A government affairs specialist in Washington DC, John Sitilides is involved in international relations issues and projects, and is a regular participant in major foreign policy institute and think tank working groups. Speaking on geopolitical risk management at investor and business conferences, including institutional, venture capital and family office executives, he can add significant value to conferences and events as a speaker, panelist or moderator.
John Sitilides, a Washington D.C. government affairs specialist and consultant to the Department of State, shares his insights into U.S. and global risk trends, developments and strategies before high-stakes decision makers and opinion leaders at investor, business and government conferences, forums and events. In customized executive briefings, he explores the complex geopolitical decisions that impact markets in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, helping corporate, investor and board director clients better understand and mitigate risk.
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 and bordering southeastern Europe, from 2005-2011.
As Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC since 2005, Sitilides manages a government affairs portfolio specializing in environmental regulatory reform. He has testified before Congress, and is a regular media commentator on American politics and national security on broadcast, print and digital media. He has been interviewed on CNN, Fox News, CNN International, One America News 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 media technology company; the Advanced Imaging Society, promoting the global film industry’s arts and technologies; International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization; and Leadership 100, a national Greek Orthodox foundation.
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.
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.