About Tom Keatinge
Tom Keatinge is Director of the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies (CFCS) at The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
Financial crime and threat finance have a direct impact on UK and international security. The CFCS brings research focus and capacity to support the work of HM Government, other international governmental partners, and the private sector in addressing the challenges posed by financial crime and threat finance in all its forms.
Tom's research focuses on the nexus between 'Finance & Security', in particular the funding of terrorist/extremist groups and assessing the extent to which disrupting financing can enhance international security. He also studies the use of FININT as a security tool; enhancing security via public/private partnerships; the impact of counter-terror finance regimes on financial access; the use and effectiveness of financial sanctions; terrorist/insurgent use of kidnap-for-ransom, and the role the financial services industry and play in disrupting global 'evils' such as human trafficking and the illicit wildlife trade. Tom also runs a project at RUSI on counter-proliferation finance together with the Institute's nuclear proliferation team.
He holds a Masters in Intelligence & International Security from King's College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the effectiveness and consequences of the global counter-terror finance (CTF) regime.
Recent research topics include: The Business of al-Shabaab, How Finance Shapes the Syrian Conflict, The Application of Sanctions in the Russia/Ukraine Case, The Use of FININT in Tracking Foreign Fighters, the role of public/private partnership in tackling terrorist financing/resourcing, and the Impact of Counter-terror Finance on NGOs and Remittance Companies.
Tom has given evidence to the Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance and UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.
Publications and presentations for Foreign Affairs, RUSI.org, Huffington Post, Brookings, OSCE, HM Government, Perspectives on Terrorism, CNN, ICCT (the Hague), and various newspapers including CityAM can be found here.
Tom is available for broadcast interviews and has appeared extensively across outlets such as CSPAN, BBC World Service Radio, BBC Television, Euronews, German TV ARD, Al Jazeera America, CBC Canadian Radio, SiriusXM Radio 'The Morning Brief', Monocle 24 and LBC London Radio.
Prior to joining RUSI, Tom spent 20 years in investment banking at J.P. Morgan where he was a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group and Head of European Public Sector client coverage.