Cindy Vestergaard Joins Stimson as Senior Associate

June 20, 2016

The Stimson Center announced today that Cindy Vestergaard has been appointed as a Senior Associate for the Managing Across Boundaries initiative. Vestergaard will lead the Center’s new Nuclear Safeguards program that examines the impact of evolving international safeguards on states and facility operators at the front-end of the nuclear fuel cycle.

“I could not be more excited to welcome Cindy to Stimson,” said Stimson Center President and CEO Brian Finlay. “Cindy is the embodiment of Stimson’s new strategic direction — a more agile, inventive, and pragmatic approach to problem solving that innovates solutions in the intellectual realm, and makes lasting change in the real world. From her time in government and the NGO community, she understands how to bring different sectors together to achieve a shared common good. Cindy is a proud addition to Stimson’s team.”

Prior to her appointment, Vestergaard served as a Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center. Vestergaard previously worked on nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament policy and programming at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where her positions included: Senior Policy Advisor, Global Partnership Program; Senior Policy Advisor, Foreign Intelligence Division; and Political Officer at Canada's Mission to Hungary and Slovenia. Vestergaard is a regular contributor to media outlets and lectures nationally and internationally on weapons of mass destruction, proliferation, and disarmament issues.

The Stimson Center’s Nuclear Safeguards program examines ways to strengthen nuclear security by focusing on materials that have historically fallen outside of international control, namely source materials such as natural uranium. The program catalogues risks and proliferation pathways associated with the unauthorized removal of source materials and identifies best practices in implementing nuclear safeguards.

"It's an honor to join Brian and the Stimson Center," said Cindy Vestergaard. “The Center continues to break new ground in addressing modern threats through innovative collaboration with the public and private sectors. I am delighted to join the team and continue the important work of preventing some of the world’s most dangerous materials from falling into the wrong hands."
 
Founded in 1989, the Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank devoted to addressing transnational challenges and enhancing global security and economic prosperity.

For Immediate Release: June 20, 2016
Contact: Jim Baird, [email protected], (202) 478.3413