John Kampfner

Senior Associate Fellow


John Kampfner is a long-standing author and broadcaster.

He began his journalistic career as a foreign correspondent with the Daily Telegraph in East Berlin where he reported on the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany, and then in Moscow at the time of the collapse of Soviet Communism.

He went on to become Chief Political Correspondent at the FT and political commentator for the BBC's Today programme. He is a regular contributor to the opinion pages of British and international publications and on broadcast outlets.

As Editor of the New Statesman from 2005-2008, he took the magazine to 30-year circulation highs. He was the British Society of Magazine Editors Current Affairs Editor of the Year in 2006.

In 2002 he won the Foreign Press Association award for Film of the Year and Journalist of the Year for a two-part BBC film on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, called 'The Ugly War'. His film 'War Spin' received considerable publicity in the US and UK.

He has written five books. These include the best-selling Blair’s Wars (2003), now a standard text in schools on the ex-prime minister's Iraq intervention and other foreign policy; Freedom For Sale (2009), which was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2010; and in 2014 The Rich, from Slaves to Superyachts, A 2000-Year History. He has just embarked on a new book on Germany.

In November 2014, he established the Creative Industries Federation, providing a single voice to Britain’s creative sector. For eight years he was the founder Chair of Turner Contemporary, one of the UK's most successful art galleries.

He was a member of the Council of King's College, London, and was Chair of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, a charity which nurtures leaders in the charity sector.

Fluent in German and Russian, he is a regular speaker at international conferences and symposia.

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