Sam Wilkin offers economic and political insight with “humour, drama and an eye for ironic details,” in the words of Belgium’s Trends magazine. Backed by the unmatched resources of Oxford Economics (which produces forecasts for more than 190 countries, 100 industries and 2,600 cities globally), and Oxford Analytica (which provides geopolitical analysis every business day), Sam delivers not stump speeches but interactive and stimulating analysis of the economic and geopolitical trends impacting your business.

For events and meetings of senior executives, Sam prepares a set of slides, illustrated with lively charts and graphics, explaining and forecasting the hottest topics in economics and geopolitics, from the outlook for US consumers, to the slowdown in China, to the risks of Brexit and Grexit. After a short overview of the general outlook, he then moves from topic to topic based on interests of your event’s attendees, taking questions after each segment. It’s an interactive approach he has used everywhere from corporate board meetings to events of 200 to 300 attendees.

Sam came to present to our board of directors in Munich last year. He gave a very engaging and insightful forecast, with excellent interaction with our board.

Graeme Watt, President, Technology Solutions EMEA at Avnet

I’ve heard Sam speak on a number of occasions at various events. He is a real subject matter expert with great insight and always delivers his messages in an engaging and humorous way.

Carlo Longhi, Director, European Reseller & Supplies Group at Xerox

Thanks so much for speaking at our offsite. You brought such an interesting perspective to innovation and competition that our group is still debating!

Kara Murphy, Chief Investment Officer, SunAmerica Asset Management

Sam Wilkin’s keynote speech was outstanding, the ideal person and topic.

Klaus Scheitz, Head of Real Estate Finance, Investkredit

Sam’s research and writing covers some of the hottest topics impacting business. His new book, Wealth Secrets: How the Rich Got Rich, published in August 2015, was that month an Editor’s Choice selection of the New York Times Book Review as well as an Book of the Month selection. Interviews, excerpts and op-eds related to the book have appeared in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Telegraph, Times of London, MarketWatch, CityAM,, BBC World Service, National Public Radio, and Money Magazine, among others.

In his provocative and entertaining book talks, Sam addresses topics such as the rise of ultra-profitable businesses, the dynamics of competition and innovation, and the explosion in the ranks of the world’s billionaires. For instance, what does the political backlash against the so-called “robber barons” of the early 20th century United States tell us about today’s politics? How did entrepreneurs from India and Russia come to be so prevalent on the list of the world’s billionaires? Why is the technology sector the source of one quarter of the world’s 20 largest fortunes?

Sam is also the author, co-author or editor of three additional books and of numerous popular and academic articles. He previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics, as associate director of the consultancy practice at Oxford Analytica, as head of political risk consulting for Aon Trade Credit and as director of country analysis for Marvin Zonis & Associates. He received his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, and was the 2004 alumni fellow for Eckerd College.

Sam Wilkin provided expert insight in an informative and amusing manner…So good, we asked him back again.

Nigel Judd, Marketing Services Director, Tech Data Europe

I received great feedback on your speech.

Jenny Novoa, Sr. Director of Risk Management, Gap, Inc., and Chapter Officer, Golden Gate RIMS

Your session went down really well and was still being discussed over dinner at the end of the evening.

Andy Dow, Marketing Director, Computer 2000

Sam Wilkin is a business economist and public speaker on the global political and economic outlook.

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