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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

The previous episodes can be found in the World Radio Switzerland archive -

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:


ACI Europe

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
(28th January 2021)

Diversity & Inclusion is a much talked about issue in organisations these days. And not before time! It is an important matter that has been close to my heart over a professional life spanning more than 50 years. All the more reason for me to be so very pleased to be associated with Dow’s “Equally Unique” programme (for the second time), and to share this recent webinar recording with you. The varied content and experiences of the high-level contributors from Dow, Unilever, Mercer and Edge Strategy serve to reinforce what leading companies and institutions are doing around the world, and how much more there still is to do!


Royal Over-Seas League

Royal Over-Seas League - Professor Tim Benton, Jeff Ardron, and Dr Daniel Wilde
(28th August 2020)

Professor Tim Benton, Leader of the Energy, Environment and Resources programme at Chatham House; Jeff Ardron, Adviser on Ocean Governance at the Commonwealth Secretariat; and Dr Daniel Wilde, economic adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat, discuss with Michael McKay the varying threats of climate change on Commonwealth countries.


Royal Over-Seas League - A conversation with D-G Diana Owen OBE
(18th June 2020)

Michael McKay interviews outgoing Director-General Diana Owen OBE. Hear her reflections and thoughts about her time at ROSL, including the challenges she has faced, how ROSL has been dealing with the pandemic, as well as some of the happy memories that she will take with her.



A video conversation  between William L. Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration,  and  Michael McKay.

At the  Citizenship By Investment - International Residence Summit Europe  -  Geneva
(14th June 2016)


Zurich Salon

Zurich Salon debate on why Westerners are attracted to, and joining, terrorist groups. 
The speakers are Adam Deen of the Quilliam Foundation, Dr. Prem Mahadevan of the Center for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich, and Frank Furedi, author and former professor of sociology at the University of Kent. 
Our debate was chaired by Michael McKay, presenter of "The McKay Interview" on World Radio Switzerland.
The debate took place on 8th March 2016 at Zentrum Karl der Grosse in Zurich.

Why are so many Westerners joining terrorist groups?
(8th March 2016)


Swiss Style / Dukascopy TV

My collaboration with Swiss Style magazine and Dukascopy Bank TV started in 2013. The aim of the programme series reflects the seriousness and determination of both of my associates, namely to examine topical, business issues through in-depth interviews with the leaders of companies at the top of their field.


Private Aviation - With Rob Wells and Greg Thomas on private aviation
(6th November 2013)

Brand's Heritage - With Carole Hubscher and Alain Zimmermann
(22nd August 2013)

Swiss Affluent Retail Market - With Elisabeth Metzger and Thierry Outin
(2nd July 2013)


Banking Sector - With Monica Gibson on 'banking and tobacco'
(31st August 2012)


PAX PRESS AGENCY - Sierra Leone’s struggle against Ebola: an interview with Her Excellency Ms. Yvette Stevens, Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geneva.
(Geneva 27th October 2014)


Dr Daniel Warner, Former Deputy to the Director, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva