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Brian J. Grim is president of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation and a leading expert on international religious demography and the socioeconomic impact of restrictions on religious freedom. From 2015-16, Brian served as chair of the World Economic Forum’s global agenda council on the role of faith. Brian holds a visiting professorship at St. Mary’s University in London, where he is developing the RFBF’s Empowerment+ initiative to increase religious freedom by helping those experiencing socioeconomic risks including displacement, unemployment, isolation, crime, addiction and extremism. Brian also supports and works closely with the “Business for Peace” platform of the United Nations Global Compact.
Brian was an advisor for the religion and geopolitics project of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. He is also an associate scholar at the Religious Liberty Project at Georgetown University and an affiliated scholar at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs. Prior to becoming the Foundation’s president in 2014, Brian directed the largest social science effort to collect and analyze global data on religion at the Pew Research Center. He also worked for two decades as an educator in the former Soviet Union, China, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Brian holds a doctorate in sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and is author of numerous articles and books. He has appeared as an expert on global religion on media outlets including CNN, BBC, Fox, CBS, and C-SPAN, and regularly presents to high-level audiences throughout the world, including the White House, State Department, European Parliament, the Vatican, and the United Nations.
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