Aboutthe
Soufan Group

Team

ALI SOUFAN
CHAIRMAN & CEO

Ali Soufan is the 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.

MICHAEL G MASTERS
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Mr. Masters is the former Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, Illinois. He previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Chicago Police Department, helping to direct the policy, operations and strategy of the second largest local law enforcement agency in the United States.

STEPHEN WHITE
VICE PRESIDENT FOR EUROPE

Mr. White served for 26 years as a senior UK police officer and for five years as a Special Adviser to the European Union’s Secretary General and as the Head of Mission for the EU’s Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq.

RICHARD BARRETT
SENIOR ADVISOR

Mr. Barrett worked for 9 years at the United Nations on counterterrorism. Before that he spent more than 25 years with the British government working in the Security Service, the Foreign Office, and the Secret Intelligence Service.

BARRY GROSART
INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS MANAGER

Mr. Grosart is a veteran of the United Kingdom Special Force and has more than 35 years' experience in the security-risk management discipline.

MARK PRITCHARD
INTERNATIONAL ADVISOR

Mark Pritchard is an International Adviser of The Soufan Group. Mr. Pritchard is a Member of the UK Parliament.

James A McGee
Senior Program Manager

James A. McGee is a Senior Program Manager for The Soufan Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic State University and a Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. McGee has twenty-five combined years of law enforcement experience of which he spent twenty-one years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The Right Honourable Jeffrey Donaldson MP is an Associate of The Soufan Group. Mr. Donaldson served with the Ulster Defence Regiment (British Army) in Northern Ireland from 1981 to 1985, specialising in counter-terrorism operations.

Matthew Lester
Research Analyst

Mr. Lester is an Analyst at The Soufan Group, focusing on terrorism, international security, and the politics of the Middle East. He served as an infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, and has lived and studied in the Middle East.

Marie Siegel
PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Marie Siegel is a Program Assistant at The Soufan Group. She previously served as a Communications Assistant for a premier communications firm in the Midwest where she assisted in maintaining communication strategies for the firm and clientele through the composition of press releases, creation of social media posts, and performance of research.

MARTIN REARDON
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Mr. Reardon is a 21-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His last position at the FBI, prior to joining TSG, was as Chief of the 24/7 Terrorist Screening Operations Center, overseeing the worldwide management of encounters with known and suspected terrorists.

SUSAN SIM
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ASIA

Ms. Sim is a former intelligence analyst and foreign correspondent and has been Singapore’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, D.C. She also serves as a Consultant with the Home Team Academy of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore and is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

JEFFREY RINGEL
DIRECTOR

Jeffrey Ringel is a 21-year veteran of the FBI. He spent 15 years at the New York Field Office of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, rising to the rank of Coordinating Supervisory Special Agent and supervising a host of terrorism investigations involving al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Raymond S Mey
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER

Raymond Mey is a Senior Program Manager of TSG. He is an internationally recognized law enforcement and security professional with extensive experience in counterterrorism investigations, major event security, crisis management and hostage rescue.

JOHN WADDELL
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

John Waddell is an honorably retired U.S. Marine. Since 2006, he has resided full-time in Qatar and worked in projects involving critical infrastructure security evaluations, national-level risk management and security related training. Mr. Waddell is an ASIS CPP.

AHMAD KHALIL
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Ahmad Khalil is the Financial Controller for The Soufan Group and is responsible for all the financial and fiscal management aspects of company operations. Mr. Khalil holds a BBA from the University of Toledo and a Master of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Mr. Khalil has over ten years in business and financial management experience.

THOMAS NEER
SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Thomas Neer's distinguished and diverse 32-year law enforcement and intelligence career began with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, continued with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and concluded with 25 years as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

SYDNEY BLACK
Associate

Sydney Black is an Associate at The Soufan Group, focusing on countering violent extremism and cybersecurity efforts. Prior to joining The Soufan Group, Sydney served as a Special Assistant with the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Anita Waddell
ASSOCIATE

Anita Waddell serves as the Executive Associate seconded to Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS). Prior to joining TSG, Anita spent 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

MIREILLE FRANCHI
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Mireille Franchi is an Executive Assistant at The Soufan Group, New York. Originally from Lebanon, Ms. Franchi is fluent in English, French, Arabic and Italian