My teaching method is based on my experience and know how as a financial journalist and editor, dealing with different cultures and understanding. I adopt a step by step approach with each student and the syllabus of each individual is carefully covered. I have a TESOL certificate and taught in Vietnam in 2019. Currently, I am teaching a Vietnamese English online
I am a financial journalist and editor with 25 years plus experience. I have edited financial publications in the UK, the Middle East and North Africa and Asia/Pacific. I continue to write and have just written a book. I have taught stuents as a tutor in English and drama, while at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I also have a TESOL certificate and have taught English in Vietnam.
-Strong team leadership and management experience
Significant team leadership and management experience, achieved by leading newsrooms and a team of journalists across Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Experience includes recruiting and hiring personnel, conducting annual staff assessments, staff training and mentoring, budgetary control and accountability and working closely with management, marketing and sales to develop ideas and lead projects to build and expand new business.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
Has strong communication, presentation and cross-cultural skills, with a wide and varied network of contacts. Skilled at presenting complex issues in an easy-to-understand way, both verbally and in writing. Excels at contacting new clients, selling new business and building long-term relationships with all stakeholders. This includes being a regular conference speaker, moderator and television speaker.
-Outstanding editorial expertise. Experience includes: investigative journalism, news reporting, feature writing, publishing, editing, managing print and online publications, writing and editing research reports, White Papers, yearbooks and articles. I have also interviewed company and country leaders from the Middle East, UK and New Zealand, including New Zealanders such as current Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff and former prime ministers, Jenny Shipley and Mike Moore. Recently, I have had dealings with Minister of Health, David Clark, and continue do so.
-Well-honed marketing skills
Have helped to establish and promote publications, conferences and other events, provide copy for websites, corporate brochures, promotional material and press releases. Have also provided internal and external marketing advice to clients, media presentation skills training and speech writing tips.
-An excellent networker
Has access to an extensive number of contacts across sectors and geographies, including the UK, Middle East and North Africa and Asia/Pacific, particularly among the refugee, legal, finance, private equity and investment communities.
-Flair for developing new business
Has developed new business to increase sales and profits, including developing ideas for projects for print, online media websites and television.
-Expertise in macroeconomics and politics
Have expertise in macroeconomics and politics (notably of Asia/Pacific and the Middle East) and sector knowledge includes: refugees, finance and banking (conventional and Shariah (Islamic)), insurance, private equity and mergers and acquisitions; transparency, corporate governance, sovereign wealth funds, oil and gas (upstream and downstream), real estate, infrastructure and project finance, telecoms and IT.
June 2014 - Self-employed
-Research- with the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre (CRRRC). A book is being produced and journal papers.
-Research- on refugee education; book chapter (Sense Publishing) has been written and commissioned.
-Communications consultant includes marketing and fund raising through Lucia Dore Consultancy
-New Zealand correspondent- MLex (a European legal magazine)
-Media consultant for start up, Vallum.insure
-Asian correspondent for Private Equity International (London).
-Writing articles for magazines and books including fDi magazine, (concealed information) and for news website, newsmodo.
Also wrote “Why great leaders are great communicators” in Future Proof 2 (concealed information)
-General manager- NZ National Youth Refugee Council
-Establishing online journalism, courses for the Arab world (ongoing). In MIT competition in Saudi Arabia one of 35 companies short- listed out of 2334 applicants. Voted number one project by 70 anonymous judges.
-Marketing and exclusive screenings for a documentary film entitled "Stepping up: NZ's response to the refugee crisis". (The documentary has been seen in over 120 countries).
-Writing blogs for social media, including for UN Women’s Empowerment, and for my website (see (concealed information)
- Powerful-Communication Associates -Public speaking training for individuals and companies
- Motel reception/house keeping- casual, Arrowtown (New Zealand) Motel/Apartments
March 2008 - February 2014
Head of GCC and Middle East, and latterly North Africa (MENA) for Mergermarket ((concealed information) a newswire service focused on providing proprietary information on mergers and acquisitions and owned by the Financial Times Group, London, which was, in turn owned by LSE listed Pearson Plc.
-Wrote a bi-monthly column and feature articles for fDi Magazine on investment opportunities across MENA. Also wrote feature articles for The Banker, part of the Financial Times Group, and White Papers (white labeled) on private equity for Al Khaleej Group (a Saudi Arabian private equity firm and Wharton School of Business). (concealed information)
-Also wrote a report for Total’s Afaq magazine.
September 2005 – February 2008, Associate editor, business, Khaleej Times (a national newspaper), Dubai, UAE.
1995-2005 – (freelance) Editor-in-chief, editor, consultant and events organiser, London. Roles included:
Editor, financial book series, Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB) (which became the Institute of Financial Services (Ifs), UK)
- Editor, CIB News, a weekly newsletter for the Ifs.
- Editor-in-chief, Financial World, a monthly magazine for the Institute of Financial Services (IfS)
- Author of numerous White Papers and sponsored Management Reports for the IfS. Sponsors and supporters included IBM, SAP, Xerox, Equifax, Lloyds TSB and Barclays Bank. Conferences and round tables were organized on the back of these reports.
- Also wrote White Papers (as white label products) for Innovate UK, then part of Cap Gemini Ernst Young and a country study on Egypt for Thomson Financial.
- Editor, Association of Foreign Banks (London), newsletter.
- Global Finance (Thomson Reuters).
- Managing editor, Optimus, a bi-monthly magazine for UBS Private Banking (Switzerland) (2001) Commissioned articles and acted as media liaison between the publisher (Redwood Publishing, London) and UBS.
- Editor and journalist for numerous IT and finance-related yearbooks.
- Consultant, VBM Consulting, a consultancy specialising in Managing for Value (MFV) Best Practices as applied to banks and other financial institutions.
2006-Co-founder, Powerful Communication
- Associates, (concealed information)
- Co-founder-Lume Productions- a television production company in the UK aimed at developing programmes to help improve financial literacy for children and young adults.
- 1989- 1995 Managing editor/launch editor, Euromoney Publications, London; Editor, Asset Finance and Leasing Digest; lived in South and North Asia and in North America.
- 1988- Journalist for launch of Retail Week, a weekly newspaper focused on the retail industry. It is now owned by EMAP and circulated globally.
- 1984-1987- Desk officer/Economist, New Zealand
Treasury. Monitored international economic developments including IMF and OECD issues and macroeconomic forecasting, focusing specifically on inflation and operating surplus. Selected to attend Outward Bound Course at Anakiwa.
-1980-86- Motel management- family-owned business
2017- “Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens”-The University of Hong Kong & The State University of New York (98.8%)
2017-New Venture Finance: Start up Financing for Entrepreneurs, University of Maryland, College Park (96%)
2017-Developing Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland, College Park (97.9%)
2016- Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori. Level 2, Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)
2016- Certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori. Level 2, Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)
2014- Masters in Fine Art (Film), University of Canterbury
2014-Te Reo Maori, beginners, University of Canterbury
2000- Teachers Diploma in Public Speaking, London
Guildhall of Speech & Drama (LGSM)
1997- Certificate in Speaking Skills, London Guildhall of
Speech & Drama
1996 - The Politics of Economic Development, London School of Economics (A-)
1987 - Post-Graduate Diploma of Journalism, University of Canterbury; Awarded Robert Bell Travelling Scholarship in
Journalism: How to improve the standard of financial journalism in NZ (Internship at National Business Review).
1986- Performers’ Diploma Effective Speaking,
Trinity College, London, (LTCL)
1984- BA (Hons) Economics; Major in Political Studies, Otago University (Dissertation on trade and CER).
1979- Associate Teachers’ Diploma Speech & Drama (ATCL)
Trinity College, London.
English (mother tongue); French (conversational), Arabic (basic),
Te Reo Maori (basic).
-Helping refugees through Canterbury Refugee Council and New Zealand National Refugee Youth Council
Toastmasters International Inc- Competent Communicator- since 2000.
-Vice President, Communications and PR, Toastmasters Queenstown
-President, Travel Club, Queenstown, New Zealand
Hobbies: Walking, tramping, swimming, reading, lawn bowls, travel, public speaking.
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