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Chris Voss

Chris Voss served as the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the FBI’s hostage negotiation representative for the National Security Council’s Hostage Working Group. Before becoming the lead international kidnapping negotiator, Chris served as the lead Crisis Negotiator for the FBI’s New York City Division. He was a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force for 14 years, working on cases like TERRSTOP – the Blind Sheikh Case targeting Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman – and the TWA Flight 800 catastrophe. Chris Voss negotiated the surrender of the first hostage-taker in the Chase Manhattan bank robbery. During his 24-year FBI tenure, he was trained in the art of negotiation by not only the FBI but Scotland Yard and Harvard Law School. He is also a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement and the FBI Agents Association Award for Distinguished and Exemplary Service. Chris has taught business negotiation in the MBA program as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has also taught business negotiation at Harvard University, guest-lectured at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, The IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and The Goethe School of Business in Frankfurt, Germany.

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