Claire Doole

Nationality:  Swiss/British

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

I make sure your event is the right mix of memorable moments and engaging dialogue to achieve the outcome you want. I do this by planning and liaising beforehand with the organisers, speakers and panelists so that everyone is at ease on the day. I also advise on interactive formats, editorial flow and speakers remarks or presentations.

My aim as a panel moderator is to spark discussion through pertinent questions, follow-ups and concise recaps. I bring journalistic clarity, an inclusive approach and an element of humour to the table.

As a Master of Ceremonies I am well prepared, but flexible – able to cope with changing running orders, and still bring the event in on time. Drawing on my experience as a BBC radio presenter, and TV correspondent, I can smoothly link between contributors, recap the essential points and improvise at the drop of a hat.

A former Brussels reporter, I am a committed European who has lived and worked in mainland Europe since 1995. I speak fluent French, good German and have a passion for Italian and Spanish. (I have a degree in French, German and subsidiary Italian).

With more than 10 years experience as a moderator and Master of Ceremonies, I have facilitated numerous international and European events with senior politicians, business leaders and technical experts. My most recent work covers a wide range of conferences, and events: Women’s Forum for Economy and Society, Deauville, France: Panelists included French Presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, the Canadian Minister for Women, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, and the CEO of Coca-Cola.

CEO of Coca Cola, Muhtar Kent

EU-West Balkans Investment Climate Forum, Belgrade: Panelists included Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Albanian Minister of Economy, representatives of chambers of commerce and industry.

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EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Albanian Minister of Economy Milva Ekonomi

International Forum on Women and Trade, Brussels – organised by EU Commissioner for Trade and International Trade Centre: Panelists included Secretary General of UN Conference on Trade and Development, an Italian MEP and an EBRD Vice President.

UNCTAD Secretary General, Mukhisa Kituyi and Italian MEP Eleonora Forenza

Healthy Buildings Day at the European Parliament, Brussels: Panelists included MEPs and representatives from industry, research and civil society.

World Congress of the Universal Postal Union, Istanbulon the Sustainable Development Goals, trade facilitation and the digital economy. Panelists included Ministers from Europe, Africa, Middle East, as well as heads of International Telecommunications Union and World Customs Union.

World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbulon innovative financing. Panelists included Vice President of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva, Belgian Deputy PM Alexander de Croo, Minister of Development for Jordan,, the President of the ICRC, as well as senior executives from Phillips, Ericsson and the World Bank.

Vice President of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva

OECD Conference on Adapting to Changing Skills Needs, Paris: Panelists included policymakers, employers, unions, training providers and academics.

International Federation of Pharmaceutical and Manufacturers Associations, Geneva – panels on the flu vaccine and improving access to biotech drugs. Panelists included the Secretary General of the World Medical Association, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing, Head of WHO Influenza unit, CEO of the International Pharmaceutical Federation representatives from Novartis, patient groups and the CEO of the International Alliance of Patients Organisations

Metal Packaging Europe AGM, Lisbon. Master of Ceremony at the two-day event.

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Swiss Malaria Group, Geneva. Master of Ceremonies in French and English for event marking World Malaria Day with the Secretary General of the IFRC, Swiss Ambassador and head of the Swiss Institute for Tropical Disease and Public Health.

As well as moderating, Claire runs media, public speaking, writing and moderating workshops for international organisations and companies.

Before setting up her training and consultancy company, Claire was a spokesperson for WWF International, the UN Refugee Agency and the International Federation of the Red Cross. She spent 14 years at the BBC where she presented Europe Today and reported from London, Brussels, Berlin and Geneva.

Claire has Swiss and British nationality and speaks fluent French and good German.



“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, Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre.

“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 her 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

“Claire was extremely professional and personally engaged when she moderated our ministerial meeting. She perfectly managed her role as master of ceremonies and contributed to the meetings success.”
Eva Molnar, Director Transport Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
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“Given they way Claire worked with us and advised us to do the right thing, leading up to the event in Istanbul we were entirely confident. That confidence was repaid handsomely. Your reputation will be in safe hands if you choose to work with her.”
Chris Greenwood, Head of Leadership Giving
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

“Claire moderated debates on Europe’s refugee crisis and on climate change with great professionalism. She mastered the subject matter and guided the panelists and audience with charm and flair”.
Leo Kaneman, Honorary President
International Film Festival and Human Rights Forum, Geneva

“Claire was extremely professional and personally engaged when she moderated our ministerial meeting. She perfectly managed her role as master of ceremonies and contributed to the meetings success.”
Eva Molnar, Director Transport Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

“In recent years Claire has moderated several panels organised by the FAO. She is extremely professional, well-prepared and knows how to provoke a stimulating debate.”
Silvano Sofia, Parnterships and External Relations Officers
Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN


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