- M.A., the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University - Graduate Diploma, School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University - Honors B.A., University of Western Ontario
Brian Finlay is the Vice President at Stimson, a non-profit public policy think tank in Washington DC. He also directs the Center's Managing Across Boundaries initiative. That effort looks for innovative government responses - at the international, national and regional levels - and for smart public-private partnerships to mitigate transnational security threats and ameliorate development challenges. His areas of expertise include nonproliferation, transnational crime, counter-trafficking, supply chain security and private sector engagement.
Prior to joining Stimson, Finlay served four years as executive director of a Washington-based lobbying and media campaign focused on counterterrorism issues, a senior researcher at the Brookings Institution, and a program officer at the Century Foundation. He was a project manager for the Laboratory Center for Disease Control/Health Canada, and worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He sits on the advisory board of Trojan Defense, LLC, and is a member of the board of directors of iMMAP, a pioneering organization leading the way forward in the effective use of information management practices in the service of humanitarian relief and development. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Black Market Watch, a Geneva-based NGO that works to raise awareness around illicit global trade.
Finlay has authored and co-authored numerous books, monographs and reports, and is widely published in academic and policy journals and magazines. He is frequently asked to provide expert analysis and commentary on transnational and development challenges to media outlets around the world.