Speaker John Sitilides

John Sitilides

Geopolitical Strategist & Diplomacy Consultant to the U.S. Department of State, Former Chairman, Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Washington DC, USA
About Speaker John Sitilides…

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.

Testimonials 5

  • “John Sitilides gave our keynote talk on geopolitical risks at the GAIM Ops Cayman event, a 500+ person event for COO/CCO/CFOs in the alternative investment industry. I’ve been working in conferences for five years and I can honestly say it was one of the best talks I’ve seen. John provided fascinating insights on geo-political issues including Russia, China, the Middle East, North Korea and Europe – using simple techniques like turning maps on their side to really bring a new perspective to understanding the issues and appreciating their significance on a whole new level. Mixed with cutting edge and up-to-date knowledge of the topics and latest political developments, and the fact John is an excellent and engaging speaker, made for a fascinating presentation. Our audience loved it. The room was packed and it’s been rated as a favorite session by many of the attendees. John is top of my list for any geopolitical analysis in the future.”

    Cosimo Montagu

    Director & Editor-in-Chief, GAIM Ops & GAIM

  • “Your presentation on the geopolitical landscape was riveting and universally well-received. The knowledge you shared will help immensely in continuing to strengthen our company’s global trade operations and compliance.”

    Sol Brody

    Vice President for Global Trade, Raytheon Corporation

  • “The thoughtful, comprehensive, understandable and practical view you brought to the complex problems and issues revolving around geopolitics truly enlightened and engaged the audience at P&I’s Global Future of Retirement conference. Setting the tone on the second day of the event kept people talking, and your presentation was referred to numerous times by other speakers throughout the day.”

    Michael Ocrant

    Director of Conference Programming, Pensions & Investments Inc.

  • “John Sitilides has consistently been one of our best keynote speakers at our flagship events. His content-rich talks on geopolitical risk at many of our largest events, ranging from 500-1000+ professionals in the alternative investment industry, have been highly informative, visually engaging, and simply eye-opening. As a twelve-year veteran of the investment conference industry, I’ve come to know John as one of the best speakers available anywhere. He delivers deeper insights into geopolitical issues and flashpoints on a global scale – Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the critical shipping and energy chokepoints that bind their economies. Our audiences absolutely love him and ask to hear from him on a regular basis – if they had their way, they would probably listen to him speak the entire time at our events. Bottom line: John Sitilides is our go-to speaker when the audience needs to know and better understand what is happening – and why – in the disruptive and increasingly uncertain world of geopolitical risk.”

    Doug Borths

    Senior Vice President & Head of Production, Opal Group

  • “I thought your presentation at GAIM Ops London was brilliant. As an enthusiastic observer of world events, I found your presentation to be the most concisely informative and interesting presentation I have probably ever heard on the world’s current and future trouble zones.”

    Hugh Craigie Halkett

    Europe Director, Financial Risk Mitigation Inc.

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