John Sitilides

An Expert Speaker on National Politics & Global Issues

Delivering Specialized Insights into U.S. & Global Geopolitical Decision-Making

In a turbulent world fraught with increasing risk, knowledge that enhances global investment decisions and international business planning is more valuable than ever.

John Sitilides, a Washington DC government affairs specialist and consultant to the State Department, shares his specialized insights into U.S. and global geopolitical decision-making before government, military and intelligence community audiences.

Sitilides has appeared on Fox News, CNN, CNN International and BBC News, and cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Institutional Investor, and other leading broadcast, print and digital media.

Twice recognized by the State Department for expertise in public policy and international relations, Sitilides speaks on American politics and geopolitical risk at investor and business conferences, and before government, military and intelligence community audiences. He has testified before Congress and is interviewed on American politics and global affairs by broadcast, print and digital media.

  • The Trump Presidency: Global Risks, Geopolitical Strategy and American Leadership 2020
  • The 21st Century Agenda: Global Challenges and Opportunities
  • The Geopolitics of American Energy Policy
  • Wobbling the Colossus: The Greek Roots of the Euro Crisis

 “Mr. Sitilides is an extremely well informed, knowledgeable and flexible speaker, who presented an excellent, well-rounded overview of the U.S. foreign policy of the second Bush Administration.  He analyzed the domestic and international factors that influence U.S. foreign policy formulation and explained the Washington perspective on the most important international issues that cause instability in different parts of the world.”

– U.S. Embassy (Nicosia)

“Our participants were greatly impressed and satisfied with the way you guided us through the political landscape of the contemporary United States. Your insights provided us with a clear and solid background to understand the current changes in America and gave us a good roadmap for our further discussions and meetings in Washington.”

– Telenor ASA (Norwegian Telecommunications Corporation)


“You are always willing to try to answer any question, no matter how controversial or personally challenging or even rude, always remaining thoughtful, original, and courteous.”

You exhibit a rare ability to process difficult and complicated questions yet maneuvering skillfully down unexpected avenues, all the while substantively addressing virtually every issue presented to you, no matter how off-beat or unexpected.”

– George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center

John’s Client List Includes…

  • BNY Mellon ealth Management
  • Columbia Business School Alumni Club
  • Family Capital Management LLC
  • Fidelity Investments Family Office Services
  • FinansBanks
  • Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey
  • International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society
  • Jacobs Asset Management
  • John Hokins University
  • Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC
  • Yale



Articles Authored by John

– A Question of Engagement: Geopolitics and the American Factor, (policy essay), Foundation for European & Foreign Policy – May 2014

– The Modern Geopolitics of the Cyprus Question (policy essay), Mediterranean Quarterly – Winter 2014

– The View From Across The Atlantic (essay), Odyssey Magazine – Nov/Dec 2009

– Quiet Bridge-Building in Greek-Turkish Relations (co-authored op-ed), Washington Times – Jan. 26, 2008

– Forward East: Euro-Atlantic Security in the Black Sea Basin (book chapter), published by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Committee – 2007

– U.S. Policy in the Islamic World (book chapter), published by the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria – 2006

– The Road Through Brussels: The U.S.-Turkey Agenda (policy essay), Turkish Policy Quarterly – Summer 2005

– Strategic Engagement in a New Era (essay), BBC International, October 2004


Professional Associations

– Team Expert, Wikistrat strategic analysis and forecasting network, 2012-present

– Chairman, Board of Advisors, Southeast Europe Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2005-2011

– Member, Wilson Council (private sector advisory group of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), 2005-2011

– U.S.-Qatar Business Council, 2008-2010

– Member, Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group)

Travels From:  Washington
$5,001 to $10,000


Keynote speaker John Sitilides is Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC, a federal government affairs and public policy firm. Managing relationships with key decision makers in Washington, D.C, California and New York for over 25 years, Sitilides specializes in environmental regulatory, energy technology, natural resources and real estate issues. Current and recent client projects – in strategic partnership with former members of Congress – include Clean Water Act federal wetlands permitting, water resources and budget authorization projects; clean-coal power generation; and public/private energy partnerships.

Sitilides manages the State Department’s professional development program for senior U.S. diplomats in Greece and Cyprus, under a U.S. government contract. He serves on the Board of Directors of Biovest International, a biopharmaceutical company, and is a member of the U.S.-Qatar Business Council and the Wilson Council, the private sector advisory group of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he is board chairman of the Southeast Europe Project.

Twice recognized by the State Department for expertise in public policy and international relations, Sitilides is a professional speaker delivering geopolitical risk and U.S. political analysis at investor and business conferences, and before government, military and intelligence community audiences. He has testified before Congress on U.S. foreign policy and is regularly interviewed on geopolitics, global economics and national political issues by broadcast, print and new media.

Sitilides previously directed the Western Policy Center, an international relations organization focused on U.S./NATO/EU issues in southeastern Europe. He was responsible for strategic planning, policy analysis, political and corporate communications, and financial management until he negotiated its 2004 merger with the Woodrow Wilson Center. He served as government relations strategist for one of California’s largest land development corporations in Sacramento, CA, and as a communications and legislative aide to U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato of New York, including on two successful re-election campaigns. He was an informal policy advisor to the 1996 Dole/Kemp presidential campaign, and was appointed in 2003 to the Commerce Department’s Initiative for Technology Cooperation in the Balkans.

Sitilides currently serves on the Board of Trustees of International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization, and of Leadership 100, a national Greek Orthodox endowment. A member of AHEPA and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, he received the 2007 “Greek Letters and Culture Award” for his contributions to the advancement of classical knowledge in American education, religion, and culture.

Sitilides holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Queens College. He lives in McLean, VA with his wife, who is an attorney and businesswoman, and their four sons.


U.S. President Donald J. Trump assumes American political leadership at a time of considerable strains in the global economy and a complex array of high-stakes global risk and geopolitical flashpoints in Russia, China, the Middle East and Europe. Along with reinvigorating the U.S. economy, the Trump Administration is charged with managing key power relationships with major political and military adversaries and the driving engines of the international macro-economic system.

President Trump’s domestic priorities include renewed domestic energy projects and exports, review of current and potential trade agreements, repatriation of trillions of dollars from foreign banks, and the advancement of new manufacturing technologies. If effectively implemented, these policies could produce fundamental shifts in U.S. international relations.

Can President Trump successfully identify and encourage capable partners to relieve the U.S. of its worldwide economic and military burdens? Can he preserve and strengthen the current international order by encouraging meaningful diplomatic efforts and empowering allies and partners to assume greater responsibility for regional stability? And how will such fundamental shifts affect the course of the U.S. economy and related investment, business and corporate policies?

This presentation will starkly assess and explore the aims & goals of the Trump Administration, and global realities projected to challenge President Trump and the American nation throughout his term in office.

John explains how geopolitical risk management is enhanced or impeded by national politics and global developments.

John assesses current and anticipated presidential and Congressional policies with far-reaching impacts on the U.S. economy and global markets.

A critical assessment of the viability of the European Union as a trading partner and global power, as well as the Euro as a viable global currency.


Areas of expertise

  • National Politics
  • Global Issues & Current Events
  • Environmental Regulatory
  • Energy Technology & Natural Resources
  • Real Estate
  • Elections
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

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