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Ali Soufan

Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group


Ali Soufan is the founder of The Soufan Center and Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group.

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 also served on the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the agency’s New York Office, where he coordinated both domestic and international counterterrorism operations. He often operated out of hostile environments and carried out sensitive extra-territorial missions and high-level negotiations, and has received numerous awards and commendations for his counter-terrorism work. 

A leading national security and counterterrorism expert, Mr. Soufan continues to play a significant advisory role on today's most sensitive issues, including serving on the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, Presidential Commissions, the British Parliament's Home Affairs Committee, and appeared as an expert panelist and as a guest speaker at international security forums, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Soufan has been profiled and interviewed and has also contributed to leading shows and publications worldwide, including 60 Minutes, Frontline, The New Yorker, Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Straits Times, Der Spiegel, Asharq Alawsat and leading shows on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. He is the author of The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, "The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al Qaeda” and the forthcoming “Anatomy of Terror.”