Emma Vandore has fifteen years of political and economic journalism experience and now specialises in urban policy and communications.
As a journalist, she spent six years in Brussels covering the formation of the euro and the beginnings of its unravelling for Bloomberg. She went onto Paris as Bloomberg's chief political reporter, covering French President Jacques Chirac (accompanying him on press trips around the globe) and the campaign of Socialist Segolene Royal. Her book Schizophrenie Francaise, a humorous take on French politics, was published in 2007 (Jean Claude Gawsewitch Editeur). Until 2010, she was head of the economic service for The Associated Press in France, covering a range of industries from aerospace to automobile, retail and luxury goods.
In policy and communications roles, she has advised several African governmental organisations and companies including the Dangote Group, the largest industrial conglomerate in West Africa, and Cameroon President Paul Biya on Africa's contribution to the Green Economy for Rio +20. She has worked on media plans for several Russian organisations, including the Northern Caucasus Resorts company, when they presented a $15 billion ski tourism project at the MIPIM 2010 trade show in Cannes. She produces a quarterly magazine for Invest in France highlighting French business opportunities, and has run journalist workshops for the European Commission.
She is an accomplished writer, with a strong track record of turning complex information into clear policy messages . With think tank Centre for London, she co-authored A Tale of Tech City, and worked on the report's highly successful launch. She is also working on a report for Demos on families, parenting and harmful drinking, and a novel which is being represented by New-York based agents Dystel & Goderich.
She has an RTPI-accredited masters in urban planning from UCL, a postgraduate diploma in journalism studies from the Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies in Glasgow, and a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester. She speaks French, Italian and English.