Sir Anthony Finkelstein is the President of City, University of London, and Professor of Software Systems Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also a Member of Academia Europaea and a Fellow of City & Guilds of London Institute. He has an Honorary DSc from City, University of London. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016, for services to computer science and engineering, and awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours List 2022 for public service.
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 AI 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 has provided consultancy advice to a very large number of high-profile companies and government organisations. He has acted as an expert in complex technology disputes. He has established three successful ‘spin-out’ companies providing respectively professional services, product software and an innovative software service. He has a particular interest in embedding public engagement in all aspects of the work of engineering and technology.