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Our Team


Nik Gowing


Nik Gowing founded the Thinking the Unthinkable project in 2014. He is co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable (2018) and a Director of Think Unthinkable Ltd.

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 in senior roles including Diplomatic Editor, Channel 4 News. He received a BAFTA in 1982 for his coverage of martial law in Poland.

He is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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

Nik has been a member of the councils of major think tanks like Chatham House and the Royal United Services Institute.

His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University ‘Skyful of Lies and Black Swans’ (2009) predicted what is now labelled ‘Fake News’. It identified the new vulnerability and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.

Nik was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University and Bristol University. They recognise his ongoing cutting edge analysis and distinguished career in international journalism.


Chris Langdon


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

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 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 focussing on the Western Balkans.

He directed two documentary videos designed to facilitate change; ‘Bosnia Story’ and ‘Mitrovica, chronicle of a death foretold?’

Chris began his career as a TV producer. From 1978-96 his roles included Senior Foreign Affairs Producer (BBC News), Scriptwriter (ITN), Researcher (Weekend World & Credo – London Weekend TV), and launch Europe Editor (APTN).