Nik is one of the world's leading and most respected conference facilitators and moderators.
He has received many plaudits for his hosting at face-to-face, virtual and hybrid events. He combines his broadcasting and expert moderating skills to create dynamic, energetic and interactive experiences.
"Nik was a lead moderator at our biennial Network Conference for 240 global Chairs and CEOs in our Wallenberg group of companies. His excellent moderation contributed to ensuring the closed event was a huge success. Our post-event survey concluded it was the ‘most appreciated conference since 2005’. Nik received largely the top rating of ‘Very Good’ from participants. We appreciated especially his pre-conference commitment plus his contribution of ideas, insights and preparation for key issues and interviews. We look forward very much to working with him again."
- Investor AB
Nik is also Founder and Co-Director of Thinking the Unthinkable. The independent project helps leaders embrace threats and opportunities in the new era of radical uncertainty and disruption.
Nik inspires leaders to adapt, survive, then thrive in the current disruption. He achieves this globally through presentations and workshops. The COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed all the project’s alerts to leaders since 2014. The deepening climate emergency makes them even more relevant.
You will also know Nik as a main 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.
Here are more testimonials for his hosting:
"Thank you for your fantastic job. It was a true pleasure for me to work with you and I was enormously impressed by your attention to detail and dedication to ensuring that the event would be a success. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you again."
- Lorenzo Bernasconi, Head of Climate and Environmental Solutions, Lombard Odier
"I have worked with Nik for a couple of years now, and knew instantly that I wanted him more involved in our Summit. He has a sharpness and edge which helps create that electric conversation whilst delivering a super professional presentation. A true professional, he provides input in every detail to ensure the success of the event."
- Peter Sandberg, Chief Executive, Swedish Chamber of Commerce
"Working with Nik was stimulating, as he asked pertinent questions during the preparation phase that allowed us to improve the format of the event and the quality of the content. His warmth, together with his ability to firmly offer an external observer’s point of view, makes working with him very enriching.
"The result of the collaboration was a very engaging event with an approachable tone that made it easier for all the contributors to convey the content. It obtained a high level of satisfaction from the attending and remote participants."
- Enel, Grid Futurability ® for a Net-Zero World
"A big thank you for once again so brilliantly moderating the Opening Session of the Aurora Forum. You were as ever marvellous in the role and warmed the room up and set the tone for how everyone felt they could speak and join in."
- Stephanie Ashton, Founder & Executive Director, Aurora Forum
"I cannot tell you how grateful I am. Thank you so much. It was a super brainstorming. Thank you for pushing us to ensure it was a success. The feedback was very good. Your opening session was fabulous and a success. Really, really professional. It exceeded expectations."
- Summit of Minds, 2020 for top business executives
Nik chaired five days of digital events at the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2020:
“A big big thanks to Nik Gowing, the host for this week. 40 years of Broadcast experience really does make a difference.”
- Rhys Thomas, Programme Director and Head of Innovation Portfolio at Climate Action
"A sincere thank you to the team at Thinking The Unthinkable for encouraging us to seize the moment and lay the foundations for the next chapter of FFI’s history. Our collaboration brought a sense of pace and urgency, encouraging us to embrace opportunities and rise to the challenges ahead. There has never been a more important time to think the unthinkable."
- Mark Rose, CEO, Fauna & Flora International
“You are the best host of any high-level climate conversations I’ve seen. Seriously well done and thanks for the work you do!”
- Grant Harrison, Account Executive, GreenBiz Group
“Thank you Nik for this week’s webinars. World Class, very informative, top level contributors.”
- Richard Hagan, Managing Director, Panelfx
“Awesome Sustainable Innovation Forum. Listened as much as possible during my day and really appreciate all your moderation, curation and leadership in this important area.”
- Dr Ralf Belusa, CDO & Supervisory Board Member
“It has been a pleasure to hear you and the other speakers on very important topics. I congratulate and applaud you on your work.”
- Kevin Korn, Global Sport Brand Builder & Strategist
“Nik has an infectious energy and delegates responded with active participation, true dialogue and engagement, and shared learning. Nik has an uncanny ability to actively listen while processing the content in real time – a skill from his BBC days.”
“Unlike more classical facilitation, Nik had a busy chat line under way, was engaged with the audience, was managing the content, pace and flow, and he ensured that everyone was heard. His facilitation skills are unparalleled. Nik hit the ball out of the park for us!”
“It is the second time within a year that we have called upon Nik Gowing to facilitate a conversation with CEOs of Ontario’s hospital sector. On both occasions, one in person and the second virtual, Nik commanded the room and led vibrant engaged conversations.”
- Nik facilitated events for the Ontario Hospital Association in 2020
"I must mention, you were simply cool, effective and in full control. This is what an experienced broadcaster does (I keep participating in the webinars and was able to see the
difference!). Please count me in, as fellow traveler in all your future endeavor."
"...it was a pleasure to participate, the questions were deep and sharp on issues of climate, pandemic and pollution nexus. You were as fabulous as ever"
- Climate Action webinar - April 2020
“It is a pleasure to work with you, truly very inspiring and thought provoking. SINCERE THANKS for doing such an excellent job at guiding all of us through the topic. We covered a lot of ground in 90 mins - and you kept us on our toes.”
“…I truly enjoyed the event and our discussions and want to thank you for your professional guidance and steering, which were the main contributors to an open and honest dialogue.”
- Nik has moderated two virtual events for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in 2020
“Very well done Nik. You are a star.”
- Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chair of AB Volvo, Chair of European Round Table for Industry, Chair BP 2010-18
Here are more pre-lockdown plaudits for Nik's work:
"You pulled a legendary slot out of the bag this pm. Really very impressive. You put others to shame. Well done!!!"
- Future Investment Initiative, 2019
“There’s something about this intimacy. The fact that Nik Gowing can basically draw something out of every single person in the room when he is facilitating a session is very very special.”
“Part of me wants to tell the world and part of me wants to not tell a soul!”
- Steve Marshall, Premier of South Australia at the Australian Leaders' Retreat, 2019
"The second Nik arrived he took command as the Forum’s moderator. He suggested great ideas we implemented which helped reinforce audience engagement with the speakers...
...On stage, Nik was brilliant and knew how to ask the right questions to speakers and audience so to setup the stage for a rich discussion between speakers and audience and speakers during the panel discussion. This is the second time we had Nik moderate our Forum and he did a fantastic job for our event."
- Nik chaired the MASIC Investment Forum in February 2020
"Thank you for a wonderful workshop. You were wonderful, and it would not have been a success without you.
I appreciate your partnership in this effort, and I hope our paths cross again in the future to continue to advance this important topic."
- Nik chaired a major international conference in 2019
"Brilliant moderating. Everyone is saying so and talking about what you achieved. You created real energy and engagment
- International Conference, Berlin December 2017