Katya Adler, speaker

Katya Adler

Europe Editor for the BBC and, as one of the BBC's most senior figures, is one of the main authorities on Brexit and all issues related to the EU.

Katya Adler reports amidst what is arguably the most turbulent period in Europe since the Second World War. She is the BBC’s foremost authority on Brexit and the EU, cross-border terror in Europe, the European migrant crisis and the rise of populism as well as the Euro crisis and the fate of the European Union as a whole.

Videos of Katya Adler

After Brexit: The Battle For Europe - BBC News (mostly French language)

Speaker Profile

About Katya Adler

Reporting in possibly the most turbulent times on this continent since the Second World War, BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler has become one of the most popular and well-known of British broadcast journalists.

She is the BBC's leading voice on Brexit and the EU; her extensive interviews with political leaders across the continent have given her unique insider knowledge on European attitudes and intentions regarding a Brexit deal. Katya is also an expert on populism across Europe, the future of the EU, Europe's relations with Trump and Putin and much more. Recently Katya has broadcast her own documentary for BBC entitled ‘After Brexit: The Battle for Europe’ as well as a more recent Panorama ‘Brexit What Happens Next?’

Katya provides analysis and context on TV, radio, online via her ‘Europe Editor’ blog on the BBC news website and, in social media via Twitter.

Career Background

Katya’s journalistic career began in Vienna with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation where she reported across Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

She joined the BBC in 1998, covering European affairs from the studio in London and across the continent for BBC World Service, whilst also commuting to Berlin to appear regularly as a news anchor on Deutsche Welle Television.

In 2003, Katya became the BBC's Madrid correspondent during which time she covered the Madrid train bombings in 2004 as well as travelling regularly across the continent to cover breaking stories.
In 2006, she became the BBC's Middle East correspondent based out of Jerusalem, specialising in war reporting across the region.

Katya also presented on the BBC’s hard-hitting interview-based programme ‘Hardtalk’. She appeared as a news presenter on BBC World News, an investigative reporter for the BBC's Newsnight and has written/presented a number of acclaimed one hour current affairs documentaries.


In acknowledgement of her expertise and extensive reporting, Katya has recently been awarded two honorary doctorates (Bristol University and University of London).


Katya studied German and Italian as modern languages at the University of Bristol, where she also undertook journalism tasks for The Times, Reuters and Blue Danube Radio. She was also president of the political society and started a society magazine.

Personal Information

A true polyglot, Katya speaks fluent German, Italian, Spanish, and French and some Arabic and Hebrew – taking her total languages with her native English to seven. Katya lives in Brussels.

Speaking Style

Katya delivers her talks and presentations with a mixture of energy and passion. As comfortable with sharing amusing anecdotes as she is with delivering with dignity and decorum, she is an accomplished presenter, experienced in varying both tone and style as required.

Her experience in interviewing world leaders from Presidents and European Prime Ministers to drug lords and armed militants serves her well and whether as the keynote or after dinner speaker or as the moderator or facilitator of your event, your audience will be in one of the safest pair of hands in the business.

Speaking Topics

  • The European Perspective on Brexit
  • Brexit Movers and Shakers
  • Populism in Europe
  • Is Europe Swinging to the Far Right?
  • Can the EU survive?
  • Russia and her role in Europe?
  • The Trump effect on Europe
  • Cyber security, social media and European elections
  • Europe squeezed in the new world order
  • Where Europe's home-grown jihadists come from and why?
  • How the Euro and th Eurozone Crisis is splitting Europe
  • The Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Is the peace process dead?
  • Being a female war correspondent in Middle East
  • Being a female correspondent in conflict zones
  • Work-Life Balance - Being the BBC's Europe Editor during an explosive time whilst raising 3 children


"Katya’s moderation of the entire day was pivotal in the success of the event which received great feedback from our customers. She brought a great combination of being able to empathise with our speakers whilst challenging them on topics to bring out the best insights they could offer the audience." - General Electric European Leading & Learning program 2016
"Ms. Adler’s presentation was thought-driven, engaging, and informative. The CEO’s appreciated the ‘behind the scenes’, in-depth perspective on Brexit that is not normally heard on the pages or on the airways." - Sylvain Lhôte, CEOs Forum 2016
"We...found her to be a consummate professional; at all times pleasant and accommodating to work with, thoroughly well-prepared and entirely knowledgeable on the topic, with an inclusive, balanced and authoritative manner on stage." - Denise Bassett, SVP Communications
"...I was particularly impressed with the amount of preparation that Katya put into both of these events. She spent a great deal of time learning the subject matter, getting to know the panellists and preparing questions that allowed everyone to contribute to their strengths, while allowing the flexibility to develop interesting avenues as they arose." - Dr James Gillies, Strategic Planning and Evaluation, CERN

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