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John Simpson CBE

Author, Journalist and BBC World Affairs Editor

John Simpson, BBC's World Affairs Editor and head of the team of foreign and special correspondents, has reported from more than 100 countries, including 30 active war zones. Known as one of the world's most experienced and authoritative journalists, he has interviewed some of the world's most famous and controversial leaders.

"His remarkable life offers a ringside seat at every major event in recent global history"

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In detail

John has received numerous international awards and academic honours including, Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year in 1991 and 2000, International Ischia Journalism Prize, Italy's most prestigious media award, including an honorary fellowship from Magdalene College in 1999. He was made Chancellor of Roehampton University in 2005 and most recently received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Leeds.

What he offers you

John is an accomplished public speaker and enthrals audiences across the world with his lively and entertaining talks and lectures. He has the ability to cover topics from highly factual and intense world affairs to more light-hearted and amusing anecdotes from his extensive travels.

How he presents

Always the consummate professional, John Simpson brings great depth to his fascinating and moving presentations making him one of the most sought-after speakers currently available.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Broadcasting and Communications
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Current Affairs
  • World Politics
  • Global Trouble Spots
  • World Affairs
  • Anecdotes of his Life and Experiences


  • John was excellent. He was very open and honest and was extremely well received - Membership Organisation

Books and publications

  • 2010
    Unreliable Sources
  • 2007
    Twenty Tales from the War Zone
  • 2007
    Not Quite Worlds End - a Traveller's Tale
  • 2005
    Days from a Different World
  • 2004
    The Wars against Saddam
  • 2003
    Simpson's World
  • 2002
    News from No Man's Land

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