Strategic communications consultant, writer and coach
Based in Paris, France, I grew up in Hong Kong with a mother from Shanghai and a father from Sydney. This multicultural background, plus a career as a foreign correspondent, public relations expert and strategic science communicator in Asia, Europe and the U.S., has freed me from having a singular worldview, and powers my ability to connect dots in unexpected ways.
For the past decade, I’ve worked internationally on changing the way scientists connect with policymakers and the media, mostly around climate change and sustainability.
My first career was in the media, reporting on finance and markets across Asia, North America and Europe for Reuters and Agence France-Presse.
I have a Masters degree from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and I speak French, Mandarin and Cantonese.
What I do
I help people and organizations cut to the core of issues they face, frame responses in original and unexpected ways and communicate them strategically and memorably.
Drawing on a career in media, finance, science communications and non-profits, I have a unique approach that combines strategy, communications and foresight. I specialize in working with clients to co-create new perspectives that drive change.
Curious and passionate about the latest trends and practices of the digital transformation, I bring a digital-first mindset to all projects.
I work fast.
I listen well.
And I get results.
Staged a standing-room only press conference for top climate scientists in the final hours of negotiations at the COP21 Paris climate talks (2015) which provided objective analysis of the new 1.5C temperature target. This allowed scientists to have an impact at a critical political moment.
Created and produced a unique pop-up media vertical for the COP21 called “Road to Paris – Science for Smart Policy”. Popular with specialist media and civil society, it busted the silos across politics, science and economics of climate change with explainers of heavy subjects.
In 2016, co-founded the Future Earth Media Lab as a platform open to scientists, technologists and creatives seeking to change the way we communicate climate change by leveraging immersive technologies and storytelling.
What we’ll do
If you are a large or medium-sized organization, I can help you to:
Push your thinking on strategy and communications
Up your game on sustainability and climate to help your organization stand out as a leader in the economic transition
Help you forge a cutting edge strategy that draws on the latest academic debates in climate and sustainability
If you are a small business, entrepreneur or foundation, let’s work together to:
Help you become a category leader in grantmaking and communications by strategic positioning informed by the latest science
Craft winning narratives for your public talks, pitches and slide decks
Develop an impactful book proposal that will position you as a thought leader in your field and help you get more speaking engagements
What people are saying
“Denise worked with me to prepare a public talk I gave at a tech conference. She guided me through the steps to find a clear narrative and structure for my ideas, and gave moral support as well. A real professional who stays calm and focused throughout!”
CEO of Futur Present Innovation Studio, social entrepreneur
Head of UK Earth System Modelling (NERC/UK Met Office Hadley Centre), PI EU Horizon 2020 CRESCENDO project
Senior Advisor at France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and Secretary-General of Our Common Future Climate Change conference
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