William Wintercross Keynote Speaker

  • Renowned foreign correspondent with extensive experience covering major stories from wars to Ebola to natural disasters around the world.
  • Featured on PBS NewsHour, CNN, The Telegraph, BBC, Sky News, and many other outlets.
  • Co-founder of the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund, a charity which has now raised over $1 million to assist orphans.

William Wintercross's Biography

Will Wintercross has spent most of his career working overseas as a foreign correspondent and producer. He has extensive experience covering major stories from wars to Ebola to natural disasters around the world.

He speaks authoritatively about geo-politics, with a focus on EMEA including Russia and the US, and Western foreign policy. By honing and tailoring his speeches to his audience, he ensures they relate as closely as possible to what he is talking about. He also speaks about his colourful and varied life as a foreign correspondent on the frontlines.

As a producer and on-air correspondent, Will has done recent projects for PBS NewsHour and CNN. Prior to that, his work appeared on PBS/FRONTLINE, The Telegraph, BBC, Sky News, and many other outlets. He is a Pulitzer grantee and has lectured for them at their request in the US.

Will launched his career in 2001, aged 19, when he began reporting for The Ngami Times, a weekly newspaper in Botswana. In 2002, he stayed in and documented life in Romanian sanatoriums, an experience he found harrowing but immensely eye opening. In 2003 he worked along side Médecins Sans Frontières in Angola as they helped civilians displaced and injured by the civil war. Between 2007 and 2016 Will worked on assignment for The Daily Telegraph covering foreign affairs as a photo and video journalist and has shot and directed documentary shorts.

Reporting from conflict zones is central to Will’s work. He has documented the human toll of multiple wars across the Middle East and made multiple trips to West Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo during their various Ebola outbreaks. Most recently, he covered the fallout of the war in Ukraine.

Inspired by his work in Syria and witnessing first-hand the suffering of the civilian population, Will co-founded the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund, a charity which he co-runs pro bono, which has now raised over $1 million to assist orphans and help children who have lost limbs, as well as running a school for 802 children in eastern Syria.

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William Wintercross's Speaking Topics

  • Geopolitics

With a particular focus on EMEA including Russia and the US, and Western foreign policy. Extensive experience covering major stories from wars to Ebola to natural disasters around the world.

  • Life of a foreign correspondent

What makes a story, staying safe in extremely dangerous situations, anecdotes of being shot at/ taken captive/ running into Al Qaeda fighters. The exhilarating side of the job, chartering planes to fly into war zones, hanging out on air craft carriers or with rebels fighters.

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Comments & Testimonials

“Will is an excellent speaker with a real presence and a message that came from the heart. Unlike other speakers Hand in Hand has worked with, he had come well prepared to synchronise his message with our mission - to help women succeed as entrepreneurs in some of the world's poorest countries. He captivated a demanding and sophisticated audience of corporate 'rainmakers' with powerful storytelling. I would highly recommend Will as a speaker.”
Dorothea Arndt CEO, Hand in Hand
"We booked Will for a fireside earlier this year as we wanted to hear from someone who had a totally different perspective on global affairs to ours. While the chat was informal, he’d done research to relate his knowledge to the world of real estate, which we all appreciated. He also told some rather remarkable stories of his life on the frontline. I’d certainly recommend him as a speaker.”
James Markby CEO and co-founder, Logistics Capital Partners

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