John Sitilides, a Washington D.C. government affairs specialist and consultant to the Department of State, shares his insights into U.S. and global geopolitical trends, developments and strategies before high-stakes decision makers and opinion leaders at investor, business and government conferences, forums and events. He explores the complex geopolitical decisions that impact markets in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, helping investors and business audiences understand and mitigate against risk and disruption.
Sitilides chairs the State Department’s Advanced Area Studies Program for Greece, Turkey & Cyprus (under U.S. government contract since 2006), at the Foreign Service Institute, the primary training institution for American diplomats and other U.S. foreign affairs professionals. He previously served as Board Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project from 2005-2011.As Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC since 2005, Sitilides manages a government affairs portfolio specializing in environmental regulatory reform. He has testified before Congress, and conducted scores of interviews on American politics, federal policies, national security and global affairs by broadcast, print and digital media – including Fox News, CNN, CNN International, One America News and BBC News – and been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Bloomberg News, Politico, National Public Radio, Institutional Investor, among other leading broadcast, print and digital media.
Why John Sitilides?
John’s dynamic presentation focuses on executive management of real-time global disruption and geopolitical risk concerns, challenging the traditional analyst and media consensus on the world’s most powerful political leaders in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, their decision-making processes, and the long-term political and economic ambitions that ultimately shape the international security agenda. The clear-eyed presentation focuses on the impact on international trade, commerce, import/export services and supply chain management involving shipping through critical chokepoints – delivered using a visually-compelling slide deck of maps, graphs and world leader portraits – and zero text or bullet points – so it is richly informative and highly engaging for all audience members.
Sitilides served as Executive Director of the Western Policy Center, an international relations institute researching and forecasting U.S., NATO & EU political, commercial and security issues in southeastern Europe. He directed the center’s strategic planning, policy analysis, political and corporate communications, and financial management until he negotiated its 2004 merger with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Sitilides serves on the Board of Directors of 3doo Inc., a VR360° media technology company; the Advanced Imaging Society, promoting the global film industry’s arts and technologies; International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization; and Leadership 100, a national Greek Orthodox foundation.
He is a member of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals; the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, the New York State Society of Washington D.C., the Columbia University Club of Washington, D.C., the Association of Former Senate Aides, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. Sitilides holds a Master’s Degree in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University. He lives in McLean, VA with his wife, who is an attorney and businesswoman, and their four sons.