Ishita Guptan volunteers with the Digital Finance Institute and assists the Institute with its research initiatives.
Ishita is a graduate of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and has an Honours degree in International Relations and Development studies at the undergraduate level, with a minor is Spanish and Sociology.
While studying at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Ishita participated in a project on the global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regime and the dual role of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as both a standard setter and compliance enforcer. Her interest in financial crime and digital currency led her to pursue a consultancy with the Secretariat of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, where she collaborated with representatives from FinCEN and the FATF on a project involving Bitcoin and digital currencies.
She has several academic awards and scholarships to her credit. She has also travelled widely through Asia, Europe, and North America. Her passion for travel and knowledge about the travel industry led to her involvement with the Consular Policy and Programs Division at DFATD, where she researched the role of Canadian consulates and presented recommendations on how to make overseas travel for young Canadians a safe and healthy experience.
In addition to digital currencies and financial crime policy and research, Ishita is passionate about football and tennis.