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The McKay Interview

75 EpisodesProduced by Michael McKayWebsite

Michael McKay conducts in depth interviews with decision makers and local leaders.The McKay Interview was founded on a simple idea: that listeners would tune in regularly to listen to intelligent yet relaxed, English-language conversation between Michael McKay and interesting people who do interesti… read more

75 Episodes | 2013 - 2022

Ambassador Simon Manley CMG, United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the United Nations & other International Organizations in Geneva

July 19th, 2022

26:43

The UK's big and current issues at the UN Geneva plus insights into the current status of the UK/EU relationship.

In this episode we discuss:

-Is …

Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company, Chicago

July 7th, 2022

27:13

Dan Basse is an acknowledged expert economist on grains, softs and food supply; and he is also a farmer.

In this episode we discuss:

-We discuss the current status of grain crops and global supply
-Crop yields
-The …

David Willey OBE, papal biographer and former BBC Rome Correspondent

June 30th, 2022

35:03

A sequel to my "McKay Interview" with David Willey in 2013 about prominent issues in the Vatican. We pick up our conversation from 9 years ago and talk about many things, including:
-David Willey's Italian …

Christoph Maeder, President of economiesuisse, Switzerland's premier business organisation.

June 21st, 2022

29:44

An overview of the current state of the Swiss economy and Swiss business.

In this episode we discuss:

-The recurring problem of a strong, safe-haven currency, namely the Swiss Franc
-The increasing cost of living in …

Debora MacKenzie, acclaimed science writer and journalist on emerging diseases and one of the first to suggest that it could become a pandemic.

June 4th, 2022

25:03

In this episode we discuss Covid19: where it came from, what the current status of the pandemic is, and what the future holds.

In this episode we …

General Sir Richard Shirreff, former NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe

May 22nd, 2022

32:05

In this epsiode, General Sir Richard Shirreff, talks about the war in Ukraine.

We cover the following topics:

-Who is wining the war in Ukraine

-Why …

Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

May 15th, 2022

32:19

In this epsiode Martin Chungong talks about the GESDA Science Diplomacy Week Open Forum and his role as Geneva Coalition co-Chair.

We cover the …

Robert Sinclair, CEO, London City Airport, UK

May 5th, 2022

30:47

How the air travel sector in general, and London City Airport in particular, are performing post-pandemic? 

In this episode we discuss:

  • I ask …

Ted Souder, X-Googler; former Vice-Chair & advisor to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; and Board Director at 1871, the top-rated technology incubator in the world.

April 19th, 2022

23:24

The future of computing, AI, regulation and many other data-related topics from an industry leader with more than 20 years of experience at Google.

Lucie Kunz-Harris, Syndic of the Commune of Founex in the Swiss Canton of Vaud.

April 11th, 2022

25:38

A conversation about the importance of communes in the vibrant, bottom-up democracy of Switzerland.

Some of  my questions are:

  • Why do we have two …

Ambassador Yevheniia Filipenko, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the UN & other International Organizations in Geneva

March 31st, 2022

23:33

Ambassador Filipenko explains how her work at the UN & International Organizations, as well as other institutions in "international" Geneva, underpin her country's fight against the illegal invasion.

Some of  my …

Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, Austria’s Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva

March 23rd, 2022

26:54

We discussion Austria's history, how Austria's sees it future, multilateralism, Austria and United Nations Geneva, Human Rights, Austria's special …

Dr Richard Moxon, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics and Founder of the Oxford Vaccine Group

March 10th, 2022

28:44

This internationally renowned scientist, highly regarded for his work on bacterial meningitis, discusses his experiences in medical research, the vital significance of vaccines and immunization in public health.

In this …

Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy

March 4th, 2022

23:55

Discussion of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, scenarios of how the conflict will end, the role that Switzerland and international Geneva could play, …

Dov Baron, rated as one of the top 100 leadership speakers by Inc. Magazine.

February 27th, 2022

31:08

Insights into Leadership and Kindness as paths to success in organisations. What is the emotional source code? Why is kindness in organisations both …

Ambassador Yvette Stevens of Sierra Leone talks about Africa, Engineering, Women and Energy.

February 11th, 2022

28:28

Ambassador Yvette Stevens of Sierra Leone talks about Africa, Engineering, Women and Energy.

Romain Vetter, Director-General, Swiss International Air Lines, Western Switzerland

January 30th, 2022

27:27

The leader of SWISS International Air Lines in the French-speaking part of Switzerland talks about his company, the state of business coming out of …

Lt. Gen. (rtd.) Ben Hodges, holder of the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Formerly, Commander of the United States Army in Europe.

December 19th, 2021

29:45

Ben Hodges answers questions about strategy and the balance of power in today’s geo-political world.

Some of the points we covered during the …

Diccon Bewes, Author, Travel Writer, Chocolate-Lover and Englishman in Bern

December 13th, 2021

27:07

A radio conversation with best-selling author, travel writer, chocolate-lover and Englishman in Bern.

Some of the questions we covered during the …

Dr François Carrard, Director-General of the International Olympic Committee, 1989-2003: an informed opinion about Sport and the Olympics.

November 28th, 2021

26:08

François Carrard answers my questions about why the Tokyo Olympics took place in the teeth of a global pandemic; Ideals versus Money -  has Pierre de Coubertin’s vision, as founder of the Modern Olympics in 1896,  been …

The Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, UK Trade Envoy to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

November 13th, 2021

28:53

Current prospects for UK international trade, especially with Switzerland. Physical attacks on British Members of Parliament. Declining standards of public behaviour in Britain towards MPs. The low esteem in which the …

Olivier Jankovec, Director-General, Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe)

November 5th, 2021

22:54

An in depth view of how the airports sector has been affected by the pandemic and a view from the top of future challenges.

Here are some of the questions I put to my guest:
-What are the things that look large – very …

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, President of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) Foundation

October 10th, 2021

33:16

The President of the GESDA Foundation, former Chairman & CEO of Nestlé S.A., gives his experienced perspective on a range of issues including GESDA's unique contribution, public/private partnerships, "international" …

Dr Cynthia Cherrey and Professor Mike Hardy

October 4th, 2021

31:22

Dr Cynthia Cherrey and Professor Mike Hardy on leadership. What are the different types of Leadership? Technology changing the nature of Leadership. …

"John", a Swiss expatriate with over 25 years' experience in aviation, charter, air ambulance, airline, corporate and humanitarian operations. Very recently evacuated from Kabul and speaking on condit

September 17th, 2021

30:54

"John", a Swiss expatriate with over 25 years' experience in aviation, charter, air ambulance, airline, corporate and humanitarian operations. Very …

Dr. David Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

August 22nd, 2021

37:05

Dr David Chikvaidze's reflections on international affairs and some of the big political leaders that he has worked with and observed during his …

Dr. Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

July 12th, 2021

35:05

Dr. Carol Graham is a well-published authority on happiness, well-being and its converse, Ill-being. The nuances and intricacies of the subject are …

Riel Miller, Head of Futures Literacy at UNESCO in Paris

June 30th, 2021

33:38

Riel Miller answers many of my questions about the effectiveness of Futures Literacy, including on climate change, racism and the oppression of women.

Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein, Jane Owen

June 15th, 2021

40:34

An ambassadorial overview of the state of bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and the Swiss Confederation.

Professor Dr David Heymann, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

May 31st, 2021

23:41

An update on Covid-19 and the pandemic from one of the world's leading infectious disease epidemiologists almost exactly one year after our first …

Michael Hacking, Founder & CEO, MOCOH S.A.

May 20th, 2021

32:36

Topical issues from the perspective of a successful oil-trading company leader. 

Corinne Momal-Vanian, Executive Director, the Kofi Annan Foundation

May 3rd, 2021

26:45

A conversation with Corinne Momal-Vanian, who worked and travelled with Kofi Annan when he was U.N. Secretary-General, about why he was and still is so revered; and the important work of his eponymous Foundation.

Ambassador Christian Dussey, Director - Geneva Centre for Security Policy

April 20th, 2021

32:45

Departing Director of GSCP and recently appointed appointed Swiss Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran discusses Swiss values, Swiss neutrality and the delicate balance of the use of "soft power".

H.E. Mr. Julian Braithwaite CMG, UK Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the UN & other International Orgs. Geneva

April 5th, 2021

30:26

After six years in Geneva - an unusually long time - Ambassador Braithwaite shares with me his views on the UK and world trade vis-à-vis the WTO, the …

The Hon. Kent Brown, the United States' first Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia

March 23rd, 2021

32:04

The Hon. Kent Brown served as a career diplomat for almost thirty years, all over the world for the U.S. Department of State. In this interview, he gives his insights and personal opinion about America today as I ask …

John W. Wood, Chairman of the Trilateral Group Ltd., London; former Global Chairman of Republicans Abroad

March 9th, 2021

32:08

Michael McKay is going to talk to guests over the next few weeks on  how  the world sees America - through the eyes of Americans who have an experience of life outside the United States.

In the second programme, Michael …

Dr Daniel Warner, Former Deputy to the Director, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

February 23rd, 2021

21:14

Michael McKay is going to talk to guests over the next few weeks on  how the world sees America - through the eyes of Americans who have an  experience of life outside the United States.

In the first programme, Michael …

Michael Møller, Chairman of the Diplomacy Forum of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator Foundation – GESDA.

February 9th, 2021

34:13

My Guest today is Michael Møller, known to many of you listening as the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva up until a year or so ago.

Well, you cannot keep a good and energetic man down! And he has …

Ron Rock Co-founder and CEO of Microshare®, Philadelphia, USA

January 26th, 2021

32:52

My topic this time is Privacy. And by that I mean how states, governments, corporations, organisations, businesses and we ourselves as individuals, view things like privacy, secrecy, the characteristic or human quality …

DG of Ecolint, Dr David Hawley and student Antonia Molnar

January 12th, 2021

32:00

Dr David Hawley  is the Director-General of the International School of Geneva and  Antonia Molnar is a Year 12 Student at the La Châtaigneraie …

H.E Alexandre Fasel, Swiss ambassador to the UK

December 7th, 2020

34:14

A very special guest for the final McKay Interview of  this extraordinary year – one we are probably all glad to see the back  of – the Swiss Ambassador to the United Kingdom, or to give him his  official title in the …

McKay Interview: Tatiana Valovaya UN DG in Geneva

November 23rd, 2020

35:36

On this week's McKay Interview, Michael talks to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya.

She discusses the future of the UN in Geneva, how the pandemic is affecting the work of the …

McKay Interview: Lorenzo Stoll

November 10th, 2020

36:19

This week Michael McKay speaks to Lorenzo Stoll, Director-General of SWISS International Airlines for the Suisse Romande.

The pandemic has meant …

McKay Interview: Jovan Kurbalija, Director DiploFoundation, Head of Geneva Internet Platform

October 20th, 2020

30:29

Michael McKay speaks with Professor Jovan Kurbalija. He is prominent in many important circles in Geneva, in Switzerland and internationally.
He is the Founding Director of DiploFoundation and the Head of the Geneva …

McKay Interview: Karel Leeflang - what will be the 'new normal'?

October 7th, 2020

31:56

Michael's guest is Karel Leeflang. His bread and butter is in leading large-scale transformations, both as a corporate executive and advisor.

And in describing what he does, jargon words and phrases like “global …

McKay Interview: Dr Karin Von Hippel, Director General, RUSI

September 28th, 2020

24:31

On this week's McKay Interview:
As we are based in Geneva, we are well aware of its long-standing multilateral reputation and its unrivalled position …

McKay Interview: Round Table

September 21st, 2020

41:40

Two years ago in Paris, I recorded a roundtable McKay Interview with people whose fingers were very much on the Parisienne pulse. Very recently, in …

McKay Interview: Prof. Bill Durodie - University of Bath.

September 5th, 2020

28:36

This week Michael McKay speaks to Professor Bill Durodie - chair of Risk and Security in International Relations at the University of Bath in the UK.

As Michael discovers, there's a lot more to risk than you may think.

McKay Interview: Lebanese film maker and cultural producer, Nabil Canaan

August 24th, 2020

37:37

On the return of the McKay Interview after the summer break - no matter where you were on the 4th August, you must surely have been aware of the huge explosion in Beirut. According to Lebanon’s team at the United …

Reverend Dr William McComish, former Dean of the Cathedral St. Pierre Geneva. By Zoom, 8th July 2020.

July 8th, 2020

23:11

This week, Michael is talking to Bill McCormish. He will  be well-known to many of you. Whether you are Genevois, Christian,  Protestant or just from the UK, you will probably know, or know of, the  Rev. Dr William …

Professor Dr. Didier Pittet, infectious diseases expert at the University Hospital Geneva (HUG). By Zoom, 30th June 2020.

June 30th, 2020

29:40

Michael McKay's guest is Professor Didier Pittet. He is  an infectious diseases expert of global reputation and the director of  the Infection …

Jo Hemmings, Behavioural Psychologist & British TV personality. By Zoom, 26th June 2020.

June 26th, 2020

17:23

Jo Hemmings is Michael's guest this week. She is a  celebrated Behavioural Psychologist and a registered member of the  British Psychological Society …

Professor Simon Heffer on media and Covid-19. By Zoom, 17th June 2020.

June 17th, 2020

24:34

On this week's McKay Interview, Michael speaks to Professor Simon Heffer  from the University of Buckingham in the UK on the media's role in …

Dr Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General, INTERPOL. By Zoom, 11th June 2020.

June 11th, 2020

16:32

Michael's guest this week is the Secretary-General of  the world’s largest police organization, Dr Jürgen Stock, of INTERPOL,  or to give it its full …

Professor Emerita Victoria Curzon-Price, University of Geneva. By Zoom, 2nd June 2020.

June 2nd, 2020

13:18

The Covid-19 pandemic is the worst in 100 years. Apart  from the great tragedies inflicted upon many, many families all over the  world, it has thrown up a number of conundrums. Puzzles like the  scientific, the …

Dr. Jean-Marc Rickli, Geneva Centre for Security Policy. By Zoom, 27th May 2020.

May 27th, 2020

16:40

Michael's guest is a brilliant and very thoughtful  member of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy faculty who has made a  study of global risk and …

Dr. David Heymann, Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Tropical Medicine

May 21st, 2020

14:33

On this week's McKay Interview, Michael  speaks to Dr David Heymann, one of the most prominent, contemporary,  epidemiologists in the world.

He also …

Pierre Ruetschi, President of the Geneva Press Club and formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Tribune de Genève. By Zoom, 14th May 2020.

May 14th, 2020

19:43

Michael McKay's guest this week is Pierre Ruetschi who  has many years of experience in the field of journalism, especially in  “international” Geneva, where he was for many years the Editor-in-Chief  of Geneva’s own …

Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization. By Zoom, 6th May 2020.

May 6th, 2020

14:04

Many European countries are now lifting lockdowns. The economic impact of the pandemic has been huge - and is still going on.

The  Director-General of the Geneva based International Labour Organisation,  Guy Ryder, …

Dr. Charles Jefford, Professor Emeritus of Organic Chemistry at the University of Geneva. By Zoom, 30th April 2020.

April 30th, 2020

14:42

Michael's guest this week is a distinguished academic and scientist  with more than half a century’s experience of his discipline behind him.  Today is the 30th April 2020 and Dr. Charles Jefford, Professor  Emeritus of …

Covid-19 special: Mario Possamai

April 27th, 2020

12:38

This is the second in the mini-series,  recorded on the 22nd April, and devoted to a broader and fuller  understanding of the COVID-19 Coronavirus …

Covid 19 special - Bob Bishop

April 20th, 2020

33:21

In this new COVID-19 series of McKay  Interviews, Michael will be asking different experts their views on the  pandemic and how it will develop - and …

David Bennett, Global Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Division

September 9th, 2019

31:51

David Bennett, Global Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Division. 9th September 2019

dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley CH, British information technology pioneer, businesswoman and philanthropist

July 30th, 2018

27:46

Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley CH, British information technology pioneer, businesswoman and philanthropist. 30th July 2018.

Mary Robinson, former President of the Republic of Ireland; former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Founder of The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice

October 27th, 2017

24:30

Mary Robinson, former President of the Republic of Ireland; former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Founder of The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. 27th October 2017.

Sir Peter Marshall KCMG CVO, Veteran British Diplomat and formerly UK Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva

August 2nd, 2017

26:44

Sir Peter Marshall KCMG CVO, Veteran British Diplomat and formerly UK Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva. 2nd August 2017.

Kate Adie OBE DL, BBC Chief News Correspondent

February 1st, 2016

23:35

Kate Adie OBE DL, BBC Chief News Correspondent, 1989 – 2003. 1st February 2016

Konji Sebati, the Republic of South Africa’s former Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein, the Holy See, France, UNESCO and the OECD

January 13th, 2015

19:36

Konji Sebati, the Republic of South Africa’s former Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein, the Holy See, France, UNESCO and the OECD. This …

Ivan Pictet - on the modern significance of the 200th anniversary of La Restauration genevoise 1814 – 2014 and Geneva joining the Swiss Confederation

March 26th, 2014

19:06

Ivan Pictet - on the modern significance of the 200th anniversary of La Restauration genevoise 1814 – 2014 and Geneva joining the Swiss Confederation

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, Vice-Chairwoman of Edmond de Rothschild Group

February 19th, 2014

16:09

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, Vice-Chairwoman of Edmond de Rothschild Group. 19th February 2014.

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Formula 1 Racing Legend

February 7th, 2014

11:50

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Formula 1 Racing Legend. 7th February 2014

David Willey OBE, the BBC’s Rome Correspondent since 1972.

June 20th, 2013

10:01

David Willey OBE,  the BBC’s Rome Correspondent since 1972. 20 June 2013.

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