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Nik Gowing

International Broadcaster; Visiting Professor, Kings College London
Nik Gowing was a main news presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories. For 18 years he worked at ITN where he was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw, and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has been a member of the councils of Chatham House (1998–2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005–present), and the Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014), the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy including vice chair (1996-2005), and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998-2012 ). In 1994 he was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center in the J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a board member for the Hay Festival. Nik has extensive reporting experience over three decades in diplomacy, defence and international security. He also has a much sought-after analytical expertise on the failures to manage information in the new transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and times of tension. His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University is “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans”. It predicts and identifies the new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space. It can be downloaded free online after registration. The work follows an earlier study undertaken at the Kennedy School, Harvard. In 2016 he co-authored interim findings of the “Thinking the Unthinkable” study. It is based on sixty top level confidential interviews of corporate and public service leaders, plus hundreds more conversations including with the new generation of millennials. The study is in partnership with CIMA. It reveals candidly the factors that explain why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal” that have emerged since 2013. The findings are scary. In 2014 Nik was appointed a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London in the School of Social Science and Public Policy. In 2016 he is a Visiting Professor at Nanyang University, Singapore. From 2014 he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University in 2012 and Bristol University in 2015 for both his ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.
Career Success
DEC 6, 2016

Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable (Panel Session)

Panelists engage in what must be done to confront “unthinkables.”

Career Success
DEC 5, 2016

“Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable” Nik Gowing Keynote Speech

Former BBC broadcaster Nik Gowing shares his research on the theme: “Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable.”

Global Japan
OCT 8, 2014

Boosting Innovation and Dynamism: Can Japanese Companies Survive in Global Competition?

By Robert Alan Feldman, Yoshiaki Fujimori, Takashi Mitachi and Nik Gowing.   < Session Title > G1 Global Conference 2014 Plenary Session II and…

Global Japan
SEP 30, 2014

Towards 2020: How Should Japan Navigate its Politics and Economy?

By Yoshimasa Hayashi, Heizo Takenaka and Nik Gowing. < Session Title > G1 Global Conference 2014 Plenary Session I Towards 2020: How Should Japan…

Global Japan
SEP 18, 2014

Talking (or Not Talking) about the Hard Issues of Fiscal Sustainability

Richard Solomon from Beacon Reports covered G1 Global Conference 2014. Here’s how two resident experts on Japan’s economy responded to the tax hike conundrum when asked “Is Abenomics in trouble?”

Global Japan
NOV 28, 2013

A Stronger Japan: Impact on Asia and the World

By Yoshimasa Hayashi, Robert Alan Feldman, Yoshimasa Hayashi, Nik Gowing. < Session Title > G1 Global Conference 2013 Opening and Plenary Session I A…

Global Japan
JAN 16, 2012

Rebuilding Japan 3/3

3/11 posed a major challenge for the Japanese economy, especially the manufacturing sector, whose exports still remain at the crux…

Global Japan
JAN 13, 2012

Rebuilding Japan 2/3

3/11 posed a major challenge for the Japanese economy, especially the manufacturing sector, whose exports still remain at the crux…

Global Japan
NOV 30, 2011

Media, Old and New – Panel 2/2

As 3/11 unfolded, the power of social media as a communication tool over the mainstream media became apparent. Social network…

Global Japan
NOV 29, 2011

Media, Old and New – Panel 1/2

As 3/11 unfolded, the power of social media as a communication tool over the mainstream media became apparent. Social network…