John Sawers - Keynote Speaker Keynote Speaker
- Chief, British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) (2009-14)
- British Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2007-09)
- Expert on geopolitics and the state of the world
John Sawers - Keynote Speaker's Biography
John Sawers is a keynote speaker and the former chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service.
Sir John modernised the Service and led it through major changes in operations, technology, and public accountability. He was the first outsider to be appointed to SIS in decades, he draws from his experience in managing the most challenging foreign and security policy issues of the last 20 years, including the rise of China, the evolution of Russia, the threat of terrorism and cyber attack, the changes in the Middle East, and the negotiations in Iran.
With a total of 36 years working for the British government, Sir John is a diplomat with close ties to Downing Street and the foreign policy establishment.
Since leaving public service Sir John Sawers has been advising global companies and investors and in 2019 set up his own company; Newbridge Advisory.
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