"Entrepreneurs and leading start-ups laid down an important challenge to the relative complacency of the Swiss corporations. These events are needed more than ever to shake up and inspire new ways of thinking about business."
CAROLINE DANIEL ABOUT THE WORLDWEBFORUM 2016
IN THE FRONT ROW
Editor of Financial Times Weekend
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT
Caroline Daniel, FT Weekend editor, and Sue Matthias, editor of the magazine
Financial Times - Women at the top
Caroline Daniel is the Editor of Financial Times Weekend, the biggest selling print-edition of the Financial Times. She is also consulting editor of FT Live/FT Conferences, and an Financial Times assistant editor. Prior to her current role, Daniel ran the Financial Times' authoritative opinion, comment and analysis pages during the financial crisis, from 2008-2010, commissioning writers from Alan Greenspan to Larry Summers, former U.S. Treasury secretary. From 2005-2007 she was the Financial Times' White House correspondent, covering George W. Bush during his second term.
From 2002 she was the Financial Times' Chicago correspondent. She joined the Financial Times in 1999 as technology correspondent, during the glory days of the European internet bubble.
She has conducted many high profile interviews, from Barack Obama in 2004, to in 2015 Marc Andreessen, Ray Kurzweil and the artist David Hockney. Prior to joining the Financial Times she worked as a writer for the New Statesman, and the Economist magazine, and as a political researcher for Gordon Brown MP. She won the Laurence Stern Fellowship in 1998 to the Washington Post, is a member of the prestigious Trilateral Commission, Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research, a board member of the Samuel Johnson non-fiction prize and has a FT/Pearson non-executive director diploma. She makes regular broadcast appearances on the BBC News, Sky News and radio.
Q & A
What made you want to be a journalist?
Curiosity and a wise decision not to stay in British politics.
Your greatest scoop?
Interviewing Barack Obama in June 2004, before he was the Democratic candidate for the Senate. But he was also the source of my biggest journalistic failure. I arrived in Chicago in 2002 and was invited to hang out with professors at the law faculty of the University of Chicago, and get to know the socially. Of course, I never did decide to get to know Obama in 2002, when he was a mere law professor.
Most bizarre part of your journalism career?
I was once sent an axe through the post during the dotcom bubble as a freebie.
Keynote interview, Peter Thiel, PayPal founder at the Dublin Web Summit, November 2014:
"Caroline moderated the penultimate session at the Web Summit in front of a live audience of almost 5,000 people. Her fireside chat with Peter Thiel, one of the first investors in Facebook and a member of the Paypal mafia was simply superb. It was interesting and insightful, serious and yet humorous. The perfect balance.
Caroline had a great ability to put her guests at ease, while asking probing and intelligent questions. Today's audiences are constantly distracted but she managed to maintain their focus for what was perhaps the most brilliant session of the event. We're very lucky to work with Caroline on a regular basis and I'm looking forward to having her back again next year."
Lisa Armstrong, Sapient Nitro:
"I worked with Caroline on the SapientNitro Cannes Lions interview with Sean Rad, President and Co-Founder of Tinder. Caroline had come highly recommended and it was clear why. She is instantly engaging and during our preparation meeting with Sean she was thorough in her investigations. Her professionalism and knowledge as a journalist really came through during the interview. This interview subsequently picked up global press coverage and we are pleased with the outcome. It goes without saying that it was an absolute pleasure to work with Caroline."
Keynote interview with Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Intelligence Squared, March 2015:
"Intelligence Squared invited Caroline Daniel to chair an event with Professor Muhammad Yunus, the pioneer of micro-finance and social business. She was generous with her time before the event, meeting us and fully prepping herself on Professor Yunus' story and the appropriate questions to ask him. In the event she drew Professor Yunus out with skill and intelligence, covered a range of interesting topics, and handled the Q&A from the audience with aplomb. At the end of the evening there was a standing ovation - which we have never had one before. We had great feedback after the event, and with many audience members saying how much they had enjoyed the evening."