The Official Bio
Juan is an international thought leader in strategy, operational excellence and leadership in the anti-money laundering and regulatory compliance domains, and has been recognized as a pioneer in the development of compliance and risk management best practices for the money transfer industry and the emerging blockchain and Bitcoin industries.
He is a sought-after mentor and advisor at various crypto-currency and technology start-ups, and writes about risk and virtual currencies in his blog. In addition, he serves as a member of the Bitcoin Foundation‘s Regulatory Affairs and Education Committees, co-Chair of DATA’s AML Working Group, and COALA Global’s Regulatory Oversight Working Group.
Since 2002, Juan has been building and managing compliance programs all over the world –while dedicating his work to supporting the underserved and unbanked. During this time, Juan helped develop a large portfolio of innovative monetary services and tools –such as bill payments, money transfer products and Mexico’s first pre-paid debit card. Juan co-developed this suite of new financial services at Unidos Financial Services, Inc. and Remesas Quisqueyana, Inc., holding a number of senior positions, while building a reputation as an internationally recognized compliance thought leader. More recently, Juan was EVP of Strategic Partnerships and Chief Transparency Officer at Bitreserve.org (today, Uphold), and EVP of Business Development at blockchain analytics startup Skry (formerly, Coinalytics). In March 2017 he joined ConsenSys as Entrepreneur in Residence and FinTech & RegTech Lead, and left in October 2018 to focus on his advisory firm Juan Llanos Advisors, and his regtech startup fund and incubator MultipleStartups. His mission is to “reduce the cost of running civilization.”
A Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist since 2003, Juan has been a lecturer, moderator, panelist and organizer of Anti-Money Laundering, Bitcoin, Blockchain and Regulatory Compliance conferences, seminars, workshops and webcasts on dozens of occasions around the globe.
In August of 2008, Juan was granted permanent resident status by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services “by reason of extraordinary ability” in the fields of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT).