Speaker / Host
Julie Macdonald has over twenty years’ experience in News and Current Affairs. She is a News Anchor and Documentary Presenter for the Emmy award-winning International News Channel Al Jazeera. As part of the original launch team from 2006, Julie has been at the helm both in Doha and London during a period of seismic change across the Middle East.
About Julie MacDonald
Julie MacDonald as been with Al Jazeera since 2006. She also offers a fascinating insight into the newsgathering process at home and abroad. Her documentary “Scotland the Brave” has won many plaudits for its challenging and unique take on the Independence issue. Knowledgeable, engaging and full of humour, “Julie is an accomplished speaker and host for any event.
Julie MacDonald has a huge range of experiences, issues and interests to draw on, as a television presenter, campaigner and mum. Combining warmth and authority, her down-to-earth style has won her rave reviews as a news anchor covering the world’s biggest stories for Al Jazeera, Sky, BBC and Five News. A perceptive and engaging interviewer, Julie brings out the best in guests and thrives on debate and discussions. She has hosted and facilitated a huge range of conferences and other events and is much in demand for corporate videos. Clients have included Tarmac, Thames Water, Qatar Gas and the Coop. She also has partnerships with the People Tree ethical fashion label and with the Red Cross, where she’s their media coach.
Julie has taken a keen interest in the independence issue surrounding her native Scotland and has won plaudits for her documentary “Scotland the Brave” – a unique examination of the referendum. Crisis management and corporate communications are among her specialities. Themes include “Taking a stand against beige corporate communications. Out with the beige and in with the believable!”
Julie is also a successful business woman and a strong believer that raising kids is tougher than dodging bullets and the challenge of juggling parenthood with a career is an issue close to her heart.
Founder and owner of ‘The Daily Juggle’ website she says it is a “A working mum’s guide to staying sane and having a life”. A trained life coach she is a powerful motivational speaker, who can also deliver knowledge, warmth and wit. Julie speaks about the Motherhood Myth, Parenthood & the Press and Why ‘Perfect Parenthood’ is hurting us all.
She also provides fascinating insight into news coverage here and abroad. Her experiences include coming under fire on the West Bank when cycling through the Middle East for the “Follow the Women” campaign. Her business speech is about making money on-line, building a subscriber list and Tribe on-line.
- Healthcare and the Pharmaceutical Industry
- Technology/Innovation/Digital Disruption
- Supercharging Business through Storytelling
- International affairs
- Working Motherhood
"Julie has been a valuable part of our team at ISO.health, presenting live debates and events for our top 10 major pharmaceutical and biotech clients. From interviewing patients sensitively and warmly on stage to handling a panel of medical experts reviewing new data, we have benefitted from Julie’s considerable global, broadcast experience, her unflappable demeanour and intellectual rigour under pressure. Julie’s gift for making the complex simple and watchable is vital at a time when engagement with our content is key. Her generous sense of humour and empathy with our contributors has helped us transform the way our clients share their research and we look forward to working together in the years ahead."
Suzanne Jacobs – ISO Health
"Julie is always absolutely fantastic and we love working with her. She’s brought such warmth and liveliness to the podcast – they’re tricky topics, and she’s made it all so much more accessible for our listeners."
Hannah O'Neill - BBC Global
"Julie was so lovely with all the guests at our awards ceremony for the Association for Public Service Excellence. She was a pleasure to work with."
Mo Baines - Principal Advisor, Association for Public Service Excellence
"A brilliant brain in a downright lovely package. It's hard to find great story tellers these days but Julie is one."
Pete Minns Producer/Director
"Julie is unflappable, always well briefed and looks great on screen. She's a delight to work with."
Ben Rayner - Al Jazeera Executive Producer, Europe
"We were hugely impressed by Julie MacDonald when she interviewed and reported in a video and facilitated a conference for us at the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering. She is a warm and perceptive moderator and brought out the best in all the speakers taking part. Julie has a talent for bringing huge credibility to a live event, gently guiding all the participants, while retaining a sense of fun where appropriate. We are very keen to work with Julie again."
Valerie Howarth - Business Development Director, Howarth & Co.