City, University of London welcomes new president

Former government chief scientific adviser for national security Professor Anthony Finkelstein has strong links to the London provider

Professor Anthony Finkelstein has started his role as the new president of City, University of London.

The systems engineering expert takes over from Professor Sir Paul Curran, who has stepped down after 11 years.

Professor Finkelstein joins the university after a six-year stint as the government’s chief scientific adviser for national security, based at The Alan Turing Institute.

During this time he was also chair in software systems engineering at University College London (UCL), and before this served as dean of the faculty of engineering sciences and head of computer science at University College London (UCL).

He has strong personal links to City, having been a professor and the head of computer science there between 1994 and 1997. His late father, Professor Ludwik Finkelstein OBE, was City’s engineering school’s first executive dean and subsequently pro-vice-chancellor when City gained its charter in 1966. Anthony was awarded an honorary degree by the provider in 2018, for his outstanding contribution to science.

Professor Finkelstein is also a visiting professor at Imperial College London, the University of South Australia and at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), an elected Member of Academia Europaea (MAE) and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI).

“It is a great honour to be appointed president of City and, of course, my strong links to City give this particular personal resonance,” said Professor Finkelstein. “I very much look forward to working in partnership with the council, staff and students to realise the outstanding potential of City.”

Ms Julia Palca, chair of City’s council said: “At interview, Anthony impressed us all with his values, his ambition for City and with his outstanding track record of successful leadership and performance, both within and outside the university sector. His passion for City, and for our students, is clear. His knowledge and experience will help us create a City for the future which will be an exciting place to study, work and conduct research.”

Professor Finkelstein will also be appointed professor of software systems engineering within City’s school of mathematics, computer science and engineering.


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