Daniel Silke – Political Analyst

Daniel Silke – Political Analyst is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading Political  Economy Analysts, Futurists and most passionate keynote speakers. As Director of the Political Futures Consultancy & faculty consultant for Duke Corporate Education, Silke serves a host of major blue-chip companies with outstanding keynotes and workshops aimed at the convention, conference and events industries.

He has over 15 years experience in delivering stimulating, entertaining and insightful presentations on South African, African and Global political and economic trends. Book through Conference Speakers

His client list includes Marriott International, Oracle, CISCO, PwC, MTN, KPMG, FirstRand, Grant Thornton, Deloittes, Distell, Momentum, Sanlam, Estee Lauder, FNB, SunGard, Barclays and ABSA. Silke is the author of the book Tracking the Future: Top trends that will shape South Africa and the World and regularly appears on and contributes to CNBC Africa, ENCA, SABC, ANN7, Bloomberg, AFP, Fin24, News24, Deutsche Welle, the BBC, 702, Classic FM and Business Day.

In 2014, Silke spoke at the prestigious World Affairs Council in Washington DC on African issues.

Daniel Silke - Political Analyst

Daniel Silke – Political Analyst

Daniel Silke – Political Analyst

South African Keynotes


South Africa’s most comprehensive political & economic overview.

Leadership weakness, economic stagnation and political upheavals all together create substantial uncertainty. In this flagship keynote, Daniel Silke combines economic and political trends to put into context the turbulent times in which the country operates.

Daniel Silke-Political Analyst 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?
  • Can we kick-start economic growth?
  • Will stability prevail?
  • Has South African politics changed?
  • Can the ANC remain united and regenerate itself to stem the momentum towards Opposition?
  • And, what type of leadership can we expect in the short-to-medium term as the succession race to lead the ANC and the country heats up.

The State of the Nation in focus.

After 23 years in power, the governing ANC finds itself more divided than ever before.

With declining support – especially in the urban areas and questions over economic policy and performance, South Africa faces substantial challenges. Almost 9m South Africans are now unemployed and growth rates do not nearly keep pace with the rate of population increase. State-owned-enterprises are in disarray.

Globally, the country is now watched every step of the way by a variety of ratings agencies set to determine our short-term performance.

The ANC faces a 2019 election with greater uncertainty than ever before.

Does this mean that South Africa is unravelling as a coherent and efficient state or can it pull itself back, begin to grow and consolidate so many of the important gains made since the end of Apartheid? In this new keynote presentation,

Daniel Silke delves deep into the political and economic divisions within the ANC in a year in which the deep factionalism of recent times and leadership succession threaten to disrupt its performance.

Who are the contenders for power and what will they mean for policy-making and delivery in the future? Will South Africa succeed in future or will it unravel? That’s the core issue of this dramatic, yet essential new presentation.


South Africa in the context of regional and global disruption.

South Africa faces considerable domestic challenges – but clearly, we do live in a global village and events in the broader African and international environment have substantial impact on our economic performance. In this comprehensive new keynote

Daniel Silke – Political Analyst 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 and Sub-Saharan Africa.

African Keynote


Africa’s political economy in focus. Resilience or regression ahead?

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, much of Africa is now experiencing headwinds. Low commodity prices, a slowdown in China and a failure to diversify existing economics contribute to this.

In addition, whilst many countries have transitioned to competitive democracy, there remains several nations deeply divided and economically vulnerable.

Global Keynotes

  1. Global Watch 2017: Risk, Challenges & Opportunities

Turbulent tides and times ahead. The world’s political economy in focus.

The election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and a populist uprising against globalization in both the US and Europe has unsettled the world. In an era of sluggish growth for Western nations and mixed fortunes for emerging markets, a new era of international relations – and potential risk is upon us.

The unsettled geo-political realm – with a more assertive Russia and rising China comes at a time of greater socio-economic inequality and political polarization. Differing levels of economic growth and expectations 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, risk and consequences. In this fast-paced, comprehensive and engaging new keynote, Daniel Silke – Political Analyst delves deeply into the core political, economic and social issues facing the international community today.

Daniel Silke – Political Analyst focus is on the nexus between political forces likely to shape business and the economic conditions. This is a global analysis suitable for audiences world-wide. It connected the complex dots between causes and consequences yet it 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. 

  1. TRACKING THE FUTURE: Global Trends 2025 & BeYOND

Explore the politics, economics and social trends of the near future.

Key social, economic, political and technological changes are set to substantially alter the world – and the business environment over the next few years. Governments are battling with high levels of income inequality – yet there is also a contradictory reduction in poverty levels world-wide.

New consumers are being born by the minute in emerging nations like India, China and across the African continent while a dramatic shift to urban living is creating giant mega-cities offering substantial benefit and major challenges to their citizenry. Follow on Twitter

Global economic power has shifted over the last decade towards the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations but volatile political dynamics in each society can derail this growth in the future and point to new emerging players gaining centre stage.

Daniel Silke-Political Analyst

Further Global Keynotes Include:

  1. Emerging Worlds: The influence & impact of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) & the rise of the rest.

Brand new insights & analysis!

Once the darling of the global investor community, the BRICS and a basket of emerging nations are now suffering uneven economic development and related political insecurities. Daniel Silke presents a macro-economic and political analysis of the core trends in the member countries and assesses the role of Emerging Markets into the future.

  1. The State of the World: The Global Economy in 2017. New insights into the latest economic trends facing the world.

Looking for an insightful and informative take on current global economic conditions? Daniel Silke’s constantly updated keynote offers just that. Silke takes financial charts and economic trends – distilled into an hour – and makes it entertaining and compelling. Go literally ‘around the world’ in 45 minutes with this macro-economic overview


With a wide grasp of domestic and international political, social and economic issues, Daniel Silke makes the ideal chair of any panel discussion within the conference or convention environment. Silke can moderate at the highest level, participate where needed and can stimulate debate and discussion amongst participants, invited guests and delegates. For your on-stage moderation needs, book Daniel now for your next event.


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