Donald Borelli

International Counter Terrorism - Joint Terrorism Task Force with the CIA

Inside the War on Global Terror - Unique Insights From the Front Line

About the Speaker

Don Borelli is a Senior Vice President of the Soufan Group.  Mr. Borelli is a 25-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he held high profile leadership positions, including Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and was responsible for top investigations and counterterrorism missions that spanned the globe.  He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, a Washington DC based non-profit organization devoted to research in the field global security. Mr. Borelli also served as the New York International Terrorism Program Manager, in which he was responsible for developing strategies to combat the terrorism threat to New York.  While in this position Mr. Borelli oversaw hundreds of international terrorism investigations, including all extraterritorial investigations in Europe, Canada, and Africa. As the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New York FBI office, Mr. Borelli oversaw numerous significant and fast-breaking terrorism investigations, including the 2009 plot to bomb the New York subway system by Najibullah Zazi; the 2008 capture and extradition of Bryant Neal Vinas, who plotted with Al Qaeda to plant bombs in the Long Island; Railroad; the kidnapping of New York Times investigative journalist David Rohde in Afghanistan' and the 2009 hijacking of Maersk Alabama by Somali Pirates. Before his New York assignment, Mr. Borelli served in the FBI's Legal Attache Office in Amman, Jordan.  During this three-year assignment as Assistant Legal Attaché, Mr. Borelli was responsible for all FBI matters in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Additionally, Mr. Borelli has been involved in many of the FBI's most significant cases, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, and the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. After September 11, 2001, Mr. Borelli spent approximately nine months in Pakistan, where his work helped uncover the location of a WBD laboratory outside Khandahar, Afghanistan.  Mr. Borelli also assisted in the arrest of Al Qaeda 9/11 plotter, Ramzi Binalshibh. Mr. Borelli has received numerous awards and commendations for his work.  He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.  He also has certifications in Weapons of Mass Destruction and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT.) He is also a Certified Police Instructor.