Speaker and Event Host
Simon Reeve is the instantly recognisable Travel TV Presenter of programmes such as ‘Tropic of Capricorn’, ‘Equator’, ‘Explore’, ‘Places That Don’t Exist’.
He is also a bestselling author and a fine speaker, event and awards Host. He has a passion for travel, history, current affairs, wildlife and the environment.
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Simon Reeve started work as a teenage postboy on a national newspaper, and spent more than five years as the youngest staff writer on the paper. He left to write investigative features for publications including 'Time' magazine and 'Esquire', and then produced, wrote or edited a series of current-affairs books investigating subjects such as terrorism, biological warfare, international organised crime and nuclear smuggling.
Simon’s book ‘The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the future of terrorism’, which warned of a new age of apocalyptic terrorism, was the first in the world on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Originally published in 1998 it has been a New York Times bestseller. The Washington Times said it was “a compelling reconstruction”, and “an outstanding account describing a terrible and growing peril”. Ahmed Rashid (bestselling author of the critically-acclaimed Taliban) said it was “truly original investigative work”, noting “Reeve has had unprecedented access to Arab sources as well as US intelligence sources”. The book led to BBC News describing Simon as “perhaps the world’s leading expert on al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden".
As the presenter of the acclaimed ‘adventure journalism’ TV series ‘Tropic of Capricorn’, ‘Equator’, ‘Explore’, ‘Places That Don’t Exist’ and ‘Meet the Stans’, Simon Reeve has travelled to more than 65 countries for the BBC. During 2009 Simon travelled around the ‘Tropic of Cancer’, the northern border of the Tropics region, for a major 6x1 hour BBC2 series of the same name that aired in early 2010.
The ‘Tropic of Cancer’ series is Simon’s third round-the-world trip exploring the Tropics, the region of the planet with both the richest natural biodiversity, and the greatest concentration of human suffering.
The 2006 series ‘Equator’ and ‘Tropic of Capricorn’ were Simon’s earlier television adventures exploring this fascinating region. Saving the most interesting tropical line to last, this new ‘Tropic of Cancer’ series has a strong current affairs theme, with issues including poverty, the drugs trade, climate change, industrial pollution, and a forgotten war. But it is also a spectacular travelogue. Starting in Mexico, Simon circles the planet, following the Tropic of Cancer east to paradise beaches in the Caribbean, then crosses the Sahara, borders in North Africa closed to foreigners for decades, the deserts of Arabia, the jungles of Asia, and travels on to Hawaii, visiting 18 countries, meeting amazing people, witnessing bizarre and beautiful sights, and encountering spectacular and endangered wildlife.
The 2008 BBC TV series ‘Tropic of Capricorn’ saw Simon travelling around the line marking the southern border of the tropics. On his epic journey, Simon passed through southern Africa, Madagascar, Australia and South America. The Daily Mail said: “Five Stars…Brilliant…a fascinating, illuminating journey…much more than a travelogue. As well as jaw-dropping beauty, we see poverty, smuggling, deforestation, endangered wildlife, widespread HIV, a forgotten genocide… It sounds bleak, but thanks to the informed, inquisitive and genial Reeve, it makes compelling television.”
Simon’s accompanying book, also called ‘Tropic of Capricorn’, is published by BBC Books. The Daily Telegraph said: “like all the best travellers, Reeve carries out his investigations with infectious relish, and in the realisation that trying to understand the country you’re in is not just fascinating, but also hugely enjoyable.”
In the 2006 BBC series ‘Equator’, Simon headed east around the planet, passing through troubled areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Radio Times said it was “an extraordinary journey…eye-opening…revelatory…thrilling and thought-provoking…hits us with jaw-dropping facts…delivers a string of revealing snapshots.”
’In Places That Don’t Exist’ (2005), Simon travelled through a group of unrecognised nations – countries so obscure they don’t officially exist. Among the destinations visited were Somaliland, Transdniestria, Nagorno-Karabkh, Ajaria and South Ossetia. The Daily Telegraph said the five-part series was: “exemplary… riveting… eye-opening… remarkable… superb”.
In ‘Meet the Stans’ (2003), Simon travelled through Central Asia from the far north-west of Kazakhstan, by the Russian border, east to the Chinese border, south through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the edge of Afghanistan, and west to Uzbekistan and the legendary Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. The Times said: “Simon Reeve’s journey through Kazakhstan is a first-class Boy’s Own adventure on film and illuminating too. I can’t imagine anyone switching off who stays for the first five minutes.”
"I’m delighted to say that Simon Reeve is one of the very best event speakers we have ever booked! His appearance was pitch-perfect, combining extraordinary anecdotes with brilliant story-telling. He is both motivating and inspiring, and I do hope we can book him again. "
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"Combining acute journalistic skills with inspirational footage and geographical knowledge he’s reported from more than 100 countries showcasing a rich tapestry of people and their environments. Travelling multiple times around the world for BBC series that include Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer and, most recently, Indian Ocean, he has revealed many special and also difficult, contested and inhospitable places. With programmes and books that reach out across the generations he’s a keen and infectious geographer. Particularly effective with younger audiences, he encourages them to engage with the world in which they live and to acknowledge and appreciate global issues which are instrumental to all our futures."
"Thanks for all your help organising Simon Reeve's appearance at our awards ceremony, which was a huge success. Simon had everybody riveted with his adventures and experiences, and the fact our clients and employees could ask him questions directly made them all feel very much part of the event, rather than onlookers. It was great! And he was very good at staying afterwards and chatting away and answering more questions."
" It was a highly successful and informative evening. The format of Simon Reeve's Q&A session went down really well. We have had a series of celebrity speakers - all of which have been along the traditional lines of a pre-prepared presentation followed by questions. Simon's was the first completely open Q&A session - and the feedback has all been that this was the best of the series. I was slightly fearful that the students wouldn't be bold enough to ask questions in the open session (hence the sheets of prepared questions in case I had to do all of the questioning myself) - but actually the students asked loads and we couldn't get through them all. Simon had a ring of students around him afterwards asking further questions, which he very patiently endured! Overall it was a huge success and has made us realise the value of more discursive sessions with the students - just as long as someone has passionately strong views, such as Simon, to engage the students."