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John Sitilides

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Washington D.C. government affairs specialist and diplomacy consultant to the U.S. Department of State

Chairs the State Department’s Advanced Area Studies Program for Greece, Turkey and Cyprus since 2006 (under a U.S. government contract) at the Foreign Service Institute, the primary training institution for American diplomats and other U.S. foreign policy professionals.

Served as Board Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project, directing policy, research & forecast analysis on U.S., NATO & EU geopolitical, commercial, and security interests throughout southeastern Europe, from 2005-2011.

John Sitilides, a Washington D.C. government affairs specialist and diplomacy consultant to the U.S. Department of State, shares his insights into U.S. and global risk trends, international security flashpoints and geopolitical strategies before high-stakes decision makers and opinion leaders at investor, business and government conferences, forums and events.

In customised executive briefings, he explores the complex geopolitical decisions that impact markets in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, helping corporate, investor and board director clients better understand and mitigate risk.

John Sitilides chairs the State Department’s Advanced Area Studies Program for Greece, Turkey and Cyprus since 2006 (under a U.S. government contract) at the Foreign Service Institute, the primary training institution for American diplomats and other U.S. foreign policy professionals.

He served as Board Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project, directing policy, research & forecast analysis on U.S., NATO & EU geopolitical, commercial, and security interests throughout southeastern Europe, from 2005-2011.

As Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC since 2005, John Sitilides manages a government affairs portfolio specialising in regulatory reform. He has testified before Congress, and is a regular media commentator on national security and American politics on broadcast, print and digital media. He has been interviewed on CNN, Fox News, CNN International, One America News, China Global and BBC News, and cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Bloomberg News, Politico, National Public Radio, and Institutional Investor.

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 film industry’s arts and technologies; and International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian relief organization.

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 Columbia University Club of Washington D.C., the Association of Former Senate Aides, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, and the New York State Society of Washington D.C.

His keynote presentation which focuses on “America and the World 2024: Geopolitics and the Presidential Agenda” deeply examines the strategic disengagement of the U.S. and Chinese economies, especially the increasing shift of global supply chains out of China, as well as the escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran that can suddenly disrupt equities markets and world energy supplies. He offers geopolitical intelligence into the launch of “phase two” U.S.-China trade talks, with focus on global 5G technology competition; the widening scope of multiple Middle Eastern conflicts and energy rivalries; more nuclear weapon threats from North Korea against Japan and South Korea; European post-Brexit strategies for Germany’s slowing economy, Russian political disruption, and African mass migration; the emergence of India on the Asian and global industrial stage; social and political turmoil throughout Latin America; and the transformation of many African economies into the world’s next factory floor. He also includes updated insights into Electoral College strategies and a more detailed understanding of accurate election forecasting.

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.

Speaking Topics

  • Geopolitical Intelligence of U.S.-China trade, with a focus on global 5G technology competition
  • European post-Brexit strategies for Germany’s economy
  • Russian political disruption
  • African mass migration, the emergence of India on the Asian and global industrial stage
  • Social and political turmoil throughout Latin America
  • Transformation of African economies into the world’s next factory floor
  • Government affairs
  • U.S., NATO & EU political, commercial and security issues in southeastern Europe

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