The Soufan Center’s dynamic team of research and policy analysts, with diverse professional, educational and cultural backgrounds — including experience in human rights; international development; federal, state and local government; law enforcement; and military — leverage subject matter expertise against real-world experience to offer world-class investigative methodologies, innovative analytical tools, and contextualized, actionable solutions.

Ali Soufan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group and Founder of The Soufan Center. He is a leading national security and counterterrorism expert and serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. 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. He has received numerous awards, including the Director of the FBI’s Award for Excellence in Investigation and the Respect for Law Enforcement Award for “relentless pursuit of truth and bringing terrorist subjects before the bar of justice.” He is the author of “Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State” and “The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al Qaeda.”
Meredith Stricker is Executive Director of The Soufan Center. She has over ten years of experience in the human rights, peace and security and development sectors, working on gender policy, anti-poverty programs and efforts to reduce violence in the United States, East and West Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Previously, as the Program Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG), based in Washington D.C., Ms. Stricker worked with a network of foundations and philanthropists that make grants of over $350 million in annual giving in the peace and security sector, and took a leadership role in general relationship building with both partners in government and the practitioner communities. She also led the PSFG’s Working Groups on Preventing Violence (focused on so-called “countering violent extremism” efforts) and Gender and Conflict.

Joseph “Joe” Simon Donnelly Sr. serves as Chairman of The Board of The Soufan Center. He is a lawyer and former United States Senator from Indiana from 2013 to 2019. He was also the U.S. Representative from Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District from 2007 to 2013. As a Senator, he worked extensively on issues concerning the military services and agriculture, having been assigned to the Committee on Armed Services, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. Senator Donnelly also served on the Banking Committee. He was the Ranking Member of the Banking Subcommittee for National Security and International Trade and Finance.
Michael G. Masters serves in an Of Counsel role with The Soufan Group and Soufan Group Strategies, and as the President of The Soufan Center. He also acts as the National Director of the Secure Community Network and as a Senior Advisor to CivicScape. He serves on the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Foreign Fighter Task Force. Mr. Masters previously worked as the Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, Illinois and served on the Executive Board of the FBI’s Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Colin P. Clarke is a Senior Research Fellow at The Soufan Center. Clarke is also an assistant teaching professor in the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also has responsibilities with the Institute for Strategic Analysis (ISA) and serves on the executive board for the Masters of Information Technology Strategy (MITS) program. Before coming to CMU, Clarke spent nearly a decade at the RAND Corporation where he was a senior political scientist focusing on terrorism, insurgency and criminal networks. Clarke is the author of Terrorism, Inc.: The Financing of Terrorism, Insurgency, and Irregular Warfare (2015) and Terrorism: The Essential Reference Guide(2018), both published by ABC-CLIO/Praeger Security International. His forthcoming book, After the Caliphate: The Islamic State and the Terrorist Diaspora will be published by Polity Press in the spring of 2019.
Stephanie Foggett works on Strategic Partnerships and Engagement at The Soufan Center. She has worked extensively on international security issues, in particular international terrorism and emergent security challenges. Ms. Foggett has previously worked at an international strategic consultancy specializing in public affairs, public diplomacy, and communications for a range of government and non-profit clients. From 2012 to 2015, she worked in the Emerging Security Challenges Division at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. She has additional experience in academic research, political risk consultancy, and domestic politics – in addition to work in support of the United Nations Women, Peace & Security agenda as a Senior Researcher on a NATO-supported project on gender integration in armed forces.

Richard Barrett is a Senior Fellow at The Soufan Center and a former British diplomat and intelligence officer. Mr. Barrett is an internationally recognized expert on violent extremism and the measures that can be taken against it. From March 2004 to January 2013, Mr. Barrett headed the United Nations Monitoring Team concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban. He also worked with the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), where he led Working Groups on terrorist use of the Internet and on countering the appeal of terrorism. Before being appointed to head the Monitoring Team, Mr. Barrett worked for the British government in the Security Service (MI5), the Foreign Office and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and was the Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations. Mr. Barrett is a fellow of the New America Foundation, Washington, and of the Royal United Services Institute, London, and an adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sajid Farid Shapoo is a highly decorated Indian Police Service officer and a two-star general with 20 years of progressively senior experience in high profile counter terror assignments. He has in-depth experience in Counter-terror Investigations and Intelligence Operations. He is among the rare officers who have been twice conferred with Gallantry Medal, the highest bravery award, by the President of India. He is also a recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Services conferred to him by the President of India for his exemplary and unblemished service career. He served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at City University of New York and as an adjunct Instructor at Columbia University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Security Studies at Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.

Richard M. Frankel is a Senior Fellow at The Soufan Center and has previously worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has served as the Associate Director of National Intelligence and Senior FBI Representative to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence with the responsibility for overseeing and managing domestic intelligence relationships. Mr. Frankel oversaw criminal investigations, as well as undercover and tactical operations, while actively working to lead organizational transformational efforts to transition to a threat-based, intelligence-led operating posture. A recognized authority in complex investigations, asset recovery, cyber issues and crisis management, Frankel also provides regular insight on terrorism, criminal and intelligence related matters. Mr. Frankel’s government service began as Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County, New York.
Carlos Fernandez is a Senior Fellow with The Soufan Center and a former FBI agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division. He has investigated the East Africa bombings and the USS Cole before being promoted to Assistant Legal Attaché in Yemen. In 2009, Mr. Fernandez was appointed the senior FBI official to the Joint Special Operations Command and in 2015, he was named the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Counterterrorism Division. During his tenure, he led the FBI’s investigations of the Chelsea, New York City bombing and ensured the security of the largest gathering of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. Since leaving the FBI in the summer of 2017, Mr. Fernandez has worked as Chief Security Officer for Viacom. He has received multiple awards and recognitions, including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the FBI Director’s Investigative Excellence Award and the George H. W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism. Mr. Fernandez is a former Marine.