About the speaker:
Michael J. Jordan is currently a Lausanne-based Specialist in Global Communications, Media Relations, Staff Training & Executive Writing. He has lived on four continents, working across three industries. As a Foreign Correspondent, he’s a former UN correspondent who’s also reported from 30 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Southern Africa, for major media like Foreign Policy, French news agency AFP, the Christian Science Monitor and South Africa’s Mail & Guardian. As a Visiting Professor, he’s taught International Journalism from New York to Prague to Hong Kong; most recently, at top Chinese universities in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. As a Global Communications Consultant, he’s shared his toolkit of skills, strategies and storytelling with both for-profit and non-profit clients, with Consultancies ranging from HIV orphans
, maternal health and domestic violence in Africa, to environmental protection, worker’s rights and telecommunications in China. As an independent Consultant today, he serves in a variety of roles, including as Executive Writer for the Mekong River Commission in Laos; and as an Ambassador
and Trainer for the Geneva-based NGO, ConnectAID. He recently delivered online trainings
for NGO activists world-wide on how to generate storytelling that illuminates their organization’s impact and persuades skeptical donors
; and a two-day workshop
in Geneva for the Communications team of Medicines for Malaria Venture, on how to craft Impact Stories.