David Shukman

Former Scientific Editor - BBC

David Shukman is a legendary science journalist. He is widely recognised as a master storyteller about the biggest environmental challenges of our time, from global warming to the loss of nature to sustainable living for the future.

"A voice of credibility and authority"

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  • The Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Technological Innovation
  • Space Exploration
  • Conference Moderator


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How he presents

Sought after as a speaker and moderator and respected equally by business leaders and environmental campaigners, David presents clear explanations of the latest science with a vivid anecdotal style.

Books & Media

  • An Iceberg as Big as Manhattan
  • Reporting Live from the End of the World
  • The Sorcerer's Challenge - Fears and Hopes for the weapons of the Next Millennium
  • Tomorrows War: Threat of High Technology Weapons
  • All Necessary Means: Inside the Gulf War

In Detail

Over a career that's involved assignments to more than 100 countries, David has built up a reputation for clarity, accessibility, and narrative power. According to the BBC, where he was a senior journalist for nearly 40 years, his role in elevating the profile of climate change is described as "ground-breaking". For most of the last 20 years, David led the BBC's award-winning coverage of climate change earning praise for his deep understanding of the science along with a sense of fairness and pragmatism about potential solutions. From the Amazon to the Arctic and from Bangladesh to the Kalahari, he's been a unique witness to the devastation of communities as extremes of weather become more severe. At the same time, he's been the target for climate deniers and sceptics accusing him of exaggerating the risks.


David's goal is to bridge divides at a highly polarised time and to help the search for positive outcomes. He has a unique ability to guide the corporate world through the challenging environmental and scientific issues facing business today and enable them to make positive changes to the way they operate to enhance economic and environmental effectiveness.



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