Conny Czymoch hosts “Phoenix – The day”, the flag-ship news and current affairs program at Phoenix.
She has interviewed and moderated at conferences with international leaders ranging from former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to NASA Boss Michael Griffin to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In autumn 2009, she was the first European journalist to moderate at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York - a session on “Leadership and Solutions to End Human Trafficking and Forced Labor”. In January 2010, she facilitated an International Conference on “Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights” with the UN Special Representative on human rights and transnational corporations, John Ruggie. In May 2010, she hosted the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (on Climate Change).
After studying economics and international relations at Reading University, UK, Conny Czymoch returned to Cologne to undergo her journalistic training. In 1982, she worked for a year in Hong Kong for RTHK, before becoming a freelance radio author and reporter in Cologne for Deutschlandfunk, WDR, Deutsche Welle – (for which she reported from Kenia for 3 months in 1987) and DW TV, hosting a current affairs programme both in German and English until Phoenix was founded in 1997.
Switching media – from newspaper to radio to TV (Sat1, CNN, Phoenix) – and adding the conference stage, Conny has for the past 20 years been a moderator/facilitator with competence and a winning smile. At national and international events she has specialized in “translating”: between politicians and “normal” people, between young and old, between top management and the shop floor.
Two extensive areas of interest have been the main focus of her work:
- the first: focusing on issues of global economic cooperation and social integration, ranging from the reduction of HIV Aids or hunger, to international migration and the labor markets, corporate (social) responsibility to human rights and anti-human trafficking issues.
- secondly: creating an understanding for technological advances and future developments like astronautics, micro- and nanosystems technologies, ICT, the automotive world or energy climate change.
Amongst her regular customers are the federal Ministry for Research and Education, BMBF, the Ministry fo Economic Cooperation, BMZ, and the Ministry for Economics, BMWi, as well as diverse EU Directorates. On numerous occasions, she has worked for development agencies like GTZ, or InWent.