Zarate most recently worked to implement U.S. counterterrorism and security policies as presidential deputy assistant and deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism between 2005 and 2009.
He previously led efforts to crack down on terrorist financing worldwide, wielded the Treasury Department’s national security jurisdictions and aided in the capture of Saddam Hussein’s assets in his role as assistant treasury secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes.
A former Rotary International Fellow at Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, Zarate also served on terrorism prosecution panels before the 9/11 attacks.
The visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School authored the book “Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare, Forging Democracy” and contributed articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
He hosts the “Flash Points” program on CBSNews.com and serves on the advisory boards of the National Counterterrorism Center and HSBC’s Financial Services Vulnerabilities Committee.
Zarate holds a degree from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.