John Sitilides

Geopolitical Risk & American Politics Expert

In a turbulent world fraught with military crises’, regional tensions, societal disorder and financial uncertainty, knowledge that enhances global investment decisions and international business planning is more valuable and necessary than ever.

John Sitilides, a Washington D.C. government affairs specialist and consultant to the State Department, shares his insights into U.S. and global geopolitical decision-making before high-stakes decision makers and opinion leaders. 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 & Cyprus, in conjunction with the Turkey Program (under a U.S. government contract), at the Foreign Service Institute, the Federal Government’s primary training institution for American diplomats, officers and other professionals of the U.S. foreign affairs community. He is also an Experts Team Member at Wikistrat, the premier strategic analysis and forecasting network, and is former Board Chairman of the Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project.

Sitilides has testified before Congress and has conducted hundreds of interviews on American politics, national security and global affairs by broadcast, print and digital media – including Fox News, CNN, CNN International and BBC News, and cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Institutional Investor, and other leading broadcast, print and digital media.

Sitilides served as Executive Director of the Western Policy Center, an international relations institute he launched to research and forecast strategic 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 Center International Center for Scholars. He also served on the Commerce Department’s Initiative for Technology Cooperation in the Balkans.

To book John Sitilides as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, John is known to cover the following topics:

  • U.S. National Politics & Elections
  • Geopolitical Risk
  • Global Public Policy
  • Global Issues & Current Affairs
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Environmental Regulatory Reform
  • Energy Technology & Natural Resources

See John deliver a speech at TEDx here:

“You exhibit a rare ability to process difficult and complicated questions yet manoeuvring skilfully down unexpected avenues, all the while substantively addressing virtually every issue presented to you, no matter how off-beat or unexpected.” – U.S. Department of State

“Your passion for and understanding of the strategic geopolitical challenges facing the United States and global community are inspiring.  Your presentation was excellent.” – Checchi Capital Advisers LLC

“You were clearly the best presenter…You have a unique gift to succinctly wrap  geopolitical issues into a coherent methodology of whom, why and how.” – Ager Consulting

“Very much enjoyed your presentation – excellent poise, diction, delivery, substance, coordinated use of effective visuals, and audience connection – exemplary!” – Bird Capital Group

“Our participants were greatly impressed and satisfied with the way you guided us through the political landscape of the contemporary United States. Your insights provided us with a clear and solid background to understand the current changes in America.” – Telenor ASA