Fionnuala Sweeney

Former Anchor at CNN International and an Outstanding Interviewee

20 years experience as CNN International Anchor/Correspondent in London, Atlanta & Abu Dhabi with extensive field experience in Israel, Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia Hungary, France. Extensive experience also at moderating/hosting panels & events from California to London to Dubai and from Bergen to Valencia to Durban on issues ranging from the environment to war to fashion and foreign affairs.

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Fionnuala is Communications Director with The Atlantic Institute at Oxford University and a former anchor/correspondent with CNN International. An Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, she presents RTE's Brainstorm, a radio discussion among university researchers of national, cultural and socio-economic trends.

The Atlantic Institute promotes connection and collaboration among the growing number of Atlantic Fellows (up to 2850), drawn from seven interconnected, interdisciplinary global programs all dedicated to tackling challenges to health, equity, opportunity and inclusion. Funded by Atlantic Philanthropies ($660 million) the programs include the Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health ($177 million) based at GBHI, Trinity College Dublin and the University of California San Francisco.

While at CNN, Fionnuala anchored prime time news and reported on major events in Europe and the Middle East, including CNN’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning coverage of the 2011 fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the 2011 Emmy-nominated live coverage of Libya Revolution: Rebels enter Tripoli and Gadhafi Compound. She was instrumental in helping CNN win an Edward R. Murrow award for coverage of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War.

An experienced moderator, Fionnuala's tv guests and panellists have included US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, UN Secretary Generals Kofi Annan and Antonio Guterres, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto, Tony Blair, Benjamin Netanyahu, fmr Irish President & Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson, Nobel Peace Prize winners Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mikhail Gorbachev as well as Tom Ford, Sean Penn, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper, Dido, Beyoncé and Bono.

Fionnuala joined CNN from RTE, where she had been a radio/tv news reporter and newscaster. In 1993, she presented the 38th Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live in three languages to 350 million people.

Fionnuala has worked at major events including:

  • Moderating UN panels on the tourism & the environment in Davos 2008.
  • Interviewing Madeleine Albright in Dubai for the Leaders' Forum 2006.
  • Moderating the RFK Speak Truth to Power Chicago 2012 Nobel Laureates organised by Kerry Kennedy. Panelists included Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Interviews included President Jimmy Carter, Sean Penn.
  • 2012 New York. Moderated UN Panel on Human Trafficking.
  • 2009 Durban South Africa Tourism Expo for World Cup - panel included Danny Jordaan, Chief executive of South Africa's World Cup Committee.
  • 2004 Leaders conference London, Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • Rome 2008. Moderator at UN Conference on the Environment.
  • World Health Conference Geneva 1998. Introduced Hillary Clinton & moderated a panel including Fidel Castro on Health Services.
  • Keynote speaker to Women in Business Conference at the London Business School 2007.
  • International Affairs
  • UN, Middle East
  • Environmental Issues
  • Ireland/US relations/diaspora
  • Ireland/UK relations/diaspora
  • Media

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