Director, Global Macro, United States
Area of Expertise: Top global political risks, US electoral politics
Willis Sparks focuses on top global political risks as well as US politics and elections. Willis also works directly with Eurasia Group's president, Ian Bremmer, on a variety of macro-political risk projects. Willis is a thought leader within the firm on issues, trends, opportunities, and risks created by political developments in major emerging market countries, US politics and foreign policy, and current geopolitical conflicts.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group in 2005, Willis worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he wrote on transnational terrorism and US national security. He regularly gives speeches on market-moving trends in international politics for investor and corporate audiences in the US and abroad. Television appearances include BBC, CNBC, the CBS Evening News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox, Yahoo, BNN, and other networks.
Willis holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he specialized in international security policy and the study of the former Soviet Union. He also earned an MA degree in International Relations from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Willis holds two BA degrees from Brown University and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.