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Nik

Nik Gowing

Co-Director

Nik Gowing is co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable and Director of Think Unthink.

Nik was a main news 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.

He spent 18 years at ITN where he was Diplomatic Editor of Channel 4 News.

Since 2016, he has been a Visiting Professor at Kings College London, and also at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, focussing on deepening and widening the Thinking the Unthinkable research.

He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics and is an adviser on leadership challenges to the President of the UN General Assembly.

He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University in 2012 and Bristol University in 2015. They recognise his ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.

Chris

Chris Langdon

Co-Director

Chris Langdon is co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable and Director of Think Unthink.

He is also Founder-Director of Reconciliation Through Film, a charity being established to develop new ways of using communications to help conflict resolution. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

From 2010-2014 Chris was Managing Director of the Oxford Research Group (ORG) which focuses on conflict resolution in the Middle East and on challenging security policy orthodoxies.

He has worked extensively on facilitating political reform in SE Europe. He directed the Communicating Europe Programme for the European Stability Initiative, 2008-2010.

As Associate Director of the Wilton Park Conference Centre, 1997-2008, Chris chaired over 50 high-level conferences; many of which focussed on the Western Balkans. He directed two documentaries designed to facilitate change; ‘Bosnia Story’ and ‘Mitrovica, chronicle of a death foretold?’

He began his career as a TV producer for BBC, ITN and APTN from 1978-96.

Rebecca

Rebecca Geach

Co-ordinator

Rebecca Geach is the coordinator for TtU and has been helping to develop its organisation and structure.

Having started her career at the Dow Jones, Rebecca has more than 10 years media experience including six years at Sky and several years as a financial conference producer. She also brings political insight with her having worked at the Houses of Parliament.

From her time in politics she knows that Thinking the Unthinkable is now needed more than ever.

Didi

Didi Ogede

Researcher

Didi is a researcher who has used Nvivo qualitative software to analyse all TtU data - managing the knowledge and information gained through on-going research.

Didi was formerly a researcher at the NGO Aston-Mansfield investigating leadership development within charities. She also worked for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity’s leadership development programmes, helping the next generation of socially conscious leaders in Ghana as well as the UK.

The TtU vision aligns with Didi’s mission to challenge blind conformity and promote positive social change.

Sam

Sam Whipple

Consultant

Sam Whipple is a consultant who has project managed the rebranding of TtU, the redevelopment of its website and operating model.

Sam is a former senior editor at BBC News. He was the author of a learning and development strategy to enable BBC News to maximize the benefits of digital transformation.

Trained as a member of the BBC Coaching Network, he helps people adapt their thinking and behaviour to new challenges. His leadership training uses emotional intelligence to help teams thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Ali

Ali Willis

Consultant

Ali Willis is a geopolitical communications specialist who joined TtU is the role of New Business Consultant.

She runs her own consultancy and has worked with a range of clients including royalty, ambassadors and government organisations, high profile business leaders as well as philanthropic foundations.

Ali was the Head of Media and Communications for Her Highness, Sheikha Moza of Qatar and was part of Qatar’s successful FIFA World Cup 2022 bid team. She previously worked for BBC News as a foreign news and programme producer.

Ali strongly connects with the TtU ethos of shared learning for the good of all.