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Most executives feel anxious and dissatisfied about their public speaking and communication performances.

Their message is often misunderstood or only partially successful as a result of both delivery and content.

After completing McKay’s interactive and participative programme you will have accomplished the following:

  • More effective presentations: visual & audio
  • Better use of body language: avoiding the negatives
  • Greater  sensitivity to your audience: more engaged and involved
  • Increased confidence in public speaking: engaging the audience; communicating your message
  • Invaluable feedback/rehearsal with third party review ensuring communication is effective.

Need more information? Contact us to discuss your needs or see this American International Club newsletter article on a public speaking seminarpdf_button given by Mr. McKay. 


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Some companies suffer from intellectual inertia.

Put another way: “We have always done it like this before”. The result? Some of your key employees are not performing to their true potential. They have just “switched off”.

McKay’s creates the right forum through special programmes that allow all relevant stakeholders to:

  • Contribute to the enterprise
  • Define and attack hidden constraints to the organisation reaching its goals by:
    • Breaking down fiefdoms and cliques
    • Encouraging cross-communication
    • Eliciting latent ideas
    • Enhancing the motivational level of your teams.
McKay’s works with groups small and large to get the very best out of each individual participant.

Need more information? Contact us to discuss your needs.


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"The McKay Interview"

The McKay Interview was founded on a simple idea in April 2013: that radio listeners in the Geneva region of Switzerland, and beyond, would tune in regularly to listen to intelligent yet relaxed, English-language conversation between me and people who I find interesting and who do interesting things.

The most recent episodes of the McKay Interview can be found on anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/the-mckay-interview

The previous episodes can be found in the World Radio Switzerland archive - https://www.worldradio.ch/listen-again/mckay-interview/

All the “Interviews” conducted since then are listed and available below. You will see that a variety of prominent and thoughtful people have accepted my invitation and a wide range of topics have been covered.

I hope you enjoy listening:

  • Clive Thompson, retired private banker and wealth management advisor. Tuesday 23 April 2024.
  • Dr. André Schneider, CEO of Geneva Airport. 15 April 2024.
  • Professor Xavier Oberson, Professor of Swiss and International Tax Law, University of Geneva. 12 April 2024.
  • Professor Julian Lindley-French, Chairman of the Alphen Group. 18 March 2024.
  • Dr. Conrad Hughes, Director-General of the International School of Geneva. 29 February 2024.
  • Nadia Sikorksy PhD, Co-founder and Editor of NashaGazeta.ch. 10 February 2024.
  • Adolf Ogi, twice President of the Swiss Confederation. 2 February 2024.
  • Bernard Salzmann, a Swiss, world traveller, on a mission to drive, alone, around the world. 3 January 2024.
  • Lt. Gen. (rtd.) Ben Hodges, former Commander of the United States Army in Europe. 12 December 2024.
  • Grégoire Ribordy, Co-founder and CEO of ID Quantique. 22 November 2023.
  • Bru Pearce, Founder of Envisionation, and environmental consultancy. 24 October 2023.
  • Professor Francesco Pepe, Director of the Department of Astronomy, University of Geneva. 24 October 2023.
  • General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, former Chief of the UK Defence Staff 2010-2013. 3rd November 2023.
  • Ambassador Juerg Lauber, Switzerland's Permanent Representative to the U.N. & other International Organizations in Geneva. 4th September 2023.
  • Selma Galland, Etam Country Manager for Switzerland. 30th August 2023.
  • Jared Bibler, Author of 'Iceland's Secret: The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Con.'. 6th September 2023.
  • Sir Graham Brady, Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale West; Chair of the Conservative Private Members' Committee or the "1922 Committee". 16th June 2023.
  • Dr. Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics, University of Kent, UK, and a commissioner of the Social Mobility Commission. 25th May 2023.
  • Kirsten Neuschaefer, first female winner of the 2022 Gold Globe Race; solitary circumnavigation of the globe. 16th May 2023.
  • Jean-Pierre Roth, President of the Foundation for the Renovation of the Swiss Guard Barracks in the Vatican; former Chairman of the Board of the Swiss National Bank. 11th May 2023.
  • Dr. Ilia Kolochenko, Founder & CEO of IMMUNIWEB. 27th April 2023.
  • Bru Pearce, Founder & Managing Director, Envisionation Ltd. 27th April 2023.
  • Lt. Gen. Thomas Suessli, Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces. 17th March 2023.
  • Kinza Win of WIN Advisors on Philanthropy. 16th March 2023.
  • Professor Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization. 25th February 2023.
  • Ambassador Yevenhiia Filipenko, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the United Nations & other International Organizations in Geneva. 22nd February 2023.
  • Professor Dr. Rudolf Minsch, Chief Economist and Deputy Chairman of economiesuisse. 20th January 2023.
  • The opinions of "Leila", an Iranian-Swiss woman living in Switzerland, on the current state of Iran. 16th January 2023.
  • Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser and board member, Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and Visiting Professor at King’s College London and Birmingham City University. 4th January 2023.
  • The Hon. Charles C. Adams, Jr., United States Ambassador to Finland 2015 - 2017. 28th November 2022.
  • Steven R. Miles, Fellow for Global Natural Gas & Energy Transitions, the Baker Institute's Center for Energy Studies at Rice University, Texas, USA, and Senior Counsel at Baker Botts LLP, Houston. 15th November 2022.
  • Dr. Charles-Henry Rochat, the leading Genevan urologist and surgeon. 3rd November 2022.
  • Lt. Gen. (rtd.) Ben Hodges, former Commander of the US Army Europe. 20th October 2022.
  • Personal reflections on the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II from four, Commonwealth friends from Canada, India, Jamaica and the U.K. 30th September 2022.
  • Ambassador Mme. Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Permanent Observer of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. 6th September 2022.
  • Dr. Mukesh Kapila CBE, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, 2003-2004. 30th August 2022.
  • Professor Yves Flueckiger, Rector of the University of Geneva, President of swissuniversities and President of League of European Research Universities. 19th August 2022.
  • Ambassador Simon Manley CMG, United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the United Nations & other International Organizations in Geneva 6th July 2022.
  • David Willey OBE, papal biographer and former BBC Rome Correspondent. 29th June 2022.
  • General Sir Richard Shirreff, former NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. 18th May 2022.
  • Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company, Chicago. 17th May 2022.
  • Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. 13th May 2022.
  • Christoph Maeder, President of economiesuisse, Switzerland's premier business organisation. 11th May 2022.
  • Debora MacKenzie, acclaimed science writer and journalist on emerging diseases and one of the first to suggest that it could become a pandemic. 5th May 2022.
  • Robert Sinclair, CEO, London City Airport, UK. 5th April 2022.
  • 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. 24th March 2022.
  • Lucie Kunz-Harris, Syndic of the Commune of Founex in the Swiss Canton of Vaud. 11th March 2022.
  • Ambassador Yevheniia Filipenko, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the UN & other International Organizations in Geneva. 29th March 2022.
  • Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger, Austria’s Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva. 15th March 2022.
  • Dr Richard Moxon, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics and Founder of the Oxford Vaccine Group. 3rd March 2022.
  • Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. 1st March 2022.
  • Dov Baron, rated as one of the top 100 leadership speakers by Inc. Magazine. And Inc. also rated his Podcast as No.1 for Fortune 500 Executives. 19th January 2022.
  • Ambassador Yvette Stevens, former Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations & other International Organizations in Geneva. 10th January 2022.
  • Romain Vetter, Director-General, Swiss International Air Lines, Western Switzerland. 10th January 2022.
  • 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. 15th December 2021.
  • The Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, UK Trade Envoy to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. 10th November 2021.
  • Olivier Jankovec, Director-General, Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe). 27th October 2021.
  • Ambassador Amanda Ellis, Arizona State University's (ASU) Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and formerly New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the UN & International Organizations Geneva. 21st October 2021.
  • Diccon Bewes, Author, Travel Writer, Chocolate-Lover and Englishman in Bern. 19th October 2021.
  • Dr François Carrard, Director-General of the International Olympic Committee, 1989-2003. 14th October 2021
  • Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, President of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) Foundation. 29th September 2021.
  • Dr Cynthia Cherrey and Professor Mike Hardy of the International Leadership Association. 24th September 2021.
  • "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 condition of anonymity. 9th September 2021.
  • Ambassador Michael Gaffey, Permanent Representative of the Irish Republic to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. 27th July 2021.
  • Dr. David Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. 27th July 2021.
  • Dr. Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. 7th July 2021.
  • Riel Miller, Head of Futures Literacy at UNESCO in Paris. 21 June 2021.
  • Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein, Jane Owen. 11th June 2021.
  • Professor Dr David Heymann, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 19th May 2021.
  • Michael Hacking, Founder & CEO, MOCOH S.A. 5th May 2021.
  • Corinne Momal-Vanian, Executive Director, the Kofi Annan Foundation. 28th April 2021.
  • Ambassador Christian Dussey, Director - Geneva Centre for Security Policy. 14th April 2021.
  • H.E. Mr. Julian Braithwaite CMG, UK Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the UN & other International Orgs. Geneva. 30th March 2021.
  • The Hon. Kent Brown, the United States' first Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia. 18th March 2021.
  • John W. Wood, Chairman of the Trilateral Group Ltd., London; former Global Chairman of Republicans Abroad. 3rd March 2021.
  • Dr Daniel Warner, Former Deputy to the Director, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 16th February 2021.
  • Michael Møller, Chairman of the Diplomacy Forum of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator Foundation – GESDA. 14th January 2021.
  • Ron Rock, Co-founder & CEO of Microshare® in Philadelphia, USA. 21st December 2020.
  • Dr David Hawley, Director-General of the International School of Geneva (Ecolint) and Antonia Molnar, a Year 12 Student. 14th December 2020.
  • His Excellency Alexandre Fasel, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to the United Kingdom. 4th December 2020.
  • Her Excellency Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. 11th November 2020.
  • Lorenzo Stoll, Director-General, Suisse Romande, SWISS International Air Lines, 6th November 2020.
  • Professor Jovan Kurbalija, Director, DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform, 29th October 2020.
  • Karel Leeflang, Founder/President of StrategyPod. 16th October 2020.
  • Dr. Karin von Hippel, Director-General, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London. 30th September 2020.
  • A Roundtable Discussion on Geneva’s Hotel & Hospitality Sector in the Pandemic. Daniel Grangier, Proprietor of Restaurant Le Milan, Adrien Genier, Geneva Tourism & Conventions Foundation, Thierry Lavalley, President of the Geneva Hotel Association and General Manager of The Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva, and Vincent Subilia, Director-General, Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Services (CCIG). 14th September 2020.
  • Dr. Bill Durodie, Professor of Risk and Security in International Relations, The University of Bath. 4th September 2020.
  • Nabil Canaan, Lebanese-Swiss cultural producer, multi-media filmmaker, development consultant and brand marketing professional. 21st August 2020.
  • Reverend Dr William McComish, former Dean of the Cathedral St. Pierre Geneva. By Zoom, 8th July 2020.
  • Professor Dr. Didier Pittet, infectious diseases expert at the University Hospital Geneva (HUG). By Zoom, 30th June 2020.
  • Jo Hemmings, Behavioural Psychologist & British TV personality. By Zoom, 26th June 2020.
  • Professor Simon Heffer on media and Covid-19. By Zoom, 17th June 2020.
  • Dr Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General, INTERPOL. By Zoom, 11th June 2020.
  • Professor Emerita Victoria Curzon-Price, University of Geneva. By Zoom, 2nd June 2020.
  • Dr. Jean-Marc Rickli, Geneva Centre for Security Policy. By Zoom, 27th May 2020.
  • Dr. David Heymann, Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. By Zoom, 21st May 2020.
  • Pierre Ruetschi, President of the Geneva Press Club and formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Tribune de Genève. By Zoom, 14th May 2020.
  • Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization, By Zoom By Zoom, 6th May 2020.
  • Dr. Charles Jefford, Professor Emeritus of Organic Chemistry at the University of Geneva. By Zoom, 30th April 2020.
  • Mario Possamai, Senior Adviser for Occupational Health & Safety & Pandemic Planning on the Canadian SARS Commission’s judicial inquiry into the outbreak of SARS in 2003 . By Zoom from Toronto. 22nd April 2020.
  • Dr Bob Bishop, Founder/Chairman of the International Centre for Earth Simulation Foundation (ICES), on COVID-19. By Zoom, 16th April 2020.
  • James Breiding, author of “Too Small to Fail. Why some small nations outperform larger ones and how they are reshaping the world”. 12th March 2020.
  • Morten Scholer, author of “Coffee and Wine - two worlds compared”. 2nd March 2020.
  • Anne-Marie de Weck, President of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. 4th February 2020.
  • Philip Barnes, Managing Director of The Savoy Hotel, London. 28th January 2020.
  • Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. 13th January 2020.
  • Danny Sriskandarajah, CEO of Oxfam GB. 18th December 2019.
  • Sir Andrew Cook CBE, prominent British industrialist, philanthropist, historian, author, owner and Chairman of William Cook Holdings Limited. 13th December 2019.
  • Prof. Tim Palmer, Professor Peter Head, Edwin Douglass and Dr Bob Bishop, with comments and reflections on the International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES) Biennial Geneva Conference. 3rd December 2019.
  • Sir Alan Yarrow, Lord Mayor of London 2014-15 & leader of the City of London Corporation; Chairman of the Kleinwort Benson Group. 21st October 2019.
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB CVO, former UK Government Cabinet Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. 17th October 2019.
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Howell of Guildford PC, former Chair of the UK House of Lords International Relations Committee; and UK Government Cabinet Minister.1st October 2019.
  • Thomas Cueni, Director-General of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA). 30th September 2019.
  • Michael Møller, former Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. 26th September 2019.
  • David Bennett, Global Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Division. 9th September 2019.
  • Dominique de Buman - Formerly, President of the National Council of Switzerland and the Federal Assembly. “Speaker” of the House. 17th April 2019.
  • Jonathan Nott, Music & Artistic Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. 8th May 2019.
  • Bonnie Carroll, Founder & President of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). 6th June 2019.
  • Yves Daccord. Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 14th May 2019.
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Owen CH, former UK Foreign Secretary (1977-79); co-founder of the Social Democratic Party. 8th May 2019.
  • Francis Martin – President of the British Chambers of Commerce. 4th April 2019.
  • Alain Barbey, Regional Director - Suisse Romande, Swiss Federal Railways – SBB/CFF/FFS. 26th March 2019.
  • Dr Gihan Kamel of the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East – SESAME – in Jordan. 22nd March 2019.
  • Dame Inga Beale DBE - the first, female CEO of Lloyds of London in more than 300 years. 14th March 2019.
  • Stephanie Jarrett, Partner at Baker McKenzie, Geneva. 4th March 2019.
  • Dr André Schneider – CEO, Geneva International Airport. 20th February 2019
  • Tibère Adler – Co-founder of Heidi.news. 31st January 2019.
  • Nadia Isler - Director of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Lab. in the Office of the Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). 31st January 2019.
  • Annika Hilding Norberg. Geneva Centre for Security Policy’s Cluster for Peace Operations and Peacebuilding. 27th November 2018.
  • Antonio Gambardella. Director - Fondation Genevoise pour l’Innovation Technologique, FONGIT. 11th January 2019.
  • Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, Global Risk and Resilience at the Emerging Security Challenges Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy. 3rd October 2018.
  • Urs Eberhard, Executive Vice President & Head of Markets at Switzerland Tourism. 3rd October 2018.
  • Anne Hornung-Soukup, Chair of the Transports publics genevois - the TPG, Geneva’s tram and bus public transport company. 25th October 2018.
  • Her Excellency Jane Owen, Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation and non-resident Ambassador to Liechtenstein. 13th November 2018.
  • Andrew Mitchell CMG, Her Majesty’s Commissioner for Trade in Europe, United Kingdom’s Department for International Trade. 21st November 2018.
  • Oliver Woodhead, owner of L’Entente – Le British Brasserie - in Paris, along with a couple of his friends, Simon Kuper of the Financial Times and James Velaise of Pretty Pictures. 31st August 2018.
  • Peter Tatchell, well-known British/Australian human-rights activist and Founder of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. 30th July 2018.
  • Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley CH, British information technology pioneer, businesswoman and philanthropist. 30th July 2018.
  • Hon. Charles C. Adams, Jr., United States’ Ambassador to Finland, 2015-2017. 17th June 2018.
  • Linda Tucker, Founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust and the Linda Tucker Foundation. 23rd May 2018.
  • Dr. David R. Young. Founder & President of Oxford Analytica Ltd. 24th May 2018.
  • Professor Manfred Nowak - Leader of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. 9th March 2018.
  • “MISS HELVETIA”, aka Barbara Klossner. The gifted, Swiss singer who yodels like no one else in the world! 29th January 2018.
  • Conseiller d'Etat (Councillor of State) Serge Dal Busco - Department of Finance, the Republic & Canton of Geneva. 9th April 2018.
  • Sushil Premchand, Chairman of PRS Group S.A. – the Premchand Group in Mumbai. 28th February 2018.
  • Professor Julian Lindley-French, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Statecraft, London, and Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. 13th March 2018.
  • Max Steinberg CBE FRSA, Chairman of ‘The 2018 International Business Festival'. 23rd February 2018.
  • Dr. Johanna Ralston, CEO of the World Obesity Federation. 18th January 2018.
  • Professor Sarah Springman, Rector of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich/Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich or ETH. 1st December 2017.
  • Dr. Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, Stony Brook University, New York. 30th November 2017.
  • Nick Robinson, BBC Co-presenter of Radio 4’s flagship “Today” Programme and former BBC Political Editor. 27th November 2017.
  • Edward Girardet, journalist, writer, producer and Editor-in-Chief of “Global Geneva” magazine. 30th October 2017.
  • Tan Le, Co-founder of EMOTIV, a leading, San Francisco-based, software company which specialises in electro-encephalography (EEG) headsets. 27th October 2017.
  • 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.
  • Myret Zaki, Editor-in-Chief of BILAN magazine. 18th October 2017.
  • Antoine Marguier: Conductor, Music Director and Co-founder of the United Nations Orchestra Geneva. 10th October 2017.
  • Cornelio Sommaruga, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, 1987-1999. 21st August 2017.
  • Honey Al-Sayed, Founder of Honey &,. LLC; award-winning, national radio host, Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); and, for the past 7 years, a Syrian refugee in the USA. 23rd August 2017.
  • Ambassador Julian Braithwaite, United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations & Other International Organizations in Geneva. 4th October 2017.
  • Sir Peter Marshall KCMG CVO, Veteran British Diplomat and formerly UK Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva. 2nd August 2017.
  • Dr. Henry Markram, Professor of Neuroscience, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. 6th June 2017.
  • Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan, Philosopher, Neuroscientist and Geo-strategist at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. 22nd May 2017.
  • Dr. Simon Heffer, writer, historian and columnist with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, London. 12th June 2017.
  • H.E. Dr. Otto Lampe, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Switzerland & Liechtenstein. 23rd May 2017.
  • Dr. Jack Caravelli. Formerly, CIA officer, member of the White House National Security Council staff 1996-2000, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Energy 2000 - 2005; and currently Visiting Professor at the UK Defence Academy. 13th May 2017.
  • General Sir Richard Shirreff, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe 2011- 2014. 29th March 2017.
  • Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). 16th February 2017.
  • Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi, former Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy; responsible for Operation Mare Nostrum 2013-2014. 16th February 2017.
  • Adolf Ogi, twice President of Switzerland and former Federal Councillor. 27th January 2017.
  • Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO of IKEA Switzerland and Co-Chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. 17th October 2016.
  • Tim Jarvis AM, environmental scientist, adventurer, author and Antarctic polar explorer. 30th September 2016.
  • Ambassador Henri Gétaz, Head of European Affairs at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. 31st January 2017.
  • Dr. Benoît Dubuis, Executive Director of Campus Biotech in Geneva. 12th September 2016.
  • Claire Fox, Founder of the Institute of Ideas and frequent panellist on the BBC’s “Moral Maze”, “Any Questions” and “Question Time”. 14th September 2016.
  • A Special “McKay Interview” Panel Debate recorded in front of a live audience at the International School of Lausanne. 21st November 2016. ‘What does the new US President mean for Switzerland, Europe and the World?’
  • Christopher Long CMG, British Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein 1988-1992. 20th November 2016.
  • The Honorable Kent Brown, the United States former Ambassador to Georgia. This interview is the sixth and last in the mini-series based loosely on Winston Churchill’s “A History of the English-speaking Peoples”. 15th November 2016.
  • Adam Deen, Managing Director of the Quilliam Foundation (UK) and a reformed Islamic extremist. 12th October 2016.
  • Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chairman of the Institute of Directors. 10th October 2016.
  • Raymond Loretan, President of the Diplomatic Club of Geneva; former Swiss Ambassador to Singapore and to Brunei. 7th September 2016.
  • Paul Drechsler CBE, President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).Tuesday 13th September 2016.
  • Conseiller d’Etat Mr. Antonio Hodgers, Department of Planning, Housing and Energy. Republic & Canton of Geneva. 6th September 2016.
  • Hans Koch. CEO of KKL, the internationally famous Culture and Congress Centre in Lucerne. 9th August 2016.
  • Esteve Calzada, Founder & CEO of Prime Time Sport and  former Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer of FC Barcelona. 2nd June 2016.
  • Tim Sebastian,  TV journalist, author and first presenter of BBC’s HARDtalk. Wednesday 1st June 2016
  • The Hon. Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim. 25th May 2016.
  • Conseiller d’Etat Mr. Pierre Maudet, Department of Securité & Economy, Republic & Canton of Geneva. 12th May 2016.
  • Heinz Karrer, President of economiesuisse, Switzerland’s premier business organisation for promoting optimum work conditions and free enterprise. 9th March 2016.
  • Her Excellency Ms. Jennifer MacIntyre, Canada’s Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein. This interview is the fifth in the mini-series of six based loosely on Winston Churchill’s “A History of the English-speaking Peoples”. 8th March 2016.
  • Dr. Bob Bishop, Founder & President of the International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES) Foundation.  11th February 2016.
  • Anthony Browne, Chief Executive of the British Bankers’ Association. 1st March 2016.
  • Aldo Giacomello, Senior Head Concierge and 50 years at the Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva; Honorary President & Goodwill Ambassador of the Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hôtels (UICH), “Les Clefs d’Or”. 5th February 2016.
  • Kate Adie OBE DL, BBC Chief News Correspondent, 1989 – 2003. 1st February 2016.
  • His Excellency Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. 2nd February 2016.
  • Sir David Michels Chairman of Michels & Taylor, London & Capital, Miroma and Iconic Bet.com ; former Chief Executive of Hilton Group plc. 13th January 2016.
  • Debbie Jevans CBE. No.1 in The Guardian’s list of the 50 most influential women in British sport; former CEO of England 2015 (Rugby World Cup). 27th November 2015.
  • Lord Mark Poltimore, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe. 12th November 2015.
  • Dr. James Gillies, Director of Communication at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). 12th October 2015.
  • Dr. Charles-Henry Rochat for Movember 2015. 5th November 2015.
  • David Worlock, cyber-security expert and chairman of the UK’s Business Information Industry Association. 8th October 2015.
  • James Breiding, author of “Swiss Made – the untold story behind Switzerland’s success”. 25 Sep 2015.
  • The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe DSG. 23 Sep 2015.
  • Dr. Charles Jefford, Professor Emeritus of Organic Chemistry at the University of Geneva. 18 Sep 2015.
  • Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. 7 July 2015.
  • His Excellency  Mr. John Quinn, Australia’s  Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geneva and Permanent Representative to the Conference on  Disarmament.  This interview is the fourth  in the mini-series of six based loosely on Winston Churchill’s “A History of the English-speaking Peoples”. 12th June  2015.
  • Peter Kellner, President of YouGov plc. 12th June 2015.
  • Lorenzo Stoll, Director-General, Suisse Romande, SWISS International Air Lines. 27th May 2015.
  • Jazz Great Monty Alexander. 10th May 2015.
  • Archbishop Silvano Tomasi  C.S.,  Permanent Observer of Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva.  7th May 2015.
  • Dr. Aki Hintsa, Founder of Hintsa Performance and Team Doctor of McLaren - Formula 1. 18th February 2015.
  • Doing Business in Lausanne and the La Côte region of Switzerland. 11th March 2015.
  • Dr. Simon Heffer, British journalist with the Daily Mail and, Daily Telegraph; author and political commentator. 3rd March 2015.
  • Her Excellency Ms. Amanda Ellis, New Zealand’s Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geneva.  This interview is the third  in the mini-series of six based loosely on Winston Churchill’s “A History of the English-speaking Peoples”. 4th February 2015.
  • Norman Hay, former CEO of Cargill International. 30th January 2015.
  • Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, Chief Executive, CROSSRAIL. 20th January 2015.
  • The Mayor of Geneva Mr. Sami Kanaan.  5th January 2015.
  • Henk Potts – Economy Strategist at Barclays Bank, London.  20th November 2014.
  • His Excellency Mr. David Moran, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Switzerland &  Liechtenstein. This interview is the second in the  mini-series of six based loosely on Winston Churchill’s  “A History of the English-speaking Peoples”. 13th November 2014.
  • Konji Sebati  MD – Republic of South Africa’s former Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein, the Holy See, France, UNESCO and the OECD. This interview is the first in a mini-series of six based loosely on Winston Churchill’s “A History of the English-speaking Peoples”. 20th August 2014.
  • Rory Bremner,  well-known British  impressionist, comedian and satirist.  7th November 2014.
  • Hans Olsen – Global Head of Investment Strategy, Barclays Bank, New York.  7th November 2014.
  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Lothian PC QC Chairman of MEC International Ltd. Chairman of the Global Strategy Forum 22nd October 2014.
  • The Hon. G. Anthony Hylton, MP. Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce. 15th October 2014.
  • Vicky Ellis, British yachtswoman who as skipper of “Switzerland” in the2013-2014 “Clipper Round the World Race”, finished 5th out of twelve yachts. 29th September 2014.
  • Mr. Michael Møller -  Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. 23rd June 2014.
  • Professor Dominique Turpin, President of IMD, Lausanne.  26th May 2014.
  • General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, former Chief of the U.K. Defence Staff. 15th May 2014.
  • Jesùs Martin-Garcia, Founder & General Partner, Eclosion S.A.  6th May 2014.
  • Guy Ryder - Director-General of the International Labour Organization. 5th May 2014.
  • Ambassador William L. Swing, Director-General, International Organization for Migration. 2nd May 2014.
  • Vicky Pryce – Former Director-General in the British Government’s Business Department & and Joint-Head of the UK Government’s Economic Service. 3rd April 2014.
  • The McKay Interview with Ivan Pictet: on the modern significance of the 200th anniversary of La Restauration genevoise 1814 – 2014 and Geneva joining the Swiss Confederation. 26th March 2014.
  • Charles Moore, authorised biographer of Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven. 24th March 2014.
  • Dr. Daniel Warner - Geneva  Centre  for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces & Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, 17th March 2014.
  • The McKay Interview with André Borschberg, co-founder and co-pilot of Solar Impulse. 27 February 2014.
  • The McKay Interview with Peter Gooderham CMG, former UK ambassador to the UN. 25th February 2014.
  • Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, Vice-Chairwoman of Edmond de Rothschild Group. 19th February 2014.
  • Professor Julian Lindley-French, Member of Strategic Advisory Panel to the UK Chief of Defence Staff. Member of Academic Advisory Board, NATO Defense College. 11 Feb 2014.
  • Guy Healey of Lloyds Bank on the bank's 100 year history in Geneva. 10 February 2014.
  • The McKay Interview with racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart, 7 February 2014.
  • The McKay Interview with WIPO DG Francis Gurry, Michael McKay talks to the Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Francis Gurry. 31 January 2014
  • Stephanie Jarrett - Tax and companies talks to Michael McKay on how companies arrange their tax positions. 17 January 2014.
  • Ambassador Sarah Gillett, British Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. 7 Jan 2013.
  • Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier, 06 January 2014.
  • The McKay Interview: Jacques Mayer, Michael McKay is talking to Jacques Mayer, the fourth generation of his family to run the famous Beau Rivage Hotel in Geneva. 09 December 2013.
  • Dr. Teddy Püttgen, Professor of Energy Systems Management, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL . 14 Nov 2012.
  • Jean-Pierre Cuoni, Founder & Chairman of EFG Bank, Switzerland. 1 Nov 2013.
  • United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geneva, Ambassador Betty E. King. 31 Oct 2013.
  • Pierre Ruetschi, Editor-in-Chief, Tribune de Genève. 15 Oct. 2013.
  • Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva. 3 Oct 2013.
  • Pierre Maudet, Councillor of State, Republic & Canton of Geneva. 4 Sept 2013.
  • Diane Abbott, Member of Parliament for Hackney North & Stoke Newington. 31 July 2013.
  • David Willey OBE, the BBC’s Rome Correspondent since 1972. 20 June 2013.
  • Dr. Rajna Gibson Brandon, Professor of Finance, University of Geneva. 17 June 2013.
  • Ambassador Luzius Wasescha, President of the Diplomatic Club of Geneva. 8 May 2013.
  • Dr. Fred Singer, Emeritus Professor, University of Virginia. 2 Dec 2012.
  • Professor Victoria Curzon-Price, University of Geneva: On the Causes of the Economic Crisis. 20 November 2012.
  • Robert Deillon, CEO of Geneva International Airport. 24 Oct. 2012.


ACI Europe

Airport: The Interview | Olivier Jankovec by Michael McKay
(26th October 2021)

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, interviewed for the first time by Michael McKay, founder of McKay's Interview and Former Chair of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Geneva.


ACI EUROPE Annual Congress 2020 - Interview with Debora MacKenzie - 
(November 2020)

Deborah Mackenzie has  been covering emerging diseases for more than thirty years as a science journalist for titles such as the New Scientist.  She has been writing about Covid-19 from the start and was among the first journalists to suggest that it could become a pandemic.

This interview was recorded in November 2020 for the Airports Council International/ACI EUROPE’s Annual Congress 2020.

It includes very pertinent remarks such as:

“People on airplanes were to Covid-19 what the mosquito is to malaria.”

“… we know there will be more pandemics….”.

“I wouldn’t say bats are to blame: they didn’t ask to be hunted and sold, or for their droppings to be turned into so-called medicine!”

“It’s no mystery what works and what doesn’t. Other countries did not lock down firmly enough at first to get case numbers down, then they re-opened when numbers were still too high to contain the virus, and/or they didn’t do a very good job of testing and quarantining cases and contacts and cases rose again…”

“Covid is not a one-off!”


DOW Chemical Company

DOW Chemical Company - Equally Unique – 2021
(30th September 2021)

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