Rachel Ehrenfeld, Ph.D. is the Director of the American Center for Democracy. She is an expert on terrorist financing and the shadowy movement of funds through international banking, governments, business and charities to fund terrorism. She has a unique understanding of the challenges of international terrorism and Narco-Terrorism to democracy and freedom, and how money laundering and political corruption facilitates terror financing and economic warfare. Ehrenfeld also studied political corruption in Latin America and elsewhere and has developed the International Integrity Standard (IIS), to help control and monitor corruption.
Ehrenfeld was invited by the Brazilian government to lecture about the destabilization caused by Narco-terrorism, corruption and money laundering. She testified before Congressional Committees, as well as the European and Canadian Parliaments, provided evidence to the British Parliament, and consulted foreign governments as well as U.S. government agencies such as the Department of State and Defense, Treasury, Justice, the CIA, and Homeland Security. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Committee on the Present Danger.
She has been a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Institute of War and Peace Studies, a research scholar at the New York University School of Law, and a fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Jesus College at Cambridge University. She has a PhD in Criminology from the Hebrew University School of Law.
Ehrenfeld is the author of Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed – and How to Stop It (BonusBooks, 2003, 2005); Evil Money (HarperCollins, 1992, SPI, 1994) and Narco-Terrorism: How Governments Around the World Used the Drug Trade to Finance and Further Terrorist Activities (Basic Books, 1990, 1992). She is at work on a new book, with the ACD fellows: The Muslim Brotherhood, Inc. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, The Jerusalem Post, The Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post, and she is a frequent guest on domestic and international TV and radio.