Jean-Charles BRISARD

Jean-Charles Brisard is an international consultant on business intelligence and investigation, and expert on terrorism and terrorism financing.

He is Founder and Chairman of the Center for the Analysis of Terrorism (CAT), a European think-tank created in 2014 with former counterterrorism judges Marc Trévidic from France and Baltasar Garzon Real from Spain, along with Michael Chandler, former head of the UN al-Qaeda sanctions committee and ten of the most renowned international experts on terrorism in the world. As head of the CAT, he co-authored several research reports on ISIS financing, on the judicial treatment of the French jihadists, and on the ISIS networks in Europe.

He authored the first and most exhaustive study ever written on the financial network of the Bin Laden organization, “The economic environment of Osama Bin Laden“, providing evidence of links between Islamic NGOs and terrorist networks. His report was written for the French intelligence community and published by the French National Assembly in 2001. He testified on his work before the US Congress Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, before the US Senate Banking Committee and reported on terrorism financing for the President of the UN Security Council.

From 2002 until 2010, he served as chief investigator and expert for lawyers representing families of the 9/11 victims. He also served as an expert, investigator or witness in several prosecutions of terrorism financing and money laundering cases in France, Switzerland, the UK and the United States. He provides training to the French authorities on terrorism and currently teaches counterterrorism at the French Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Strasbourg.

Jean-Charles Brisard authored Forbidden Truth: U.S.-taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy And The Failed Hunt For Bin Laden in 2002 and Zarqawi, The New Face of Al-Qaeda in 2005.

Born in 1968, Jean-Charles Brisard earns a Master of Advanced Studies in Public International Law of the Paris University of Law, a Master’s degree in Comparative Law from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, and he studied Diplomacy at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

In 2008, he was appointed as Knight in the French National Order of Merit by President Nicolas Sarkozy.