WFG20 Italy


Nik Gowing

Thinking the Unthinkable



Nik founded the ongoing “Thinking the Unthinkable” project in 2014 on the new frailties for leadership. He was main news presenter at BBC World News 1996-2014. For 18 years he was at ITN as bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw and then Diplomatic Editor at Channel Four News (1988-1996). He was on the councils of Chatham House (1998–2004), Royal United Services Institute (2005–2021), Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014). He has been Visiting Professor at Kings College, London and Nanyang University, Singapore. In 2018 he advised the President of the UN General Assembly on leadership challenges. He was on the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics. He is now a Distinguished Fellow at RUSI.

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