Sam Wilkin is an author, economist, and geopolitical analyst. He is a senior advisor to 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, and counts among its clients more than 25 world governments).
Sam’s new book, History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall, published in April 2018, explains today’s tumultuous politics by showing that it has all happened before. It tells the stories of Argentina’s century of populism and decline, of the great American populist Huey Long, and of the divisive, populist billionaire who governed Thailand, among others – and in the process offers insight into what is happening now and what might happen next.
Sam is also the author, co-author or editor of three additional books and of numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics, associate director of the consultancy practice at Oxford Analytica, 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. In 2017 and 2018 he was a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.
Sam came to present to our board of directors in Munich last year … very engaging and insightful.Graeme Watt, President, Technology Solutions EMEA at Avnet
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
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
Sam Wilkin’s keynote speech was outstanding, the ideal person and topic.Klaus Scheitz, Head of Real Estate Finance, Investkredit