Juan C. Zarate

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Transnational Threats Project and Human Rights Initiative

Juan Zarate is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), chairman and cofounder of the Financial Integrity Network, and a visiting lecturer in law at the Harvard Law School. Mr. Zarate also serves as chairman and senior counselor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF), as senior national security analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and as a senior fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Mr. Zarate served as the deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism from 2005 to 2009, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. government’s counterterrorism strategy and policies related to transnational security threats. Mr. Zarate was the first ever assistant secretary of the treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, where he led domestic and international efforts to attack terrorist financing, the innovative use of the Treasury Department’s national security–related powers, and the global hunt for Saddam Hussein’s assets. Mr. Zarate is a former federal prosecutor who served on terrorism prosecution teams prior to 9/11, including the investigation of the USS Cole attack. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including the Treasury Medal.

Mr. Zarate sits on several boards, including HSBC’s Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee (FSVC) and the HBMX FSVC, the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF), the Board of Advisors to the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, America Abroad Media’s (AAM) Board of Advisors, the RANE Network Board, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group, and the Coinbase Board of Advisors. He is a senior adviser to several technology companies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Zarate is the author of Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare (PublicAffairs, 2013), Forging Democracy (University Press of America, 1994), and a variety of articles in the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, LA Times, Washington Quarterly, and other publications. He is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a former Rotary International Fellow (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain). He has been inducted into the Mater Dei High School Ring of Honor.