Dr. Ali Nouri is the President of the Federation of American Scientists. Until recently he served as legislative director and national security advisor to U.S. Senator Al Franken. Nouri came to Capitol Hill in 2008 and joined Senator Jim Webb’s office (D-VA) first as a AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow and then as an advisor on issues related to science, energy, and environment. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, he was an advisor to the office of the UN Secretary General, and a research associate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School where he developed policies related to biotechnology. He holds a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University.