"Nik was instrumental in helping us achieve a highly successful conference, not only by his mastery in engaging the delegates but also his input into the preparation. He helped us configure the conference hall to promote interaction and to think through the flow of each session. He challenged us to define objectives more clearly.
"Once at the event, Nik perfectly illustrated the impact that a skilled conference chair can have, turning all the delegates into participants not just spectators. Many veteran delegates commented that they had never been to a conference with such open and lively discussion of key topics facing the industry."
- Ian Riley, CEO, World Cement Association
"Nik Gowing and the Thinking the Unthinkable team have been instrumental to my team and business/events/projects’ success.
"Through the vast experience that Nik and his team bring - coaching and mentoring from my experience - Thinking the Unthinkable is not just a name. It is an approach, a priceless one, to any organisation and leadership/executive teams’ success.
"Nik’s role as chair ensures our events are high on impact. He drives tangible action in his approach, and not just in conversations or discussions. The preparation Nik encourages for each project behind the scenes is invaluable.
"Nik has guided our thinking to ensure we pursue the right approach to fulfilling our organisation’s mission successfully: that is raising climate action to achieve a sustainable, equitable, just and low carbon economy."
- Iolanda dos Santos, Chief Events Officer for Climate action
"As always, it has been a great pleasure to work together with you ahead of our Network Conference.
We truly appreciate that you provoke us and push boundaries.
The success of a conference like this is always dependent on the team setting it up, all the thinking around potential speakers and the pre-meetings with the speakers. We are happy that we had you on the team this year as well."
- The Wallenberg cousins, Investor AB
"The vision that you brought to the table was quite different from what we had previously
discussed internally – and it made such a difference for everything that came after.
"The setup not only made the event itself livelier and more enjoyable for participants, it also helped me immensely in my approach towards potential speakers. Because suddenly, seats in the audience were almost as attractive as actual panel seats.
"I honestly don’t think we would have been able to secure as many high-level speakers with a more traditional setup."
- David Preuss, International Policy Adviser for the mayor of Stockholm
"It was a virtuoso performance! I thought you made some great points that were highly relevant and really got people sitting up and thinking.
I cannot thank you enough for giving up your time today.
A huge thanks again for not only taking part today, but doing so with skill, great knowledge and gusto."
- Peter Power, Vice Chairman
"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
"Congratulations for your stellar moderation of the Natural Capital panel."
- Tony O’Sullivan, Panellist and Founding Partner, Pollination
"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
“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
"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
"It is impressive to see how incisively you helped distilling ideas, wisdom and energy from the many brilliant minds at the SOM."
- Ana Gerlin Hernández Bonilla Måbeck, Founder, The Nutriverse
Thank you Nik for summarising the spirit of the Summit of Minds so well! I really appreciated your astute involvement and the inspired flavours your brought to the debates with outstanding moderation skills and an incredible energy."
- Gregory Guillot, Business and Biodiversity Programme Officer, IUCN
"Great summit yet again and your moderating has a great deal to do with it."
- Atalanti Moquette, Philanthropist and Art Historian
"Your contribution to our like minded community is invaluable! We owe you so much."
- Olivier de Richoufftz, Secretary General, Family Enterprise Foundation
"It was fantastic to have you on board as a moderator, and in person! The Summit of Minds attendees were evidently craving community."
- Petra Jaeger, International Business and Development
"Fabulous summit and I really enjoyed your session facilitations."
- Risto Väyrynen, The Impact Office, Geneva
"Always such a pleasure to listen to your words, humor and extremely cutting-edge thoughts. You did an awesome job again in that summit!"
- Valerie Roze, Go-To-Market Chief Sales Executive and External Advisor
"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
“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 traveller in all your future endeavour.”
“…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.”
“The content was excellent & the speakers were interesting but best of all was the format. Nik chaired it expertly - each contribution was short & punchy, he marshalled the questions well & pushed the speakers to answer.”
“It was a pleasure to participate, the questions were deep and sharp on issues of climate, pandemic and pollution nexus. You Nik Gowing were as fabulous as ever!”
“Succinct, excellent questions and topics, and straight to the important topics. Very nicely done.”
“The quality of the presenters was outstanding for their knowledge and their vision of trends along with the evidence for their confidence. The discussion was very energising. Excellent chairing and selection of questions by Nik.”
- Climate Action virtual event, 2020
“Thank you so much for moderating two great Brussels Forum sessions this week! We received some feedback from yesterday’s speakers emphasising what an outstanding moderator you are - I couldn’t agree more!”
“Thank you again for helping us make the first virtual Brussels Forum a success!”
- Louise Langeby, Deputy Director, Strategic Convening and Operations
“My warm thanks for the friendly, collegial interaction and all the hard work and persuasion that you put into making it such a smooth and professional production. Without your feedback and nudging, the result could have been very different!”
“Thank you so much for today: you pulled a truly remarkable session despite the technical issues. [The CEO] could not even remember the glitch from the beginning in the end!”
- European Business Leaders Convention, 2020
“…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. He did a fantastic job for our event.”
- MASIC Investment Forum
“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 Leadership Retreat
“We were all very grateful both for your “interview” and the presentation of TtU, both of which energised the participants and led to their citing you or your ideas almost incessantly thereafter.
“I believe the presentation jolted them somewhat into, indeed, thinking the unthinkable and drew them out of their sometimes cosy attitude to what needs to be done or, rather, how it needs to be done.”
- UN Sustainable Development Forum
"Your contribution was outstanding and was a large part of what made it so successful. I cannot thank you enough for taking on the challenge and for turning it into such a success"
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