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.
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.