About me

Adrian Monck

I am on the man­aging board of the World Eco­nom­ic For­um. My role encom­passes pub­lic engage­ment and found­a­tions. The For­um is best known for its Annu­al Meet­ing in Dav­os, but it is also one of the most fol­lowed inter­na­tion­al organ­isa­tions in the world. Through social plat­forms, email news­let­ters and its Agenda web­site it reaches an audi­ence of tens of mil­lions monthly. Our Found­a­tions com­prise com­munit­ies for out­stand­ing people aged 20+ (Glob­al Shapers) and 30+ (Young Glob­al Lead­ers), and also people mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their com­munit­ies through the Schwab Found­a­tion for Social Entre­pren­eur­ship. The For­um is an impar­tial and inde­pend­ent and based — like me — in Geneva, Switzer­land. This is my per­son­al blog and web­site, so the usu­al caveats apply.

From June 2005, I headed the Depart­ment of Journ­al­ism at City Uni­ver­sity Lon­don, where I was also a pro­fess­or, and a mem­ber of the Forum’s first Glob­al Agenda Coun­cil on Journ­al­ism.

My interest in journ­al­ism star­ted at uni­ver­sity, edit­ing the stu­dent news­pa­per, Cher­well. A career in broad­cast news began with a sum­mer intern­ship at CBS News back in 1987. A year later they star­ted pay­ing me full-time. I spent four years in inter­na­tion­al news with CBS watch­ing the world change in front of me: the con­clu­sion of the Lebanese host­age crisis and the Iran-Iraq War; free­dom for Nel­son Man­dela; the down­fall of Mar­garet Thatch­er; the col­lapse of the Soviet Uni­on and the fall of the Ber­lin Wall; the first Gulf War.

In 1992, I joined ITN’s News At Ten which took me from Bel­fast to Bos­nia, and many more places besides. Three years later, I joined the launch team for Five News.

Five went on air in 1997, with the Brit­ish gen­er­al elec­tion that ended the post-Thatch­er era and brought Tony Blair to power. We repor­ted the death of Diana, Prin­cess of Wales, and every story from Kosovo to 9/11 and sub­sequent wars in Afgh­anistan and Iraq.

I turned ana­logue news­rooms digit­al, pion­eered low-cost news pro­duc­tion, and did an MBA at Lon­don Busi­ness School.

At Five, I was lucky enough to spend a few years sit­ting along­side one of the world’s finest broad­casters — Kirsty Young — and a bunch of very cre­at­ive, youth­ful (well, they were then) and tal­en­ted people which — as all journ­al­ists know — “beats work­ing for a liv­ing.”

Along the way, things I did at Five, at Dun­blane, and in Bos­nia picked up Roy­al Tele­vi­sion Soci­ety awards. A report on aid to Rwanda won gold at the New York Fest­ivals and over­all Fest­iv­al prize.

Before join­ing City Uni­ver­sity Lon­don, I had a brief, but enjoy­able, spell at Sky News. The Brit­ish gen­er­al elec­tion of May 2005 — Tony Blair’s last — also happened to be my farewell to tele­vi­sion news.

I am also a pub­lished author, hav­ing co-authored a couple of books, reviewed by the Fin­an­cial Times, Slate etc. My views on the news busi­ness have appeared every­where from the New York Times to Al Jaz­eera.

On twit­ter I’m @amonck.