Jean-Charles Brisard is an international consultant and expert on terrorism and terrorism financing. He authored the first and most exhaustive study ever written on the financial network of the Bin Laden organization, “The economic environment of Osama Ben Laden”. 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 terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, before the US Senate Banking Committee and reported on terrorism financing for the President of the UN Security Council. He served as an expert or witness in 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 terrorism financing.
Since June 2002, he is serving as lead investigator for lawyers representing over 6,500 family members of the 9/11 victims in the course of civil actions brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the terrorists, terrorist states and the sponsors of terrorism, including individuals, banks, corporations and Islamic charities.
Jean-Charles Brisard has served as special adviser to the Vice President of Vivendi Universal for corporate and business intelligence after serving as director of business intelligence and international legal counsel for international corporations. He held governmental positions in France as counsel to the former Chief Antiterrorism Prosecutor and adviser to the French Minister of Interior and French Prime Minister. He also served as advisor to a US Senator.
Jean-Charles Brisard authored Forbidden Truth: U.S.-taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy And The Failed Hunt For Bin Laden in 2001 and Zarqawi, The New Face of Al-Qaeda in 2005.
His analysis regularly appears in international TV and newspapers, including NBC, CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Le Monde and Le Figaro.
Jean-Charles Brisard earns a Phd in Public International Law of the Paris University of Law, an Md in International and European Law, a diploma in Comparative Law from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, and he studied Diplomacy at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
In November 2008, he was appointed Knight of the French National Order of Merit by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
What they say about Jean-Charles Brisard
“The leading expert in Al Qaeda’s finances” – BBC
“An internationally renowned counterterrorism expert” – Associated Press
“One of the best expert of the Al Qaeda network and its financial structures in the world…No one knows better the internals of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, no one has followed so intensively the money stream of the terror network” – Der Spiegel
“A leading expert on terrorism finance” – The Times (London)
“He wrote an influential report in 1997 linking Mr. bin Laden’s network to Islamic charities.” – The Wall Street Journal
“[Jean-Charles Brisard] conducted an incredibly precise investigation” (About “Zarqawi, The new face of Al Qaeda”) – Le Monde
“[Jean-Charles Brisard] decrypted the Bin Laden financial networks” (About “Bin Laden, The forbidden truth”) – Le Point