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Geopolitical expert John Sitilides’ career puts him face-to-face with U.S. politicians and diplomats, multinational CEOs, and other world leaders. The global and government affairs specialist is frequently consulted by major powers when they need to make high stakes decisions.
Sitilides has served as a consultant for the Department of State and has testified before Congress multiple times. His commentaries on breaking political news can be found on FOX News, CNN, the BBC, and RT, among other major media outlets. He has published articles in The Washington Times, BBC International, and World Maritime News. As Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC, he manages a government affairs portfolio focused on environmental regulatory reform.
The son of Greek-Turkish immigrants, Sitilides chairs the State Department’s Advanced Area Studies Program for Greece, Turkey & Cyprus, at the Foreign Service Institute which is responsible for training U.S. diplomats and foreign affairs officials. For several years he was Executive Director of the Western Policy Center, a research firm that specialized in U.S., NATO & EU political, commercial, and security issues in southeastern Europe. In 2005, he oversaw the organization’s merger with the Woodrow Wilson International Scholars Center to create the Woodrow Wilson Southeast Europe Project. He then served as chair until 2011.
Currently, Sitilides serves on the Board of Directors of 3doo Inc., a VR360° media technology company and is an active member of several high profile associations including the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. He holds a Master’s Degree in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University.
Expert Speaker on Global Affairs & American Politics
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.
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.
Geopolitical expert John Sitilides shares the story of his roots in an effort to remind us why the U.S.'s international presence and cooperation is so vital to the outside world as well as our own quality of life. The descendent of Greek/Turkish immigrants expelled from their home after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Sitilides relates how his family scraped together enough money to put his father on a ship headed to America, where he worked two to three jobs to build a life unattainable in a country that had been ravaged by three wars.
Peace is not the norm in human history, Sitilides claims, but because of the treaties and trust the U.S. maintained with its allies after the second world war, we were able to establish an unprecedented stable economy that benefited America and its allies, including small countries like Greece which, by the end of World War II, had been devastated. "When there is calamity anywhere in the world," he states, "even our most persistent critics know that it is America that will be called upon to help resolve the crisis, to deal with the emergency, and to deliver assistance and relief to people in all corners of the globe."
For the sake of our security both abroad and at home, he urges us not to give in to the temptation of Nativism, but to continue working with our international partners to protect peace globally.
Geopolitical strategist, John Sitilides navigates businesses, investors, and government leaders through economic and political trends in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East so they can reduce risks and form optimum strategies. His insights on a broad array of topics provide audiences with a clear and solid background to understand the current changes in America and abroad. Sitilides is especially sought out for his leading expertise in energy technology and environmental regulatory reform.
Sitilides’ speaking presentations focus on global risk, geopolitical strategy and U.S. national politics, including the following:
Geopolitical Risk Management: The 2020 Agenda - helping investment fund and business executives understand and mitigate risk, against the backdrop of global political, economic and social disruption.
The Geopolitics of American Energy Policy - assessing presidential and Congressional policies with far-reaching impacts on the U.S. economy and global markets.
Wobbling the Colossus: The European Union in Crisis - a critical assessment of the viability of the EU as a trading partner and global power, amid multiple security, economic and social crises.
He is also available as a panel moderator, discussion leader or interviewer.
“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 | KNect365
“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.
“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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