Top Speakers With Talks On Geopolitical Risk & Political Chaos

How can you stay ahead of the game when a single tweet can disrupt your entire week? The answer is in smart, informed risk management. These speakers, with backgrounds that span military, government, and private sector service, offer talks on understanding and managing geopolitical risk. Below is a list of some of the excellent speakers we work with who discuss on geopolitical risk and political chaos. 

15 speakers on geopolitical risk & political chaos

  • Joel Brenner, Former National Counterintelligence Executive and Author of America the Vulnerable
  • Adm. Michael RogersFormer Director, National Security Agency & Former Commander, US Cyber Command
  • Michael MorellFormer Deputy and Acting Director of the CIA
  • Evelyn FarkasFormer Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia and NBC National Security Contributor
  • Gen. John NicholsonFormer Commander of American & NATO Forces in Afghanistan
  • Director Jim ClapperFormer Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
  • Michael FromanFormer United States Trade Representative and President of Strategic Growth, MasterCard
  • Lisa MonacoFormer United States Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor and CNN Senior National Security Analyst
  • Gen. Vincent BrooksRetired Four-Star General & Former Commander, United Nations Command
  • Nick Burns Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Anja Manuel, Former Diplomat and Principal, RiceHadleyGates
  • Antony BlinkenFormer Deputy Secretary of State, CNN Global Affairs Analyst
  • Ian BremmerInternational Affairs Expert & President of the Eurasia Group
  • Kevin KajiwaraGeopolitical Expert and Co-President, Teneo Intelligence
  • George FriedmanFounder and Chairman of Geopolitical Features

Read on for more information about these speakers and their specific topics: 

Joel Brenner 

Former National Counterintelligence Executive and Author of America the Vulnerable

Joel Brenner specializes in cyber security, US intelligence, and internal data investigations. His new book reveals the startling rate at which private data is leaked without prior knowledge regardless of current security measures. Not only individuals, but businesses and corporations are all affected. Through his extensive knowledge, Brenner reveals how this situation arose and what there is to do to stop it. His expertise is applied to operational and practical business strategy, guiding the way to insulate oneself from these very real threats. 

Adm. Michael Rogers

Former Director, National Security Agency & Former Commander, US Cyber Command

Admiral Michael Rogers is one of the most-knowledgeable cyber security experts on the lecture circuit today. Rogers served under both Presidents Trump and Obama and oversaw the NSA, from 2014 to 2018, and Cyber Command responses to both the Snowden leaks and Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. He helps groups answer questions like, “What do we need to do to evolve and protect our assets?” and “What will the future look like and how will that change affect my business?”

Michael Morell

Former Deputy and Acting Director of the CIA

In an age where the intelligence community has never been more important to national security, former CIA Acting Director Morell offers audiences a debrief on the current state of our intelligence capabilities as well as how cyber fits into our relationships with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea and the role of cyber operations in war. 

Evelyn Farkas

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia and NBC National Security Contributor

Known as the top Obama Administration official on Russian issues, Evelyn Farkas shares an insider’s perspective on the Kremlin’s goals and methods. She offers a fascinating look at America’s position in the world as well as her thoughts on how to secure global stability and prosperity.

Gen. John Nicholson

Former Commander of American & NATO Forces in Afghanistan

Gen. Nicholson stepped down as Commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support mission in September of last year. An energetic, combat-seasoned voice on leading complex organizations to win, Gen. Nicholson is widely admired for his position as one of our nation’s greatest “Warrior-Diplomats,” and as the longest-serving commander in the Afghan theatre of war. Nicholson draws on his experience with large military units and allied coalitions in times of complexity and risk and provides lessons that are highly relevant to improving strategic thinking, strengthening results through collaboration and developing resilient colleagues who will thrive in today’s fast-paced global operating environment. 

Director Jim Clapper

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

Jim Clapper was America’s most senior intelligence official between 2010 and 2017, providing President Obama’s daily morning brief and holding one of the broadest portfolios in the entire government. Since leaving office, Clapper has quickly become one of our most popular speakers on cyber security. A recent client wrote that Clapper’s presentation kept their audience “completely engaged the entire time,” as he offered a privileged look inside the U.S. intelligence community’s biggest pain points, all told with his signature straight-shooting professionalism and sarcasm.

Michael Froman

Former United States Trade Representative and President of Strategic Growth, MasterCard

Michael Froman is an expert on trade and its effects on US global relationships. He was formerly President Obama’s chief advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade and investment issues. Froman’s experience and insight has never been more valuable given the current emphasis on trade. He helps audiences understand America's new role in the global economy, as well as what the Trump Administration's stances on various trade agreements mean for businesses. Currently the Vice Chairman and President of Strategic Growth at MasterCard, he is perfectly positioned to provide businesses with a 360-degree overview of how our global relationships will evolve.

Lisa Monaco

Former United States Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor and CNN Senior National Security Analyst

Based on her 4 years in the White House, Lisa Monaco believes cyber security is the biggest threat facing countries and organizations now. Suggesting that companies need to take a hard look at who and what is on their networks, she helps companies rethink how to manage and mitigate risk. Having overseen the government response to the OPM cyber-attack, she is able to discuss the diverse nature of the cyber threat—from nation states to the dark web to “hacktivists”—as well as new types of attacks, the implication of the Internet of Things, and what companies should do now to get ahead of it all.

Gen. Vincent Brooks

Retired Four-Star General & Former Commander, United Nations Command

General Vincent K. Brooks is a career Army officer who recently retired from active duty as the four-star general in command of all U.S. Forces in Korea, where he concurrently commanded United Nations Command as well as the Republic of Korea—U.S. Combined Forces Command comprising over 650,000 Koreans and Americans under arms. Widely respected as a speaker and leader of cohesive, innovative organizations, within and beyond the military, his areas of expertise include leadership in complex organizations, crisis leadership, and building cohesive trust-based teams, national security, policy, strategy, international relations, military operations, combating terrorism and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as diversity and inclusion.

Nick Burns

Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns is one of the country’s most articulate spokespeople on globalization and U.S. foreign policy, earning respect as a nonpartisan expert on public diplomacy and world affairs. Over the course of his illustrious, 27-year career, he played a leadership role in U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East and Asia and was the nation’s top career diplomat as under secretary of state for political affairs from 2005–2008. He served three presidents: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Burns speaks with candor and passion about his position at the forefront of American foreign relations and policy and offers a big-picture perspective of our country’s position on the world stage.

Anja Manuel

Former Diplomat and Principal, RiceHadleyGates

Anja Manuel is co-founder of RiceHadleyGates (along with former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice and former Sec. of Defense Robert Gates). A consultant to Fortune 50 and Silicon Valley CEOs, she breaks down the rise of emerging markets and America’s shifting role in international leadership, and presents an overview of potential pitfalls and opportunities for businesses globally. She is a frequent contributor to Fortune, Reuters, and The New York Times.

Antony Blinken

Former Deputy Secretary of State, CNN Global Affairs Analyst

Tony Blinken held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over three decades—including most recently as Deputy Secretary of State from 2015-2017. He additionally held posts as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. Blinken is a managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and a co-founder and managing partner of WestExec Advisors, a strategic consultancy. He is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times where his views appear monthly and a global affairs analyst for CNN.

Ian Bremmer

International Affairs Expert & President of the Eurasia Group

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including TIME magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. He is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets through his creation of Wall Street’s first global political risk index (GPRI)—and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets—“those countries where politics matters at least as much as economics for market outcomes”—has become an industry standard.

Kevin Kajiwara

Geopolitical Expert and Co-President, Teneo Intelligence

Kevin Kajiwara advises Fortune 100 CEOs and significant institutional investors with insights on geopolitical and policy risks, and their investment and corporate strategy implications. He plays an active role in promoting the firm’s research agenda and developing its macro views, as well as integrating Teneo’s geopolitical advisory services across the platform. Prior to joining Teneo, Kevin was the director of Strategic Clients at Eurasia Group and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee.

George Friedman

Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Features

Dr. George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster, international affairs strategist, and New York Times best-selling author. As Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a new online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events, Friedman combines his passion for writing and publishing for his readers world wide who follow international affairs. A very popular keynote speaker on the future of international geopolitics, Dr. Friedman has briefed for many major military and government organizations and is frequently invited to speak internationally.

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