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.