John Sawers


The former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service, diplomat and civil servant, John Sawers has become a leading expert in understanding foreign policy and global geopolitics. With over 36 years working with the British Government, Sawers is able to offer in-depth commentary to the world’s current affairs covering Europe, the USA, Russia, China and the Middle East.

After studying at Havard, in South Africa and the UK, John began working as part of MI6 in Yemen and Syria. He became the political officer in Damascus in 1982 before returning to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the Desk Officer of the EU department and becoming the Private Secretary to the Minister of State in 1986. He has also taken roles including the Head of European Union Presidency Planning Unit and Principal Private Secretary to Douglas Hurd as part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

John has been based in South Africa where he witnessed the social impacts of the apartheid and has been stationed in the US as part of the Foreign and Defence policy team at the British Embassy. He has also acted as the UK’s representative to the UN in New York, the special representative in Iraq and ambassador to Cairo. His impressive amount of wisdom surrounding foreign policy even led him to become the foreign policy advisor to the Prime Minister from 1999 to 2001.

Most recently, Sawers has retired as the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service and is now the chairman of Macro Advisory Partners. His incredible ability to predict worldwide events allows him to advise governments and investors as well as becoming the visiting professor at King’s College London. He lectures within the Department of War Studies.

An insightful and highly engaging after-dinner speaker that is bound to leave a lasting impression on corporate audiences, John Sawers is very quickly becoming one of our most popular political speakers. With a smooth and simplistic speaking style, he able to help audiences understand some of the most complex political issues including Brexit and offer his opinions on current affairs.

To book Sir John Sawers as the after dinner speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Sir John is known to speak on the following topics:

  • World Defence
  • Kosovo War
  • Tony Blair’s Government
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Drive & Determination

John was fantastic yesterday, and his thoughts were very much appreciated by the attendees at our conference. Please do pass on our thanks and best regards to both him and Ian for their participation, as well as the very professional way that they carried out the engagement.
DeclanOak Hill Advisors