Kurtis H. Simpson currently serves as a special advisor, Indo-Pacific Affairs, with the Strategic Joint Staff at the Department of National Defence. As a senior defence scientist, he draws on several decades of experience in the Public Service, filling diverse science and technology roles across various government departments, including the Privy Council Office, Foreign Affairs, as well as defence and intelligence organizations. A China specialist by training, he also has extensive expertise in Asian security issues, global affairs, transnational threats and terrorism. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in international relations from York University and is a graduate of the National Security Program.