Isabelle Kumar – Keynote Speaker

Journalist and Presenter

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Specialist Subjects

  • European and International Politics
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Society
  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Moderation
  • Climate change
  • Culture

Languages

  • English
  • French

Biography

Isabelle Kumar is the friendly face in the room but is never scared to ask the tough questions.

Most recently, she has anchored Euronews’ prime time flagship evening news show and covered breaking news stories such as the storming of the Capitol and the Notre Dame fire. She has been the anchor chosen to present live special coverage of the US, European and UK elections as well as special programmes about the Covid pandemic.

She has also conducted countless interviews with global leaders, in politics, business, culture and sport. Isabelle puts her interviewees at ease so they want to talk about and share their stories. She sat down with King Abdullah II, in Amman in 2015, where he first publicly backed Russia’s involvement in the Syrian war, spoke to the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who revealed his passion for European politics and Mike Tyson, who wanted to go on talking even when his aides were gesticulating for him to stop!

Her interviews also include former Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, UN Sec General Antonio Guterres , European Commission Presidents Juncker and Barroso, the late Senator John McCain, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and many more…

Isabelle has covered the Davos World Economic Forum for 10 years. She is a trusted figure there and has helped facilitate exclusive events including a private lunch alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Europe’s leading politicians. In addition to this she has moderated in person, online or hybrid events including for the UN, the EU’s first ever presidential debate and numerous business summits and forums – including the European Business Summit, and the Consumer Goods Forum.

Isabelle can and has turned her hand to many areas. Lately she has focused on the transformational power of the business world for doing good, particularly on climate change in the programme she recently presented, Disrupted. She is also strong on European and international politics.

Isabelle is a Londoner and moved to Lyon, France in 2003 after a stint at CNN in her home town. She is bilingual French-English.

She is also a passionate defender of disability rights and President of the charity she helped found, Autisme Ambition Avenir. She provides pro-bono media consultancy to her region’s disability establishments.

Isabelle is appreciated for her helpful, hands on and dynamic approach and has managed to turn some of the most difficult events into an enjoyable experience!

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