With her focus on Microfinance when she was working on her MBA, Aya originally became interested in Bitcoin technology fascinated by its potential in Financial Inclusion in emerging markets. She joined Kraken and the
cryptocurrency sector in early 2013 and has globally educated the public, VCs, and regulators on the cryptocurrency/blockchain innovation and technologies. She secured the agreement between the MtGox bankruptcy trustee and Kraken, leading the projects for the investigation and other proceedings. She is a founding member of Japan Blockchain Association and spearheads JBA’s foreign relations. She is currently advising different cryptocurrency/blockchain projects both in the developed and the developing world, connecting the world with blockchain.