Tom Keatinge is the Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) at RUSI, where his research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security, including the use of finance as a tool of intelligence and disruption. He has a Master’s in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London, where his research focused on the effectiveness of the global counterterror finance regime. Prior to joining RUSI in 2014, he was an investment banker for 20 years at J.P. Morgan.

His research on finance and security considers a number of themes including:

  • Terrorist financing: the effectiveness of current approaches to terrorist financing; the use of financial warfare to disrupt terrorist/insurgent groups; the use of FININT as a security tool; the evolution of terrorist financing methods and responses; the financing of lone actor and small cell terrorist actors; kidnap-for-ransom and terrorist financing; and the impact of counter-terror finance regimes on financial access.
  • Human trafficking: the role of financial institutions in tackling human trafficking and modern slavery.
  • New approaches to tackling financial crime: the role of public/private partnership and information sharing.
  • Corruption: the role of financial integrity in combating corruption and maintaining international security.

He also co-leads RUSI’s work on:

  • Counter-proliferation finance
  • The design and implementation of financial sanctions including the related impact on transatlantic relations
  • The role of finance and financial investigation in disrupting wildlife crime and the illicit trade in wildlife products.

Tom Keatinge has contributed to a variety of publications and media outlets; has given evidence to parliamentary hearings and spoken at a range of high level forums.

Full details of publications and media work can be found here.


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