Mark Brolin Keynote Speaker
- Independent British-Swedish Geopolitical Strategist, Economist and Author.
- Author, 'A State of Independence: Why the EU is the Problem not the Solution' and 'Healing Broken Democracies: All you need to know about Populism'
- Regularly featured in UK and Swedish media publications, including The Telegraph, The Times, CapX, Expressen, Expressen TV, Göteborgsposten, amongst others
Mark Brolin's Biography
Mark Brolin is a Geopolitical Strategist, Economist and Author who helps policy makers, business leaders the public navigate today’s tumultuous – and analytically fascinating – transition period. He is a popular keynote speaker on topics such as democracy, populism, trend-analysis, political forecasting and macroeconomic forecasting.
Mark has worked for several well-known organisations, including the Swedish Foreign Ministry, Nasdaq (OMX) and Cantor Fitzgerald. He was employed by Cantor during the September 11 disaster (Cantor was the company most severely affected; 650 of his colleagues lost their lives). This was a career turning point for Mark as it resulted in a greater urge to contribute to society by aiding in safeguarding the cornerstones of peaceful and civilised nations.
For over 20 years and on three continents, he has provided outside-the-box analysis – political and economic – to research institutes, think tanks, corporations and media. He is not afraid to challenge mainstream thoughts and trends that are based on hype, and offer an alternative outlook. He is a regular contributor to public debate and has featured in several publications in the UK (The Telegraph, The Times, CapX), in Sweden (Expressen, Expressen TV, Göteborgsposten) and elsewhere (Indus News).
Mark has no links to any political party as he believes in the power of political balance rather than in the superiority of any individual ideology. One of his key analytical findings is that every dominant political camp will, eventually, move into the terrain of utopian (idealist) excess. Including, as experienced for the first time over recent decades, the Centrist camp. Mark has pointed out, numerous times, that he sees the EU as a textbook example of an initially sound realist project that has descended into the terrain of idealist (utopian) excess.
Mark is the Author of ‘A State of Independence: Why the EU is the Problem not the Solution‘, in which he applies a realist approach to the European debate, and offers a critical analysis based on the history and politics of Europe. In his latest book, ‘Healing Broken Democracies: All you need to know about Populism‘, Mark is arguing that populism, on both sides of the Atlantic, has followed as an inevitable counterreaction to unintended Centrist excess. This explains the vicious circle of mutual misunderstanding and tribal mudslinging. However, unlike many others who talk about unbridgeable polarisation, Mark maintains that the doors of reconciliation are wide open. The shift will take place as soon as we acknowledge that most disgruntled voters are not reacting against Centrism per se but, “only”, against the overshoot (idealist) features of Centrism. The research phase of Mark’s Populist project involves also six world famous thought leaders: David Goodhart, Matthew Goodwin, Eric Kaufmann, Luigi Zingales, Daron Acemoglu and Jonathan Haidt.
Mark completed a master’s degree in Economics at Stockholm School of Economics.
Mark Brolin's Speaking Topics
• Topical Geopolitical round-up
• The key trends shaping today’s society
• Why the UK really has gained a transition period head start
• Why Europe is losing its competitive edge
• Winning the trend forecasting game by abandoning conventional wisdom
• What history can tell us about populism
• The return of the establishment-vs-the-people-divide
• Why the golden age of the European project ended when the EEC was transformed into the EU
• How Sweden has transformed from a role model for Centrist realism into a cautionary tale for Centrist idealism
• The many myths surrounding the Swedish Coronavirus strategy
• Why the political turbulence is totally predictable also going forward
• Why democratic countries should stop going on in a doom-and-gloom vein in relation to the future