John Scarlett

Former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service
John Scarlett wearing a navy suit
  • Spent nearly four-decades as an intelligence officer in Nairobi, Paris, London, and Moscow
  • Formerly responsible for the co-ordination and presentation of intelligence advice to the Prime Minister and American allies
  • Gives audiences the ultimate insider’s glimpse into the forces and key players shaping the world

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Sir John Scarlett is co-founder and Chairman of SC Strategy, a geopolitical strategy consultancy based in London.

Sir John served as Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) from 2004 to 2009. Sir John joined SIS in 1971 and over the next 20 years served in Nairobi, Paris and twice in Moscow as well as several assignments in London. He was appointed Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) on 3 September 2001. On 01 August 2004 Sir John rejoined SIS as its Chief.

Sir John’s current roles also include: Distinguished Fellow of Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); Co-Chair of the Global Advisory Council, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC; Vice-President of the UK Association de la Legion d’Honneur; Trustee of the French Institute in the United Kingdom and Trustee of the Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College.

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John Scarlett on Global Trends

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The State of the World: From National Security and Geopolitics to Cyber Threats. Sir John Scarlett offers audiences a personal look at the state of the world today and the geopolitical issues about which audiences should be “in the know.” Which areas of the world are troublesome for our nation’s interests? Which countries are on the rise and which in decline? How vulnerable is our infrastructure to cyber attack and what should we do about it? Having lived a life as an intelligence officer that few can even imagine (and movies do not quite do justice), Scarlett’s is a powerful and compelling look at the unpredictable and rapidly changing global landscape and how organizations can make it work for them—giving audiences the ultimate insider’s glimpse into the forces and key players shaping the world.

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