Brian J. Grim, Ph.D.

Brian J. Grim, Ph. D. (Penn State), is global chairman of Dare to Overcome and founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation. He works with Fortune 500 companies to include religion and belief as part of their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

He is the leading global expert on the positive socio-economic impact freedom of religion and belief for all, and a leading demographer of religion, co-editing Brill’s World Religion Database.

Previously, Brian was chair of the World Economic Forum’s council on the role of faith, a Davos speaker, a TEDx speaker at the Vatican, and director of global religion data research at the highly respected Pew Research Center. He is author of scores of academic articles and several books.

He was an educator in the former Soviet Union, China, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Europe from 1982-2002. He lives at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where his wife coordinates study abroad for the Navy. They have four grown children and 13 grandkids (and counting).