Shlomit Wagman


Dr. Wagman is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard Law School and a Research Fellow at the M-RCBG at the Kennedy School of Government.

Until 2022, she was the Director-General of the Israel Anti-Money Laundering and Terror Financing Authority (IMPA), a financial regulator and law enforcement agency. She designed national policy in the field, including cryptocurrencies, and led hundreds of money laundering and terrorism financing investigations leading to the seizures of billions of illicit funds. Under her leadership, IMPA was ranked as one of the 3 most effective FIUs worldwide. She Led Israel’s accession to the FATF, the international watchdog that sets the global policy in the field of AML/CFT, and served as the Co-Chair of the FATF operational working group.

In addition, she served as the acting Director-General of the Israel Privacy Protection Authority, where she produced an unprecedented number of regulatory opinions, led innovative enforcement actions, and handled mega national data-leaks and cybersecurity attacks. The Supreme Court adopted her positions in two fundamental national cases: in limiting the Israeli Security Agency (Shin Beit) from monitoring citizens during COVID 19, and in striking down the transfer of citizens’ health data to local municipalities.

Prior to joining the government, she worked at leading law firms, including Wachtell-Lipton in NYC and Gross-Hodak in Israel. She is the co-editor of the book “Cybercrime” (NYU Press, 2007). She served as an adjunct lecturer at Tel Aviv University and Raichman University and was a fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School (2003–2007).

She holds J.S.D. and LL.M. degrees from Yale Law School and LL.B. from the Hebrew University (magna cum laude). She clerked for the Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, the Honorable Aharon Barak.

Her current areas of interest include Web3 and its potential impact on the global economy, financial crimes, RegTech, financial regulation, privacy and data protection. In Fall 2023 she taught a course on “Web3, digital assets and the future of global economy”, exploring how Web3 technologies may disrupt, change and improve the traditional economy and the balance of powers around it.