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Sir John

Distinguished Fellow

John Sawers is Chairman and Partner of Macro Advisory Partners, which provides leading investors, corporations and governments with the strategic insights required to navigate the intersection of global markets, geopolitics and government policy in a volatile and complex world.

John joined MAP in early 2015 after completing his five-year tenure as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in November 2014. As Chief he modernised the way the Service works and created a more open approach to public accountability, as well as leading it through a period of high terrorist threat and international political upheaval.

Prior to leading MI6 he was the UK’s Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009), Political Director of the Foreign Office (2003-2007), Special Representative in Iraq (2003), Ambassador to Cairo (2001-2003) and Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1999-2001). He studied at the universities of Nottingham, St Andrews, Witwatersrand and Harvard. John is, in addition, a Non-Executive Director of BP, a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation.