Professor Anthony Finkelstein

Headshot of Anthony Finkelstein.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein is the President of City, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also:

  • a Member of Academia Europaea
  • a Fellow of City & Guilds of London Institute
  • a Distinguished Fellow of RUSI (the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies).

He has an honorary DSc from City, University of London. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to computer science and engineering.

Until taking up the role of President he was Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security to HM government, a senior strategic and operational role that involves leadership of science, research and innovation across the UK’s national security community.

Whilst undertaking this role he retained a position at University College London (UCL) and as a Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for artificial intelligence and data science, of which he was a founding trustee.

Prior to this he was Dean of UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences and before that Head of UCL Department of Computer Science. He held a Chair in Software Systems Engineering at UCL, having started his career at Imperial College, Department of Computing.

He is a visiting Professor at Imperial College London, University of South Australia and formerly at the National Institute for Informatics, Tokyo, Japan.

He is Professor of Software Systems Engineering with interests across computer science and in all aspects of the development of complex software systems. In particular he is interested in software development methods, tools and business context. He has built successful spin-outs and advises start-up companies. He says:

I have always thought of myself as an engineer who happens to be an academic, rather than an academic who happens who happens to be an engineer!

Last updated: 15 October 2021

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