Christian Bjørn Følsgaard is a senior advisor to the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, where he focuses on global supply-chain security, resiliency, and diplomacy, with the goal of strengthening multilateral engagements in the Global South through open and transparent public-private partnerships. 

He is the course designer and lead instructor of “Foundations of Supply Chain Diplomacy” at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Center for Experiential Learning, where he investigates the relationship between the supply-chain landscape of sovereign states and their foreign-policy options. He has previously taught at the University of Cambridge and guest lectured at the Royal United Services Institute, Special Forces Club, Columbia University, and Queen’s University Belfast.

Følsgaard began his private-sector career by working with leading information and communications technology companies such as Microsoft, Google, Verizon, and Quanta to develop innovative products for the education and mobile data collection verticals. In 2018, he and his team were named North American finalists in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge for their work on ergonomically optimized collaborative robots. Følsgaard remains active in the industry as a member of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Computers and Society special interest group and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Systems Council.

He holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in history and human complex systems, where he was awarded the Carey McWilliams Honors Thesis Prize and Highest Departmental Honors, and an MPhil and PhD from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.