Sir John Sawers - Independent non-executive director
Appointed 14 May 2015
Chair of the geopolitical committee; member of the safety, ethics and environment assurance, nomination and chairman’s committees
Chairman and partner of Macro Advisory Partners LLP
Visiting professor at King’s College London
Governor of the Ditchley Foundation
Sir John Sawers spent 36 years in public service in the UK, working on foreign policy, international security and intelligence.
Sir John was chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, from 2009 to 2014 – a period of international upheaval and growing security threats, as well as closer public scrutiny of the intelligence agencies. Prior to that, the bulk of his career was in diplomacy, representing the British government around the world and leading negotiations at the UN, in the European Union and in the G8. He was the UK ambassador to the United Nations (2007-09), political director and main board member of the Foreign Office (2003-07), special representative in Iraq (2003), ambassador to Egypt (2001-03) and foreign policy adviser to the Prime Minister (1999-01). Earlier in his career, he was posted to Washington, South Africa, Syria and Yemen.
Sir John is now chairman of Macro Advisory Partners, a firm that advises clients on the intersection of policy, politics and markets.
Sir John Sawers’ deep experience of international political and commercial matters is an asset to the board in navigating the geopolitical issues faced by a modern global company. Sir John brings a unique perspective and broad experience which makes him ideal to lead the geopolitical committee. His knowledge and skills related to analysing and negotiating on a worldwide basis are invaluable to both the board and the SEEAC.
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