One of South Africa's leading political economy analysts. Futurist and Global Keynote Speaker.
- 2016-2018: Consulting analyst for wide variety of international news agencies (Bloomberg, AFP, Reuters, Deutche Welle) and opinion writer for News24/Fin24 in South Africa and a host of domestic and international online and print newspapers and journals. Recently appeared on both BBC and Sky News.
- Participated in symposium at the prestigious World Affairs Council in Washington DC.
- Published a leading business book “Tracking the Future: Top Trends to Shape South Africa and the World”.
- Established Political Futures Consultancy serving blue-chip corporate clients with cutting edge keynote presentations on Global, African and South African Political Economy Issues.
- 1990-1996 Elected to both State Parliament in the Western Cape (Cape Town) and served in Cape Town City Councillor – elected public representative.
Daniel Silke is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading political economy analysts, futurists and most passionate keynote 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, 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. 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. Silke 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. Since launching his consultancy, Silke has become a familiar name on the corporate speaking circuit and in the media - both within his native South Africa and overseas.
Silke's client list client now includes Marriott International, Oracle, CISCO, PwC, Investec, MTN, KPMG, PPC, Actemium, FirstRand, Grant Thornton, Deloittes, Old Mutual, Momentum, Sanlam, Estee Lauder, FNB, BMW, Barclays and ABSA amongst many others. Silke speaks globally having recently addressed major conferences in Dubai, Amsterdam and Istanbul. 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. Silke recently spoke at the prestigious World Affairs Council in Washington DC on African issues. 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. Silke is the author of the book Tracking the Future: Top trends that will shape South Africa and the World and regularly writes columns for Fin24/News24 and Business Day Online.
Daniel Silke provides both cutting-edge economic and political risk analysis in one insightful keynote.
- The State of the World: Stability or Volatility?
A macro-economic and political risk overview of current (and future) issues affecting the world. This keynote will be customised for countries and or industries where possible.
- Tracking the Future: Global Trends to Shape & Shift the World to 2025
Applying political change, social upheavals and economic cycles to the world of the near future – understanding some of the major forces set to change business into the future.
- Be Careful Out There! The new forces of Nationalism, Globalization & Economic Power set to Shift and Shape the World.
- The State of Africa - The State of Emerging Markets
A macro-economic and political risk overview of the current state of Sub-Saharan Africa and its most important challenges and opportunities into the future.
- The State of South Africa: Can President Ramaphosa Deliver?
Macro-economic and political risk overview of South Africa as it begins a tough task of turning around its ailing economy in search of growth and jobs
"Once again, on behalf of the Directors and the Executive Management Team, I’d like to thank you for the outstanding presentation you delivered at our Strategy Workshop.
Your extensive research and tremendous insights on very complex, volatile and controversial topics generated much debate in our small group and plenary sessions and certainly gave us plenty food for thought. We really appreciated your objectivity in that you not only highlighted the areas of concern in the macro environment, but you identified the many positives and potential opportunities there are for community-conscious companies.
Most importantly, we were able to take salient points from you presentation and generate concrete steps for future investigation and action which will undoubtedly be of considerable value to our customers, employees, the communities in which we trade and ultimately our Company.
Finally, congratulations on your hat-trick with us!!!!"
Founder Member, IBC Solutions
Strategy, Change Management and
Business Improvement Consultants
"Daniel was an absolute pleasure to deal with. So charming and easy to get along with. His presentation was phenomenal and exceeded our greatest expectations and clearly those of the delegates. The feedback from our guests was over-whelming, citing an entertaining and very engaging experience. Thank you once again for providing an excellent service."
Business Development Director
Africa, Jersey Finance
Tracking the future
Respected analyst Daniel Silke provides a glimpse into global trends that will influence South African business and politics in the coming decade, such as the decline of the USA, the rise of emerging markets and the changing workplace. This book is for every South African person and business preparing for the changing world.