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Daniel Silke

Independent Political Analyst and Keynote Speaker on International politics

Daniel Silke is an Independent Political Economy Analyst, Author and Keynote Speaker specialising in South African and International politics. He has a specialist interest in political parties and elections and is a renowned Futurist lecturing widely on issues surrounding global change, volatility and the future of the world. He is regarded within South Africa as one of that country’s leading political commentators and most passionate public speakers. His success lies in blending both economic and political trends in highly accessible yet insightful presentations.

As Director of the Political Futures Consultancy based in Cape Town, Daniel Silke serves a host of major global blue-chip companies with outstanding keynotes and workshops aimed at the convention, conference and events industries. He has over 15 years’ experience in delivering flagship presentations on Global, African and South African political and economic trends.

Daniel Silke holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cape Town in South African and International Politics and was attached to the university’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy where he tutored within the broader Department of Political Studies. He then served in public office as a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and City Councillor in the City of Cape Town holding positions of whip for his party as well as portfolio committee chair for economic development.

He lectures regularly to university audiences in the United States with contracts recently at the Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh PA and Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida. He is also a global political trend/risk consultant for GLG based in New York City and is on Duke Corporate Education panel of speakers.

He has appeared on Newsmax TV, Sky Australia, the BBC, Australian Broadcasting Company, France 24 and TRT  Turkey. He also appears on and contributes to CNBC Africa, ENCA, SABC, Bloomberg, Reuters, AFP, Deutsche Welle, Cape Talk 567, 702, Classic FM and Business Day TV.

In 2011, Daniel Silke published his first major book, “Tracking the Future: Top Trends that will Shape South Africa and the World”. He has authored academic chapters and journal articles in publications on South African politics and regularly writes columns for Fin24/News24 and Business Day Online.

Daniel Silke has over 15 years experience in delivering flagship stimulating, entertaining and insightful presentations on Global South African and African political and economic trends.

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The State of the World 2018-19: Stability or Volatility?

In this flagship presentation, Daniel Silke delves deep into both the political and economic issues facing the world over the next 12 months. With politics and economics more closely linked than ever before, this presentation is uniquely placed to identify the core drivers set to alter the business climate. The disruptive Trump presidency, Brexit uncertainty, Europe's economic performance and 'big man' leadership across the world all point towards an ever-changing global dynamic. The role of China and India together with other emerging regional powers adds to global challenges and opportunities. In a world fighting income inequality, voter anger and immense technological change, the economic and political consequences are significant. From GDP growth and demographics to currency & trade wars; from geo-political shifts to regional tensions; from populism to globalisation, this keynote puts into context the latest developments and 'links the dots' of risk versus opportunity. This keynote provides an 18-month view and is ideal for any event seeking a broad macro-perspective of where the world is right now with the benefit of both political and economic analysis all in one. If you want to understand the changing dynamics of the global order, this is the one presentation for you and your audience.

Tracking the Future - Global Trends 2025 & Beyond

Taking a longer view is essential to any business. In this more 'futuristic' keynote, Daniel Silke identifies the core political, economic, social and technological themes and trend drivers that will act as business disruptors into the next decade. This keynote covers the latest research in demographic shifts; levels of inequality and poverty; the impact and influence of both urbanization and technology as well as the dramatic changes to geo-political patterns and global leadership since the advent of the Trump presidency and the changing dynamics of Chinese politics. This keynote also addresses the social and political costs of climate change, an ageing planet as well as the consequences for labor and skills development in a world of 'lean production', artificial intelligence and the '4th Industrial Revolution'. It also covers expectations for Chinese, Indian and African economic growth amidst renewed optimism for emerging markets. In a highly entertaining yet deeply analytical and empirically rich presentation, this keynote merges the now with the near future offering insights into a changing planet. An exciting option for those seeking a view beyond the immediate but with direct bearing on the business of the 'now' as well. This keynote is essential as a primer for what will come next in the world.

The State of Africa 2018: Success or Stagnation?

Daniel Silke presents one of the most comprehensive overviews of the current and future state of African economic development. Following a decade of impressive growth, many African countries reliant on extraction industries experienced considerable stagnation. This is due in part to low commodity prices, a slowdown in China and a failure to diversify existing economies. In addition, whilst many countries have transitioned to competitive democracy, there remains several nations deeply divided and economically vulnerable. However, many countries continue to perform well and are leading a new approach to economic and social development that will provide an impressive consumer base into the future. New social dynamics, trade blocks and a better commodity outlook are also changing and shaping a more promising future for many millions of Africans. In this keynote, Daniel Silke provides a macro-economic and social trend overview of where the continent is now and into the future. This presentation is essential for all businesses exposed to the African market and for those considering an expansion into new territories. It is also one of the few flagship macro-economic overviews of the continent currently available.

Global Watch 2018-19: Risk, Challenges & Opportunities

Equity markets are reaching record highs, Global economic growth is strong. Unemployment in the developed world is down. Yet, at the same time, the geo-political realm is extremely unsettled – with a more a protectionist United States, nationalistic Russia, rising China and a host of potentially destabilising regional conflicts creating political risk. Differing levels of economic growth, low wage growth, rising debt all create disparities, frustration as well as opportunities. Trade patterns are increasingly volatile as protectionism gains popularity. Technology is shaping and shifting the world towards greater connectivity and greater reliance on artificial intelligence bringing its own set of unique challenges. In this fast-paced, comprehensive and engaging new keynote, Daniel Silke’s focus is on the nexus between political, social and economic forces likely to shape business into the future. From infrastructure, to energy to consumer habits to healthcare, this keynote connects the complex dots between causes and consequences yet also identifies areas of opportunity for business expansion and profit. For a real, no-nonsense overview of macro conditions, risk and opportunity, this is the one keynote you need.

The State of South Africa - Will Ramaphosa Deliver?

Leadership controversies, economic stagnation and political upheavals have added to substantial uncertainty in South Africa in recent years. In this flagship keynote, Daniel Silke combines economic and political trends to put into context the turbulent times in which South Africa operates. Silke is one of the few analysts to provide a comprehensive economic update and link this with political change as well as the prevailing intrigue within the governing ANC. How is the domestic economy performing? What is the expectation for growth and business sentiment? Will the ratings agencies continue to threaten a downgrade? Will stability prevail or are the competing factions and visions for the future a risk to cohesion? Can South Africa's institutions and treasury remain independent? Can the ANC remain united and renew itself to stem the momentum towards Opposition? What type of leadership and policy formulation can the country expect in the short-to-medium term following Cyril Ramaphosa's narrow - but significant - victory at the 2017 elective conference? Just how competitive will the 2019 elections be and can the liberation party retain power into the future? If you are looking to cut through the noise and get context and content on South Africa, this is the one presentation for you.

South Africa & the Global Economy in 2018

Events in the broader international and African environment have substantial impact on South Africa's economic performance. In this comprehensive new keynote, Daniel Silke sets the scene for discussing South Africa’s economy and political performance by first looking at the essential dynamics and disruptors facing the global economy. Good growth in developed markets, the impact of greater protectionism, the rise of nationalism and solid growth from Asia all have a bearing on the domestic economy. The fortunes of Brazil, Russia, India and China all weigh on broader developing markets as their domestic performance shifts and mutates in new directions. Commodity volatility, rising debt levels and political risk factors across Africa create greater uncertainty while South Africa faces increasing competition from East African powerhouses like Kenya and Ethiopia. And the continued disruption of the Trump Presidency, Brexit and European volatility will certainly also have a profound impact – particularly on trade-related issues. This keynote discusses South Africa’s domestic political economy and its current performance but also provides a very global overview of the key trends beyond our borders. This is a critical scene-setter for any conference looking for a more macro overview of where the world is at right now followed by a discussion on South Africa.

Daniel Silke was the best speaker we heard. Not only was he highly knowledgeable but also he was also interesting and funny. He was equally adept at discussing Globalisation and the incredible story of his native South Africa ... and he even had the best presentation materials! - Former President, Strategic Marketing,

Universal Studios

An incredibly insightful, intellectually stimulating talk to the senior management team of Barclays Africa. Not only did he captivate the audience through his unique sense of storytelling and presenting but he gave valuable insight into very relevant topics not only for Barclays but the wider macro environment. I could not recommend using Daniel enough for a presentation – completely worth it!

Barclays Africa Retail and Business Banking

An excellent, engaging presenter. Energetic, holds his audience’s attention and has a great knowledge of his topic – and he is highly entertaining & thought-provoking.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC)

Mr Silkes lectures on Globalisation were most interesting and stimulating. I am sure they were enjoyed by all who attended.



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Tracking the Future: Top trends that will shape South Africa and the World

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  • UK:

    £3k to £7k

  • Europe:

    £3k to £7k

  • US:

    £3k to £7k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £3k to £7k

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  • South Africa



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