RUSI secures £750,000 donation for establishment of Strategic Investment Fund

dR Karin von Hippel

Dr Karin von Hippel

Defence and security Think Tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has announced the establishment of director general Dr Karin von Hippel’s Strategic Investment Fund. This new initiative will allow the Institute to pursue under-examined or unforeseen critical events. The Strategic Investment Fund has been made possible by the generous contribution of an anonymous donor who has bestowed the hugely generous sum of £750,000.

This Strategic Investment Fund will enable RUSI to be ahead of the curve in responding to new trends in defence and security and rapidly produce cutting-edge research designed to shape the national and international debate. The monies will give RUSI the flexibility to pursue under-examined or unforeseen critical events as and when they occur, as well as help kick-start longer term projects. The projects made possible by Strategic Investment Fund will be chosen and designed to achieve the greatest impact on policy debates.

RUSI would like to pay tribute to the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and who has pledged the money over the next five years.

Professor Malcolm Chalmers

Professor Malcolm Chalmers

Dr Karin von Hippel said: “In today’s rapidly moving defence and security environment, it’s critical to stay on top of important trends. The Strategic Investment Fund will ensure that RUSI can analyse, debate and provide practical policy recommendations in addition to our regular research agenda. We’re extremely grateful to the donor for helping RUSI to become even more nimble.”

Professor Malcolm Chalmers, RUSI’s deputy director general, added: “As director of our research work, I’m delighted to have the additional flexibility that this new Strategic Investment Fund will provide. It affords significant new resources for working on topics of profound national and international concern. I would like to extend my deep thanks to our donor for this generous gift.”

Paul Summerfield, RUSI’s director of development, concluded: “This philanthropic gift is one of the largest RUSI has ever received. We’re thrilled to have this level of support and are incredibly grateful to the donor.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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