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John Kampfner

John Kampfner is a renowned author, journalist and political commentator, who works with audiences worldwide, to understand and interpret the geopolitical issues that have shaped and continue to shape society. John writes regularly for the Guardian, Financial Times and Der Spiegel, and frequently appears on television and radio for a range of European Broadcasters and continues to make programmes for BBC Radio 4 and World Service.


About John Kampfner

John has worked as a foreign correspondent with the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and the BBC, covering some of the world’s biggest stories including: the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe to the rise of Vladimir Putin and the subsequent impact of Russian Foreign Policy on global affairs, conflicts in the Middle-East and the increasing fight against the global rise of right-wing populism.

John’s most recent book In Search of Berlin (2023), was published to critical acclaim, and his previous book, Why the Germans Do It Better (2020), was a Sunday Times and Amazon best-seller. Another best-seller, Blair’s Wars (2003), is now a standard text in schools, and Freedom For Sale (2009), was short-listed for the Orwell Prize.

John is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, Chair of the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration and was founder Chair of Turner Contemporary, one of the country’s most successful art galleries. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his services to the arts by Bath Spa University in 2019.

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Speech Topics

John’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • International Political Tensions: The Threat and opportunities for global business
  • The Germans: All you need to know about the EU’s powerhouse in the midst of a generational change
  • Putin – the threat, the grievance and what it all means
  • 40 elections that will shape global politics in 2024

Here you can find links to books by John Kampfner. For bulk book orders for your event please speak with a member of the team.

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