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Peter Frankopan

Book Peter Frankopan as a keynote speaker. Professor Peter Frankopan is the globally best-selling author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World. For more information on geopolitics speaker Peter Frankopan, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk on leo@vbqspeakers.com or 0044 7833 727090.


Peter Frankopan

Best-selling academic on world history

Speaker Themes

  • The global forces that have shaped today’s political economy

  • Geopolitical risk

  • The politics and economics of China and Asia

  • The Belt and Road Initiative

  • Sustainable cities

  • Growth markets

Travels From

Oxford, UK



Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Senior Research Fellow of Worcester College and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.

He is the globally best-selling author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, in which he traces the forces that have shaped the global economy to this day, and explains the revival of economic and political power in the east.

The book has been described as ‘magnificent’ (Sunday Times) ‘dazzling’ (Guardian), ‘a rare book that makes you question your assumptions about the world’ (Wall St Journal), ‘a treasure’ (Libre Belgique), ‘phenomenal’ (Die Welt), ‘a joy’ (Le Point) and ‘not just the most important history book in years, but the most important in decades’ (Berliner Zeitung). A New York Times Bestseller, it has topped the Non-Fiction charts all around the world, including in the UK, India and China.

Peter’s most recent book, The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World, was published in November 2018 and has been dubbed a ‘masterly mapping out of a new world order’ (Evening Standard) and nothing less than ‘a state of the world address’ (The National).

At Oxford, Peter continues to work on the history of the Eastern Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia and China. His work on the history of the Crusades has been described as ‘overturning a millennium of scholarship’ and making ‘the most significant contribution to rethinking the origins and course of the First Crusade for a generation.’

He works with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) on the future of sustainable cities and on the Belt and Road Initiative. In 2017, he was appointed Senior Advisor and Academic Expert to a major project for the World Bank and Department for International Development (DFID) on Transport Corridors in South Asia.

Peter advises governments, inter-government agencies, multi-lateral institutions and corporations around the world on geopolitics. He writes regularly for the press in the UK, US, China and South Asia about international affairs.


Peter’s pioneering work and gift for conveying ideas in an accessible way shine through in his speeches.

He brilliantly explains how sifting your perspective from a Eurocentric view of history allows you to much better understand the forces that continue to shape global geopolitics and economics.

His insights are essential for any organisation looking to understand the trajectory of the 21st century.


Peter Frankopan on global change in the 21st century (2016)

The New Silk Roads: questioning the Eurocentric view of history (2016)

Peter Frankopan discusses a new way of understanding history (2017)