John Sitilides: Biography highlights
John Sitilides serves organisations who have a continual demand for high-stakes geopolitical intelligence and insights.
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About John Sitilides
He speaks on global affairs and strategic supply chains to pension and hedge fund providers as well as private equity and asset management companies. He is also a regular speaker at sub-advisory, real estate, aerospace, maritime security, energy, global trade and related risk management conferences and events.
Helping audiences better understand, anticipate and mitigate geopolitical risk in a disrupted global business, industry and financial marketplace, John’s visual storytelling presentations are delivered using a captivating slide deck of maps, graphics, charts and world leader portraits with no text or bullet points.
His richly informative and visually engaging talks provide significant value on strategic geopolitical and geo-economic issues and concerns, challenging the traditional analyst and media consensus on global leaders, their decision-making processes and the long-term political and economic ambitions and objectives that ultimately shape the international agenda.
Hugh Craigie Halkett said that John’s presentation at GAIM Ops in London was “the most concisely informative and interesting presentation I have… ever heard on the world’s current and future trouble zones” whilst Michael Ocrant of Pensions and Investments Inc. wrote that John’s presentation on “the complex problems and issues revolving around geopolitics truly enlightened and engaged the audience… setting the tone of the event, your presentation was referred to numerous times by other speakers throughout the day”.
John is Geopolitical Strategist at Trilogy Advisors, diplomacy consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the former Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project and a Washington D.C. government affairs specialist.
He is also a frequent geopolitics and national security commentator on U.S. and international media, regularly interviewed by U.S. and international media including CNN, FOX News, CNN International, Bloomberg and BBC News and has appeared on Chinese, Russian, German, Turkish, Israeli, Greek & Arab television as well as having been interviewed and cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Politico, National Public Radio and Institutional Investor.
He delivered a TEDx talk on “American Identity on the Global Stage” and has delivered his keynote presentation, “Worldview 2030: Geopolitical Risk and Global Strategies in the Decade Ahead” at the Institutional Investors Emerging Markets Forum, the Lockton Insurance Global Growth Summit, the SunTrust Institutional Investor Conference and before numerous clients including New York Life Investments, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Raytheon, Uline Corporation, Pensions and Investments, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Money Management Institute, Hedge Connection and the Texas County & District Retirement System.
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John Sitilides gave our keynote talk on geo-political risks at the GAIM Ops Cayman event in April 2017, a 500+ person event for COO/CCO/CFOs in the alternative investment industry. I've been working in conferences for 5 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 t! echniques 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 geo-political analysis in the future.'
Pensions and Investments Inc.
'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.'
Financial Risk Mitigation Inc.
'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.'
John's speaking topics
Worldview 2030: Geopolitical risk & global strategies in the decade ahead
A deep examination of the strategic disengagement of the U.S. and Chinese economies, especially the increasing shift of global supply chains out of China, as well as the escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran that can suddenly disrupt equity markets and world energy supplies.
This presentation includes up-to-the-minute geopolitical intelligence into the launch of “phase two” U.S.-China trade talks, with focus on:
- Global 5G technology competition
- The widening scope of multiple Middle Eastern conflicts and energy rivalries
- More nuclear weapon threats from North Korea against Japan, South Korea and North America
- European post-Brexit strategies for Germany’s slowing economy, Russian political disruption, and African mass migration
- The emergence of India on the Asian and global industrial stage
- Social and political turmoil throughout Latin America
- The potential transformation of many African economies into the world’s next factory floor
This speech can be customized to incorporate powerful insights into how these multiple global developments impact – and will be impacted by – the U.S. presidential campaigns through the end of the year- including updated insights into Electoral College strategies, more detailed understanding of accurate election forecasting, and potential outcomes for international relations beginning 2021 with President Trump’s re-election or a Democratic victory.
American identity on the global stage
America plays a significant yet complex role in the world, one that is often misunderstood by America’s citizens, allies and adversaries.
The origins of the American character date back to the selfless individualism of our Founding Fathers and later pioneers, who laid the foundation for what it means today to be an American. Such selfless individualism, reinforced by a legacy of immigrants who left behind the familiarity of the old world for an unfamiliar new world, is at the root of the American strategy to advance the common good.
America is positioned to remain the single most influential country in the world for the next several decades; sustaining that leadership role in the international arena requires a unified American culture dedicated to such a noble purpose, as well the economic prosperity needed to sustain the necessary diplomatic and military resources.