Humphrey Hawksley
Speaker Profile

Leading BBC Foreign Correspondent, author and expert on world affairs.

Humphrey Hawksley has reported some of the most significant news stories of the last twenty-five years.  A familiar face to millions of viewers, Humphrey has broadcast from places such as the Philippines, Delhi, Hong Kong and Beijing (where he opened the BBC’s first television bureau).  Uncompromising in the integrity of his journalism, he was expelled from Sri Lanka in 1986 for revealing atrocities against citizens in the Tamil civil war.  Humphrey has featured as a presenter in documentaries such as Bitter Sweet, which revealed the use of child labour in cocoa farming for the billion dollar chocolate industry, and Old Man Atom, which examined the international resurgence of nuclear power.  His latest assignments have explored China’s growing economic and political influence, and organized crime in Europe.  Humphrey’s journalism has appeared in publications such as the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune and Yale Global, and he has spoken at prestigious universities including Cambridge and Columbia.  A successful author of both non-fiction and fiction; his latest book, Democracy Kills, is a thought-provoking and timely study of Britain and America’s desire to bring democracy to the world at any cost, while his Dragon trilogy is highly acclaimed.

What the audience can expect
A dynamic and compelling motivational speaker, Humphrey uses gripping and witty anecdotes to explain complex global issues.  Whether analysing the risks and potential of China for City of London investors, or pinpointing the pitfalls of military intervention for an Afghan charity, he can draw upon his vast knowledge and experience of working at the heart of contemporary world affairs.  Equally at ease making a formal presentation with slides or simply talking to an audience in a conversational manner, Humphrey is a versatile speaker who can tailor his presentation for any context; from an early morning academic conference session to a convivial after dinner speech.
Humphrey is also available to talk on the challenges facing children with special needs for which 50 percent of the fee goes to SCOPE or a relevant special needs children’s charity.

Quotes

'Thank you for speaking at our China Conference at Merchant Taylors’ Hall on 6 July (2010).  Your thoughts on Tiananmen Square and the comparisons with the collapse of communism in Russia gave us profound insights into the Western perceptions of Chinese culture.'

Martin Currie, Investment Management LTD (2010)

'Thank you for giving such an excellent and compelling talk at the Royal Geographical Society last night.  Many emails have come in saying how good you were and thought-provoking.'

Afghan Action, RGS illustrated talk (2010) 

'Many thanks for moderating on Tuesday, you did a fantastic job of bringing the discussion together in the most thought-provoking way.'

Frontline Club Debate: Can Unarmed People Still Change the World? (2010)

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