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.