Alberto M. Fernandez is Vice-President of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and a board member of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. Ambassador Fernandez served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer from 1983 to 2015, and as the State Department's Coordinator for the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications from March 2012 to February 2015. From 2009-2012, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea; prior to that, he was U.S. Charge d'Affaires to the Republic of Sudan (June 2007-May 2009), Director for Near East Public Diplomacy (2005-2007), Director for Iraq Public Diplomacy (2004-2005) and in senior public diplomacy positions at the U.S. Embassies in Afghanistan, Jordan, Syria, and Guatemala.