Richard Barrett, Senior Advisor, is a former British diplomat and intelligence officer who from March 2004 to January 2013 headed the United Nations Monitoring Team concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban. He is a recognized expert on violent extremism and the measures that can be taken against it.
While at the United Nations, Mr. Barrett also helped found the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), a coordinating body that aims to ensure effective counter-terrorism cooperation within the United Nations system. Within the CTITF, he led Working Groups on terrorist use of the Internet and on countering the appeal of terrorism. He was also known for his work on countering the financing 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). He was Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations both before and after the 9/11 2001 attacks in the United States.
He has served abroad in Canada, Jordan, Turkey, and the United States.
Mr. Barrett is a board member of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in the Hague; the Transnational Crisis Project; the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation in Washington; the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad, and the Center for the Study of United Nations Systems and the Global Legal Order in New York. He 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.
Mr. Barrett was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM The Queen in 1992 and a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in 2013.