John Sitilides

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John Sitilides specializes in government affairs, strategic communications and geopolitical risk management, serving as Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC.

In partnership with former Members of Congress, he manages a client portfolio including environmental regulation, private property rights, energy technology, water infrastructure and natural resources conservation issues.

Sitilides serves on the Board of Directors of 3doo, Inc., a global cloud-based 3D media technology company, and of Biovest International, a bio-pharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other blood cancers.

Under a U.S. government contract, Sitilides manages the U.S. State Department's professional development program for senior U.S. diplomats in Greece and Cyprus, in coordination with the Turkey program.

Twice recognized by the State Department for expertise in public policy and international relations, Sitilides speaks on geopolitical risk management and the business impact of American politics and global developments at investor and business conferences, and before government, military and intelligence community audiences.

Education[edit]

Sitilides received his Master's Degree in International Affairs at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in 1986, with specialization in International Security Policy and Western European Affairs, and his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Queens College in 1983.

Career[edit]

Sitilides began as a communications and legislative aide to U.S. Senator Al D'Amato (Republican of New York) from 1985 to 1993, and on the senator's successful 1986 & 1992 re-election campaigns. He was a government affairs strategist to AKT Development Corporation, a major land development corporation in Sacramento, California, where he managed Congressional & Executive branch agency lobbying & communications strategies on federal wetlands, endangered species, and property rights issues from 1993 to 1997.

In 1998, he launched the Western Policy Center, a Washington, D.C. international relations organization researching and forecasting U.S. political, commercial and security issues in southeastern Europe. After seven years as Executive Director, overseeing strategic planning, policy analysis, political and corporate communications, and financial management, he negotiated its merger with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to establish the Southeast Europe Project, where he served as Chairman, Board of Advisors from 2005–2011. He also served as an Alternate Member of the Commerce Department’s U.S.-Greece Initiative for Technology Cooperation in the Balkans, under President George W. Bush.

In 2005, he launched Trilogy Advisors LLC and resumed his government affairs and strategic communications practice.

Twice formally recognized by the State Department for international affairs expertise, Sitilides has testified before Congress on U.S.-European relations[1] and delivered geopolitical risk analyses at the Family Office Wealth Management Forum, Landmark Angels Venture Forum, Istanbul World Political Forum, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Joint Forces Command, the U.S. Army Management Training Center, and the National Defense University.

A media commentator on national politics and global affairs, Sitilides has been interviewed or featured in U.S., European and other international broadcast, print and new media including: Fox News Channel,[2][3] CNN,[4][5] CNN International, One America News Network, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The Weekly Standard, Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Reuters, TheStreet.com, Kiplinger Business Forecasts, BBC News, Asia Times, National Public Radio, Voice of America, and Radio Free Europe.

Sitilides serves on the Board of Governors of the Advanced Imaging Society, promoting the global film industry’s arts and technologies; the Board of Directors of International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization; and the Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, a national Greek Orthodox foundation.

A member of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals, the Association of Former Senate Aides, the Columbia University Club of Washington, D.C., the New York State Society of Washington D.C., 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.

Published works[edit]

  • "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, November/December 2009
  • "Quiet Bridge-Building in Greek-Turkish Relations," (co-authored op-ed) Washington Times, January 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) see Public Lectures Yearbook, 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

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