David Shukman
Speaker Profile

BBC’s Science and Environment Correspondent, Author

Watch David's report on renewable energy and China for the BBC here. 

One of the BBC’s leading correspondents, David is acclaimed for his innovative reporting of environmental issues from the frontlines of global change. David graduated in Geography from Durham University and, after a spell on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, has gone on to hold a series of key positions in the BBC reporting on conflicts, politics, research and environment.

For two years David covered The Troubles in Northern Ireland before being appointed Defence Correspondent, which took him to Berlin for the fall of the Wall, the Gulf, and some of the former Soviet Union’s most secret nuclear installations.

As Europe Correspondent based in Brussels, David covered the tensions between the UK and the EU, later taking up his current post in 2003.  As the BBC’s Science and Environment correspondent, he has reported from more than 80 countries and has pioneered the use of the latest technologies to become the first to broadcast live from a wide range of locations - including the heart of the rainforest in Brazil and the tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu which may be the first nation to be abandoned because of global warming.

What the audience can expect
David has won awards for transforming coverage from remote locations as diverse as the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Amazon and built up a wealth of insights and experience, from being the first reporter to walk on a new 'ice island' near the North Pole to becoming one of the first journalists to journey through the fabled North West Passage.

His presenting approach
David presents clear explanations of the latest science with a vivid anecdotal style.  As the BBC’s on-screen climate specialist during the Live Earth concerts, and a regular public speaker and conference chair, he’s hugely experienced and really enjoys connecting with an audience.

David presents in English.


Current environmental issues and science today.

David guides the corporate world through the challenging environmental issues facing business today and enables them to make positive changes to the way they operate in order to enhance economic and environmental effectiveness


'You were terrific, just the right approachable tone, great VTs and a convincingly independent view of the issue.'

British Phonographic Industry

'On behalf of the BPI board of management and our membership can I thank you for speaking so eloquently and passionately about the issues our industry face when it comes to the environment.  It was exactly the right tone and pitched at a level so that the general message was impactful as well as making sure they felt empowered to start thinking about changing their business model or personal approach.'

BPI LTD (British Recorded Music Industry)

Further information
To find out what David Shukman could bring to your event or to make a booking, please contact Alice Saunders.