. Mr. Perlman joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 after two years serving as the Division Counsel for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division. Prior to Mr. Perlman’s affiliation with DEA he served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York where he held several supervisory posts including Special Coordinator for Crimes against Children and Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Section. Mr. Perlman clerked for the Honorable I. Leo Glasser of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his law degree from Columbia University Law School.