Nik Gowing leadership speaker
Nik Gowing leadership speaker

Nik Gowing

Expert on Leadership

Speaker Themes

  • Leadership
  • Organisational culture
  • Current affairs
  • Presenter and moderator

Travels from

London, UK


Nik was a main news presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News from 1996 to 2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London, plus location coverage of major global stories.

He spent 18 years at ITN in senior roles including Diplomatic Editor at Channel 4 News. He received a BAFTA in 1982 for his coverage of martial law in Poland.

He is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics. He is an adviser on leadership challenges to the President of the UN General Assembly.

Nik has been a member of the councils of major think tanks like Chatham House and the Royal United Services Institute.

His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University ‘Skyful of Lies and Black Swans’ (2009) predicted what is now labelled ‘Fake News’. It identified the new vulnerability and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.

In 2014, Nik founded the Thinking The Unthinkable project, a series of high-level interviews with global leaders in business and the public sector. These conversations examine the enormous challenges and disruptions leaders face, and tease out methods for managing change by altering mindset, culture and behaviour. Nik co-authored a book based on this research – Thinking The Unthinkable: a new imperative for leadership in the digital age – in 2018.

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