“If you are not in transition and managing transformation, you are being either left behind or left out.”
In the recent years, I’ve observed how the post-financial crisis world is re-creating itself, economically, politically, and socially. I’ve given thought to what it means to the executives in charge of companies and policy makers in government institutions that must manage transition in a world of change. It is a challenging era; renewal, innovation, and transformation are required of all of us. If you are not in transition and managing transformation, you are being either left behind or left out.
We know that we are living in constant uncertainty, yet only those that are anticipating social change, seeing global economic trends and understanding the impact of public policy are those who are aware enough to be enabled to move into positions of advantage and meet their objectives. If you are anticipating change in order to manage transformation, provide leadership, invest better, or are working to stay relevant and competitive in a changing world, I believe that I can help.
How I Can Help
I’m John Sydney Hopkins. I’m a Financial Forecasting Consultant & Advisor. I’m an analyst and a strategist.
My advising and forecasting has benefitted international investors, private sector industry leaders, and policy makers in the public sector. I specialize in helping decision makers understand and operate in emerging economic zones. Global integration and institutional transformation go together. I offer my clients experience and expertise gained through years of hands-on experience in global financial markets, institutional transformation, as well as assessing macro-economics and public policy.
My mission is to create greater harmony by teaching a system of upgraded economic choices and decision making for business managers and government policy makers.
I believe that the current era is a collaborative global economy, where everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach. I believe that the strength and value of my opinion and analysis comes from my breadth of experience and independent point of view. That is what I offer. If you are a progressive thinker and see the need to anticipate change and manage transitions and transformation, hire me.
Transformation and crisis go hand and hand.
Throughout my career, I have always been involved in pioneering work, even within the organizational structure of traditional financial institutions. It seems that every phase of my career has presented upheaval and required a higher degree of agility and adaptability to manage the situation and the change, both professionally and personally.
Transformation and crisis go hand and hand. I’ve lived the personal and professional impact of financial market turmoil for decades and managed through the transformation required to survive and often prosper.
During the stock market crash of 1987, I had just begun my career in New York City, as a national product manager in Strategic Planning at Citibank, where I was developing new financial products in rapidly evolving financial markets. The pressure and stresses were enormous, leading up to Citibank almost going out of business in 1991.
In 1992, at the inception of the EU’s monetary integration phase, I was hired in Spain to advise bond investors around the globe anticipate and understand Spain’s bond market, as well as anticipate the EU’s political and economic transformation, from the beginning of the European Union’s “convergence process,” through the successful launch of the Euro in 1999.
In 1999, I was back in San Francisco working for a “start-up,” hired to advise institutional bond investors during the heights of the DOT.Com boom, and the aftermath of the subsequent bust in 2000. I was also on the desk advising clients during 9/11 and the days that followed, a time when the core functioning of the US financial system was at risk and investors were in a panic.
Later in the 2000s, throughout the decade’s “boom years,” I was hired by Wells Fargo to advise CFOs and other executives of financial institutions. Throughout the global financial crisis and ensuing market turmoil, I advised on bond portfolio and other bank matters, as we grappled with unchartered levels of financial market volatility, counter-party risk, and systemic risk.
“The consensus is often wrong” is a guiding belief that has influenced my thinking and decisions in both my professional and personal life. It has inspired my curiosity, given me the conviction to think independently, live creatively, and set-aside traditional ways of doing things and thinking when I believe that my insights, analysis or intuition are accurate.
My education includes an MBA from Georgetown University and BA in Political Science from UCLA. I recently acquired certification in International Treasury Management from the Association of Corporate Treasurers in London.
I was born in Hawaii and raised in California. I enjoy traveling globally to explore places and cultures. I enjoy the Arts, dance Argentine tango, am a black belt in karate and also practice tai chi. I started surfing when I was 6 years old. I speak Spanish fluently.
Since 2010, I have worked independently and globally, assisting clients as an independent analyst and consultant by starting my own location independent consulting firm, Radar Global LLC, a sole proprietorship, supported by experts and specialists across the globe.