Brian Hanson Joins Chicago Council on Global Affairs as Vice President for Studies

Koya is pleased to have partnered with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, recently ranked the #1 “Think Tank to Watch” worldwide” to recruit Brian Hanson as its new Vice President for Studies. Brian will lead the Council’s expanding team of experts who provide insight on critical global issues. 

Brian comes to the Council from the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University where he has served most recently as its Director of Programs, Research and Strategic Planning. The Buffett Institute focuses on critical global issues through collaborative research, public dialogue, and engaged scholarship.

With his global outlook and deep expertise in setting ambitious research agendas, Brian is exactly the right person to guide the Council’s scholarship as it heads toward its 100th anniversary in 2022. Brian already has been closely connected to the Council on Global Affairs as a member of the studies and programs committees, and the Council is delighted to have him lead their growing studies portfolio. In recent years the Council, has added resident and nonresident fellows in the areas of public opinion, global cities, global water, global immigration, global security, global food and agriculture, global energy, and the global economy.

Brian also has served as a lecturer in Northwestern’s Department of Political Science, International Studies Program. Previously, he worked in Washington, DC, at the government affairs office of Deere & Company and as a foreign policy advisor to Senator Alan Dixon (IL). He serves on the board and in leadership roles for a number of organizations addressing global politics and development – including the Stanley Foundation, the Holthues Trust, The Foundation for Sustainable Development, and GlobeMed, an independent national organization founded at the Buffett Institute dedicated to global health equity. Brian received his BA in political science from Grinnell College and conducted doctoral studies in political science at MIT.