Retired Lebanese-American FBI Special Agent
Al Qaeda - Ten Years after 9/11
About the Speaker
Ali Soufan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Soufan Group LLC. Mr. Soufan is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent who investigated and supervised highly sensitive and complex international terrorism cases, including the East Africa Embassy Bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, and the events surrounding 9/11. Mr. Soufan is regarded as a leading national security and counter-terrorism expert, and continues to play a significant advisory role on today's most sensitive issues.
Mr. Soufan had a distinguished career in the FBI. He often operated out of hostile environments and carried out sensitive extra-territorial missions and high-level negotiations. Mr. Soufan also served on the Joint Terrorist Task Force, FBI New York Office, where he coordinated both domestic and international counter-terrorism operations.
Mr. Soufan has received numerous awards and commendations for his counter-terrorism work. These include the Director of the FBI's Award for Excellence in Investigation, the Respect for Law Enforcement Award for "relentless pursuit of truth and bringing terrorist subjects before the bar of justice," and a commendation from the U.S. Department of Defense that labeled him "an important weapon in the ongoing war on terrorism."
Mr. Soufan's work in the FBI was noticed by the former Mayor of New York, Rudolph W. Giuliani who hired him to serve as the Chief Operations Officer of the International Division of Giuliani Security & Safety LLC, a division of Giuliani Partners LLC. Mr. Soufan was instrumental in expanding the global reach of GSS.
Mr. Soufan serves as the Executive Director of the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) and as a Visiting Senior Fellow in the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He has appeared as an expert panelist and as a guest speaker at international security forums, both in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Soufan has been profiled, interviewed, and been a contributor to numerous publications worldwide, including the New Yorker, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Straits Times, and Asharq Alawsat. Mr. Soufan's record has also been detailed in non-fiction books, including "The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright.
Mr. Soufan is an Honors graduate from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where he received undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Political Science. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Villanova University where he received a Master of Arts in International Relations.