Julie MacDonald, TV presenter, keynote speaker, event moderator, event host and MC
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Julie MacDonald presenter and event host
Julie MacDonald virtual event host

Julie MacDonald

Experienced International News Anchor presenting for Al Jazeera, Sky, BBC, ITV, 5 News. Moderator, Event MC, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Specialist
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With over twenty years experience in News and Current Affairs, Julie MacDonald is a News Anchor and Documentary Presenter for the Emmy award winning International News Channel Al Jazeera. As part of the original launch team, Julie has been at the helm both in Doha and London since 2006.

Combining years of experience at the sharp end with warmth and authority, her down-to-earth style has won her rave reviews as a presenter covering the world’s biggest stories for some of our best-loved TV channels, including Sky News, BBC, ITV and Five News.

Julie is a breaking news specialist, providing clarity, credibility and commentary as events unfold.

A perceptive and engaging interviewer, she brings out the best in guests and thrives on debate and discussions. Julie is also an experienced correspondent and an acclaimed documentary maker, winning plaudits for “Scotland the Brave?”, her unique examination of the Scottish referendum.

An experienced Moderator, Event Host and Keynote Speaker, Julie is in demand to create and present corporate videos and has been a host and facilitator at a huge range of conferences, awards ceremonies, workshops and other events. Clients have included Astrazeneca, Merck, Takeda, APSE, EQT, RBS, EFORT and Costain. Her public speaking specialities include Healthcare and the Pharmaceutical Industry, Innovation, Supercharging Business through Storytelling, International affairs and Working Motherhood – the subject of a book she has authored.  She has also presented a healthcare podcast series for the BBC.

As an experienced journalist creating powerful content in the science and medical field, Julie presents a number of podcasts for world leading science companies including Unmute MS which explores and showcases ground breaking research in Multiple Sclerosis. She also fronts Innovation Rheum, a podcast sharing innovation in Rheumatology. Julie is proud to support The European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) and is a regular presenter of data updates for a leading pharmaceutical oncology brand

As a Mum of two Dyslexic daughters, Julie is passionate about transforming education and the workplace through promoting better understanding of neurodiversity. When she’s not on air covering world events Julie runs a successful Corporate Film & Communications Company and is the Founder of The Awesome Au Pair – a digital support community for Host Families and Au Pairs.


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

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.

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

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 did an amazing job! We got some great feedback from attendees during a post-event briefing call which particularly highlighted how well she managed time, fielded questions from the audience and navigated some connection issues.

We really appreciated Julie going through all the materials in detail before – it really showed as she added her commentary of the issue.

Sophie Fresson, Hanover Communications

Event host and moderator



Julie MacDonald hosting an event in Barcelona

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