Christine Ockrent – Keynote Speaker

Former Chief Operating Officer France 24 and RFI

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Specialist Subjects

  • Media
  • Europe
  • International Relations
  • Communications
  • Leadership


  • French


Christine Ockrent is a well-known author, journalist and television presenter. She has spent most of her career in television, both as a producer of documentaries and as an anchor of the evening news, where she shaped her style as the first female presenter and editor.

Ockrent writes regularly for the Washington Post, Prospect, and various other European newspapers. She is also the producer and presenter of a weekly radio programme about foreign affairs on France culture, and a frequent contributor to the BBC, CNN and other media organisations. Previously she was COO of the French Radio and TV World service (France 24 and RFI). She was also editor in chief of the weekly news magazine, L’Express.

Christine Ockrent was deputy director general of TF1 Television and an editor with RTL Radio. She began her career in broadcast journalism at NBC News and worked for eight years at CBS’ 60 Minutes. She has been awarded several French and international distinctions for her work in TV journalism.

She has written 15 books and essays – the latest ones being Russian oligarchs and the Putin system and Clinton-Trump: Anger in America. She is on the board of Havas, the French American Foundation, the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for European reform, Human Rights Watch France and Make.Org.

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