Hanna Deleanu is a postdoctoral fellow at Utrecht University and leads the Regulation of Innovation: FinTech research group at the Faculty of Economics, Law and Governance. 

Deleanu's work focuses on the design of governance mechanisms that reduce financial crime: corruption and money laundering.​ 

Deleanu's research intends to help regulators address the risks generated by novel financial technologies – Blockchain and virtual currencies – without crushing innovation.



Deleanu, I.S., van Esch, F.A.W.J., & Galema, R.J. De culturele dimensie van cryptovalutahandel, TPE digitaal (Accepted) (2019) 

Cryptovaluta vormen een bedreiging voor gevestigde financiële instellingen doordat zij een potentieel efficiënter alternatief voor geldtransacties bieden. Daarnaast worden ze gebruikt door anti-overheidsbewegingen en zijn ze een lucratief instrument voor financiële speculatie. In veel landen wordt in cryptovaluta gehandeld, maar hoeveel dit gebeurtvarieert sterk per land. In dit artikel onderzoeken we of culturele waarden, zoals gemeten door Hofstede, de mate van cryptovalutahandel kunnen verklaren. Hiervoor gebruiken we een paneldataset met volumes en aantallen cryptovalutabeurzen per land voor 27 landen van 2015 tot 2018. We laten zien dat landen die relatief hoog scoren op de culturele waarde machtsafstand en individualiteit, meer cryptovalutabeurzen hebben en grotere volumes verhandelen. Verder vinden we dat landen die relatief hoog scoren op onzekerheidsvermijding, minder cryptovalutabeurzen hebben.

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Cryptocurrencies: facts, failures and the future.

Workshop leader | 23 October 2018 | Amsterdam

I presented my research on cryptocurrencies: the ecosystems they have generated; the regulatory framework in which they operate; and the risks of them being used in white collar crime to a group of 30 analysts, policymakers and supervisors of the Dutch National Bank.



PhD in Public Sector Economics
Utrecht University, NL                        Oct. 2015

Thesis supervised by Prof. dr. Brigitte Unger (Utrecht School of Economics) and Prof. dr. François Kristen (Utrecht School of Law). Written in the spirit of Behavioral Law and Economics, the thesis concluded with a set of actionable projects in the area of cash-based tax evasion, law enforcement cooperation, and statistics-based country evaluation. Thesis can be downloaded here.

MPhil. Multidisciplinary Economics
Utrecht University, NL                        Jun. 2010

Master thesis: Deleanu, Ioana S. Incentive constraints and relational stability of trust when agents have Prospect Theory preferences, UU Master Thesis repository, 2010.

BSc. Economics and Law
Utrecht University, NL                        Jun. 2008

Minored in Law and completed the USE Honors Program in addition.


Deleanu, Ioana S. "Bitcoin reguleren: een huzarenstukje", Economisch Statistische Berichten, vol. 102, no. 4753S, 2017, pp. 88-92. (Media)

Deleanu, Ioana S. “Do Countries Consistently Engage in Misinforming the International Community about Their Efforts to Combat Money Laundering? Evidence Using Benford’s Law”, PLOS ONE, vol. 12, no. 1, 2017. (PPT)

Ferwerda, Joras, Ioana S. Deleanu, and Brigitte Unger. “Corruption in Public Procurement: Finding the Right Indicators”, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, vol. 22, 2016, pp. 1-23. (PPT)

Deleanu, Ioana S. “The role of information for successful AML policy.” Research Handbook on Money Laundering, edited by Brigitte Unger and Daan van der Linde, Edward Elgar, 2013, pp. 462-473.


Deleanu, Ioana S. Anti-Money laundering efforts – failures, fixes and the future, Ridderprint, 2015.

Unger, Brigitte, Joras Ferwerda, Melissa van den Broek and Ioana S. Deleanu. The Economic and Legal Effectiveness of the European Union’s Anti-Money Laundering Policy, Edward Elgar, 2014.

Commercial Research Projects

Member of the NYU GovLab Research Team

Apr. 2017 - Sept. 2017 | Smart Crowdsourcing against Corruption

Conducted research on the application of smart crowdsourcing techniques to counter corruption - e.g. create better measurements of corruption in sensitive public sectors; and improve the tracking of money flows in the public procurement sector. We interviewed hundreds of data scientists, scholars, and open government activists and translated their insights into easy to implement public policies. The final report can be downloaded here.

Member of the Ecorys Team           

Jun. 2015 – Dec. 2015 | Ministry of Security and Justice| WODC  Report

Responsible for collecting (qualitative and quantitative) data for the final report. The team delivered an assessment of the tools and methods that help law enforcement best in stepping up the use of financial investigations and cross-border cooperation in the fight against serious and organised crime as well as terrorism. The final report can be downloaded here.

Member of the PwC, Ecorys & Utrecht University Consortium

Dec. 2012 – Jul. 2013| European Commission | OLAF/D6/57/2011

Responsible for designing the methodology, collecting data and compiling the final report. The consortium delivered an EU evaluation mechanism in the area of anti-corruption with a particular focus on identifying and reducing the costs of corruption in Public Procurement involving EU Funds. The final report can be downloaded here.

Member of the ECOLEF Team 

Dec. 2010 – Jul. 2013 | European Commission | JLS/2009/ISEC/AG/087
Evaluated the economic and legal effectiveness of the EU Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorist Financing policy. Participated in all research stages, including the design, execution, and dissemination. The final report can be downloaded


The BITCOIN promise

Studium Generale Lecture

October 2018

From fair production to perfect IDs: Blockchain has more applications than just Bitcoin. The lecture was part of the Studium Generale Technotopia series.

Radio 1 Interview

June 2018

Together with Michiel Dorresteijn we discussed Blockchain and Bitcoins: how they could help save the environment, when they are not used to further economic crime. 

Radio 1 Interview

Nov. 2017

Thijs van Dorssen asks experts to explain cryptocurrencies - their value, their uses, potential for abuse, and the challenges of effective supranational regulation.

ECU'92 Pub Lecture

Speaker | June 2018 | Utrecht

Together with Prof. Dr. Viktor van Kommer, we discusesd the importance of studying the economics of the illegal sector.

2nd International Conference on Anti-money Laundering

Keynote Speaker | March 2018 | Lisbon

The Conference organized in Lisbon by the Portuguese Observatory for Compliance and Regulation aims to promotes radical learning at a time when international and national regulations and policies with respect to the prevention and the  repression of money laundering and terrorism financing are in full swing. (PPT (Jornal Economico)


The Internet of Coins

Policy Advisor on AML | July 2017 - 

The Internet of Coins provides an ingenious solution that enables a non-intermediated exchange of value among different crypto-currencies. Their white-paper can be downloaded here.



ISD Researched Solutions

Founder |Sept. 2015 - 

Provide consultancy services and strategic solutions on countering white-collar crime

REBO Research Day 2018

Speaker | June 2018 | Utrecht

Academic presentation "Regulation of Innovation - FinTech" to an audience  of approx. 20 academics. 

The future of BITCOIN

Discussant | June 2018 | Leiden

Together with Michiel Dorresteijn and moderator Martijn van Calmthout we discussed Blockchain and Bitcoins: how they could help save the environment, when they are not used to further economic crime. This was part of the series "Aan tafel bij Frankenstein" that the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave organized during the Leiden 2018 Museum Night.

Open Government Partnership

IRM Researcher | Oct. 2018 - 

Conducted the End-of-Term Evaluation of Romania’s 2016-2018 National Action Plan on Open Governance. The final report is available here.

Innovation in Payment Systems 

Speaker | July 2017 | Den Haag

During the discussion organized by the ESB I presented my research on the impact that virtual currencies may have on the future of the customer identification standards that the international community uses to counter white-collar crime. See ESB oped.


Member of the COFFERS submission team |2016

Awarded a EUR 5 mln Horizon 2020 project by the European Union, as member of the submission team. The COFFERS project identifies deficiencies in the European fiscal systems and the way experts, governance mechanisms and taxpayers adapt to them.

Single-applicant | 2014 

Awarded a Seed money Scholarship by Utrecht University Cooperation, Self-Regulation and Collective Actions of Institutions. The grant encourages exceptional scholars to apply for research funding from the Dutch Research Organization (NWO) and the European Union.