Claire Doole

Nationality:  Swiss/British

Emmanuel Macron at the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society

In the IFPMA studio

Claire Doole is a sought-after moderator who has facilitated numerous panel discussions for international organizations and companies in the virtual and non-virtual world. She is widely acknowledged for her ability to stimulate lively debate with top politicians, business leaders and senior experts.

With Alexander Stubb, the former Finnish Prime Minister, current Vice President of the European Investment Bank and President of the Board of CMI – on a panel on can technology improve the quality of peacemaking at the UN in Geneva 2019

A former BBC correspondent and radio presenter, she is skilled at driving conversations forward, building audience rapport and ensuring editorial coherence and flow. Claire reported for the BBC from Berlin, Brussels, Geneva and London and is familiar with the EU and UN policy agenda.

She specializes in social, environmental, healthcare, humanitarian and development issues, relating to the SDGs, drawing on her background as a spokesperson for WWF International, UN Refugee Agency and the International Federation of the Red Cross.

She prepares by liaising with the organisers, researching rigorously, and organising individual speakers briefing calls. However, you can also rely on Claire to dance in the moment, summarise the key points and connect the dots with a dash of humour.

With Emmanuel Macron

Career highlights include moderating panels with French Presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, the CEO of Coca Cola, Muhtar Kent and CEOs of GSK, Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Roche, Novartis and Sanofi.

With Martin Chungong

What her clients say

“Claire acted as MC and moderator at our World Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament and World Conference of Speakers of Parliament. Her background as a BBC presenter shone through as she managed the demands of live broadcasting with professionalism and flair. Her editorial judgment, ability to handle pressure and smoothly transition greatly contributed to the success of the event”
Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Geneva

Master of Ceremonies

Claire is an accomplished Master of Ceremonies, keeping the audience engaged as she seamlessly links from one speaker or session to another in the virtual and non-virtual world.

With the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Filippo Grandi, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hu,ssein the President and SG of the International Parliamentary Union and the Ambassador of the International Office of Migration, Lacy Swing. The panel at the IPU Annual Conference in Geneva addressed the issue of how to tackle refugee and asylum flows.

Whether a trade federation annual conference, launch of a European Commission report or an international award ceremony, Claire is personable, quick-witted and unflappable.

What her clients say

“Claire was a charismatic and assured host of the prestigious EU annual awards for development journalism.  She put everyone at ease with her well-judged remarks, sense of humour and sheer professionalism. You could see why she is in demand as a Master of Ceremonies!”
Nicolas Esgain, Managing Director, Phrenos Event and Communication Agency. Brussels

Event Designer

The success of an event depends on good preparation. Claire can advise you on how to design a memorable event, using the techniques she learned as an award-winning BBC TV and radio producer. You can also attend her workshop on organising engaging virtual events.

Roche virtual event

She is a certified event facilitator and has designed and run workshops with large groups for many clients including the European Commission, EU specialized agencies and Brussels based trade federations.

What her clients say

“Claire helped us design an interactive and engaging programme on a challenging topic for a diverse audience. Thanks to her skilful facilitation, people are still talking about its impact and we are reaping the benefits months later as more people engage with our association.”
Caroline Braibant, Executive Director International Antimony Association

Speaker and Moderator Trainer

Claire is an experienced communications trainer. She helps speakers prepare their speeches and panelists their remarks in the virtual training and non-virtual world.

She also trains in the art of talking to the media, storytelling and moderating.

A committed European, Claire has lived in Europe since 1995 and in 2016 became Swiss. She speaks fluent French, good German and loves to practice her Spanish and Italian.

See her in action:

World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul – on innovative financing. Panelists in Istanbul include Vice President of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva, Belgian Deputy PM Alexander de Croo, Minister of Development for Jordan and the President of the ICRC

World Bank International Competitiveness Forum with the Vice President of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia Vienna 2017

Acting as MC and moderator at the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights for DG Justice Brussels 2018

With the Director General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder on a panel on International Women’s Day on rural women at work – bridging the gaps in Geneva


Virtual moderating

“Claire has now moderated many panel discussions that I’ve been involved with, and I could not recommend her more highly. From real to virtual events: she moderates with great flair and professionalism. With simple but effective questioning, she can help the most technical panelist get across a simple message. Her experience in television and live broadcasting has proved invaluable during our four recent virtual briefings on COVID 19 with leaders from the biopharmaceutical industry. She does her homework to understand the issues, expertly juggling the editorial and technical demands of digital broadcasting, and keeps calm under pressure.”
Abigail Jones, Director of Communications, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations

“Claire expertly moderated our virtual panel discussion on Building Resilient Health Systems. She is dynamic, personable, and well-prepared. She connected with speakers, engaged the audience and brought the conversation alive, all of which were very important to us in our virtual seminars.”
Caitriona Hennessy, Head of Communications, Africa, Roche

“Claire moderated our virtual discussion on sustainability at the Deloitte Club magnificently. She led an engaging and illuminating discussion focusing on the best practice of companies from the financial and trading sectors as well as the challenges of meeting the SDG goals in the time of COVID. She mastered the brief and handled the speakers and audience questions with great flair and professionalism.”
Jean Francois Lagasse, Managing Partner Financial Services Industry, Deloitte, Switzerland

“Claire did a fabulous job moderating GARDP’s webinar “Putting children first in the fight against antibiotic resistance”, featuring four speakers from UNICEF, WHO, GARDP and KEMRI-Welcome Trust. She became an expert on antibiotic resistance and neonatal sepsis in just over one week – not an easy feat! She succeeded in making the one-hour webinar engaging and interesting for the scientific/lay audience. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a dynamic moderator who can keep the audience on its toes with her light-hearted and interactive style.”
Dominque Schmitz De Santis, Head of Communications, Global Antibiotic R&D Partnership (GARDP)

Non-virtual moderating

“Your excellent moderation at the International Forum on Women and Trade ensured the exchange between speakers and the audience was engaging and informative.”
Cecilia Malmström, EU Trade Commissioner

“Claire’s meticulous preparation and skill in driving the panel discussion forward played a key role in the success of our event that will contribute to our work in realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
Guy Ryder, Director General International Labour Organization, Geneva

“Claire is among the best moderators with whom I have worked over the last 12 years. She is rigorous in researching session issues and preparing her speakers. Her great gift is to combine this with outstanding onstage session leadership. Claire interviews with warmth, a sense of humour, and an ear for the perfect follow up question. And that’s without mentioning her sense of timing and velvet voice.”

Jennifer Milliken, Programme Director, Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society

“Claire was instrumental in making the panel discussions lively, interesting and relevant. Her enthusiasm and expertise made the panelists comfortable to engage in the discussions, while her moderating skills ensured that they remained focused on the relevant topics. Overall she made a distinct contribution to the success of the Forum.”
Bernard Brunet, Head of Unit,
 DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

“I had the pleasure to work with Claire for our panel series Innovation meets Policy. I am always impressed by her level of preparation, eye for detail and her ability to master completely new topics in a very short period of time. Claire is a pro and her presence on stage was key to make successful events.”
Simon Terwagne, EU government Relations Manager, Bayer Brussels


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