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We are in a new world of geopolitical risk
Competition between America and China is getting wider and more complex
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought war back to Europe
India is rising as an economic power and a player at the global level
Populism in Europe and America is in decline but leaves a legacy of mistrust
The Middle East remains contested and volatile
Energy and food security can no longer be taken for granted
Climate change continues with inadequate steps to slow it
The World adjusted to COVID but new pandemics are possible
New technologies transform how we live and how our businesses operate

International businesses and investors have to understand these political and security risks as never before

Newbridge Advisory was founded by Sir John Sawers to provide tailored advice and personal counsel to help corporate leaders and investors gain a better understanding of how geopolitics and political risk will impact on their business.


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Sir John Sawers is Executive Chairman of Newbridge Advisory, a firm he founded in 2019 to advise corporate leaders on geopolitics and political risk.  

Sir John has 36 years of experience in diplomacy and intelligence, culminating in five years as Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).  He left public service in 2014. 

As MI6 Chief, he was a member of the UK National Security Council and the Joint Intelligence Committee, contributing to strategies and policy decisions to promote and protect British interests around the World.  He led MI6 through a period of international political upheaval and high terrorist threat, including against the 2012 London Olympics.  He also modernised the way the Service works and created a more open approach to public accountability. 

Prior to leading MI6 he was the UK’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Political Director of the Foreign Office, Special Representative in Iraq, Ambassador to Cairo and Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair.   In his earlier career he worked overseas in Yemen, Syria, South Africa and Washington, and at home was involved in policy on the EU, Russia and the Middle East. 

Sir John was Chairman and Partner at Macro Advisory Partners (2015-19) before setting up Newbridge Advisory. He was Non-Executive Director of bp from 2015 to 2024.

He studied at the universities of Nottingham, St Andrews and Harvard.  In addition to his corporate work, he has pro bono roles with King’s College London, the University of Nottingham, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Chatham House, the Royal United Services Institute, the Bilderberg Association, the Ditchley Foundation, the British-American Project and Sevenoaks School.

Articles and media appearances by Sir John can be found below. 

Recent comments

Bill Burns is an old friend and colleague. I think his nomination to be Director of the CIA is an excellent decision by President-elect Joe Biden. As well as his long foreign policy experience and his outstanding intellectual and personal qualities, Bill will bring fresh leadership to a CIA that has been marginalised during the Trump years. Bill will be able to reconnect the CIA to the rest of the government machinery and at the same time rebuild the confidence of the Agency’s brilliant people. I wish him every success

Sir John Sawers – January 2021

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