John Sitilides Profile

  • An internationally regarded geopolitical strategist, Sitilides' insights and expertise are sought by U.S. politicians, multinational CEOs, and other world leaders.

  • For over a decade, Sitilides has been a regular consultant for the U.S. Department of State and has headed international relations research firms such as the Western Policy Center and the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project.

  • Often interviewed by major media outlets like CNN and FOX, Sitilides equips audiences with a thorough understanding of major shifts and trends in America and abroad so they can mitigate risk and craft smarter business strategies.
  • 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.

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      John Sitilides is Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC in Washington, D.C., specializing in U.S. government relations, geopolitical risk, and international affairs, and Senior Fellow, National Security Program, at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

      Delivering exclusive geopolitical risk reports, webcasts, and related products and services to institutional capital market and retail clients, he is a professional speaker at corporate, investor, and industry conferences, and before government, military and intelligence community audiences, on geopolitical risk management and the business impacts of international security policies. He explores the complex geopolitical and geo-economic decisions that impact markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and worldwide, helping corporate executives, investment managers and civic audiences better understand, anticipate, and mitigate risk.

      Under a U.S. government contract since 2006, Sitilides is the Southern Europe Regional Coordinator at the Foreign Service Institute, the State Department’s professional development and diplomacy academy for American foreign policy professionals. He was Board Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project from 2005-2011, following seven years as Executive Director of the Western Policy Center, an international relations institute specializing in U.S., NATO and EU interests in southeastern Europe and the Middle East, until he negotiated its 2004 merger with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

      He has testified before Congress and is a frequent national security commentator on U.S. and international media such as Bloomberg News, CNN, FOX News, CNN International, Newsmax and NewsNation, and has interviewed or cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, The National Interest, Politico, National Public Radio, Euromoney, Asia Times, Institutional Investor, South China Morning Post, and other leading print and digital media.

      His domestic client portfolio includes industry leaders in real estate development, home construction and agribusiness, along with aviation and emerging technology companies, with a specialization in environmental regulatory reform and private property rights protection. He launched his career in the U.S. Senate and on a series of successful political campaigns.

      Sitilides serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, a national Orthodox Christian foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of 3doo, Inc., a VR/AR media technology company, and of Biovest International, developing personalized cancer immunotherapies; the Board of Directors of International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization; and the Board of Governors of the Advanced Imaging Society, promoting the global motion picture industry’s arts and technologies.

      He is a member of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the Columbia University Club of Washington, D.C., the Empire State Forum, and the Association of Former Senate Aides. Sitilides holds a Master’s Degree in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University. His wife is an attorney and businesswoman, and they have four sons.

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    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.

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    “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.

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

    “Your maritime security presentation was absolutely fascinating and one of the most interesting presentations I have ever attended.”
    -Christopher Gimson, Director, Aon Risk Solutions/Global Broking Centre

    “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.”
    -Jan Ager Karel, Ager Consulting

    “Your presentation was by far the most engaging at the RiskMinds conference. The pace of delivery was excellent for this audience: bankers with a keen interest to learn the key issues on all international hotspots.”
    -Periklis Thivaios, True North Partners LLP

    “Incredibly informative and phenomenal global risk presentation!”
    -Louis D’Agostino, Iron Cove Partners

    “Consistently rated your sessions as the very best – your expertise … is unequalled.”
    -Department Of Military Strategy And Operations, National War College

    “Your talk was easily the best received one of the Family Office Wealth Management Forum.”
    -Randy Conone, Chief Investment Officer, MTrust

    “You were brilliant talking about global geopolitical risk at the Asia-Global Hedge Fund Summit in New York. Your presentation was one of the most interesting and widely-discussed. Thank you for enriching the summit!”
    -Aradhna Dayal, Access Alts Asia

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