About me

Adrian Monck

I am on the managing board of the World Economic Forum. My role encompasses public engagement and foundations. We are most famous for our Annual Meeting in Davos, but we are also one of the most followed international organisations in the world: via social platforms, email newsletters and its own Agenda website it reaches an audience of tense of millions monthly. Our Foundations comprise communities for outstanding people aged 20+ (Global Shapers) and 30+ (Young Global Leaders), and also 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.

You can contact me at amonck [at] rocketmail [dot] com. On twitter I’m @amonck.