Speaking Experience CV

Annie Machon worked as an intel­li­gence officer for the UK domestic Secur­ity Ser­vice, MI5, in the 1990s.

Dur­ing that time she was respons­ible for invest­ig­at­ing polit­ical and ter­ror­ist tar­gets, before resign­ing to help her former part­ner and col­league, David Shayler, blow the whistle on the crimes, incom­pet­ence and lack of account­ab­il­ity of the spies.  The story made head­lines around the world at the time.  They had to go on the run around Europe and live in exile in France for 3 years.

Draw­ing on her var­ied exper­i­ences, she is now a writer, media pun­dit, polit­ical cam­paigner, and PR con­sult­ant. She has a rare per­spect­ive both on the inner work­ings of gov­ern­ments, intel­li­gence agen­cies and the media, as well as a new-found love for all things geek and the need to pro­tect digital freedoms.

As a res­ult, she has a unique per­spect­ive on the wider implic­a­tions for the need for increased open­ness, account­ab­il­ity and justice in both pub­lic and private sectors.

She is also the Dir­ector of LEAP Europe, a global group of serving and former police officers, law­yers, judges, intel­li­gence officers, prison gov­ernors, cus­toms officers and former drug czars. LEAP speak­ers have worked on the front line of the failed “war on drugs” policy, recog­nise this abject fail­ure, and as a res­ult cam­paign for the end to prohibition.

She is a recog­nised inter­na­tional pub­lic speaker and has delivered key­note speeches to con­fer­ences and uni­ver­sit­ies around the world on a vari­ety of issues:

  • secur­ity and intelligence
  • the war on drugs
  • the war on terror
  • the war on inter­net freedoms
  • the war on whistleblowers
  • intel­li­gence agen­cies and the media
  • secrecy legis­la­tion
  • civil liber­ties
  • total­it­ari­an­ism and police states
  • account­ab­il­ity in gov­ern­ment and business
  • eth­ics and citizenship
  • On the Run” — the per­sonal story

She can also provide rel­at­ively pain-free and fun train­ing in pub­lic speak­ing and media skills.

Con­tact: annie@anniemachon.ch

Sample Ven­ues:

As well as hav­ing done thou­sands of media inter­views in the UK and inter­na­tion­ally, over the last 17 years her speak­ing exper­i­ence includes:

  • Play­ful con­fer­ence, Lon­don, Octo­ber 2014. Asso­ci­ated Guard­ian art­icle.
  • BM For­eign Affairs, Septem­ber 2014
  • Stop Watch­ing Us, Ber­lin, August 2014
  • CAAB — Inde­pend­ence Day at Men­with Hill, UK,July 2014
  • Panel dis­cus­sion at Hack in Paris con­fer­ence, June 2014
  • Open­ing key­note, Int’l Whis­tleblowers Con­fer­ence, Ams­ter­dam, June 2014
  • Drug leg­al­isa­tion talk with Dr Freek Polak, Ams­ter­dam, June 2014
  • Magical Secrecy Tour, Ber­lin, June 2014
  • Pre-Euro elec­tion anti-surveillance debate, Vienna, May 2014
  • Open­ing key­note at pre-election drug debate, Ant­werp, May 2014
  • European Harm Reduc­tion Con­fer­ence, Basel, May 2014
  • Stop Watch Us, Ber­lin, May 2014
  • Inter­na­tional Journ­al­ism Fest­ival, Per­u­gia, May 2014
  • European Media Art Fest­ival open­ing keynote,Osnabrueck, April 2014
  • Vet­er­ans for Peace AGM, Lon­don, April 2014
  • THNK School of Cre­at­ive Lead­er­ship, Ams­ter­dam, March 2014
  • Delft Uni­ver­sity talk on sur­veil­lance, March 2014
  • Oxford Union debate — “Is Edward Snowden a hero?”, Feb­ru­ary 2014
  • Chelsea Man­ning Sam Adams Award cere­mony, Oxford, Feb­ru­ary 2014
  • The Whist­ler launch, Lon­don, Feb­ru­ary 2014
  • LSE pri­vacy debate “What do you have to hide?”, Lon­don, Feb­ru­ary 2014
  • Trans­me­diale Art & Tech con­fer­ence, Ber­lin, Feb­ru­ary 2014
  • On the Run” with Saint Gobain Glass Con­fer­ence, Janu­ary 2014
  • CCC The Four Wars (main stage), Ham­burg, Decem­ber 2013
  • MGI UK & Ire­land Annual Part­ners Con­fer­ence, Lon­don, Novem­ber 2013
  • Int’l Con­fer­ence on Drug Policy and Poli­cing, Frank­furt, Novem­ber 2013
  • Cryptofest­ival panel dis­cus­sion, Lon­don, Octo­ber 2013
  • Akzept drug policy con­fer­ence, Biele­feld, Ger­many, Octo­ber 2013
  • EU Par­lia­ment LIBE whis­tleblower hear­ings, Brus­sels, Septem­ber 2013
  • Whis­tleblower talk at the Centre for Media Stud­ies, Riga, Septem­ber 2013
  • LEAP talk at Organ­ised Crime Sym­posium, Cam­bridge, Septem­ber 2013
  • Inter­na­tional Day of Pri­vacy talk, Ber­lin, August 2013
  • The Four Wars talk at OHM 2013, the Neth­er­lands, August 2013
  • The Great Spook Panel at OHM 2013, the Neth­er­lands, August 2013
  • LEAP talk at OHM 2013, the Neth­er­lands, August 2013
  • Erosion of Demo­cracy talk, Isle of Man, July 2013
  • LEAP talk, East Drug Con­fer­ence, Kiev, June 2013
  • Die Deutsch-Britische Gesell­schaft, Essen & Muen­ster, June 2013
  • NORML Con­fer­ence, Bris­tol, UK, May 2013
  • LEAP talk in Athens at drug harm reduc­tion con­fer­ence, May 2013
  • LEAP talk, Cham­ber of Depu­ties, Italian Par­lia­ment, Rome May 2013
  • The Club of Ams­ter­dam — the future for social media, April 2013
  • Make Wars His­tory, UK Par­lia­ment, April 2013
  • Die Deutsch-Britische Gesell­schaft, Heidel­berg, March 2012

  • Snar­rotin (Icelandic Civil Liber­ties Union), Feb­ru­ary 2013
  • Theo­logy Fac­ulty, Uni­ver­sity of Ice­land, Feb­ru­ary 2013
  • Social Sci­ences Fac­ulty, Uni­ver­sity of Ice­land, Feb­ru­ary 2013
  • Reyk­javik Crypto-party, Feb­ru­ary 2013
  • Icelandic Centre for Invest­ig­at­ive Journ­al­ism (ICIJ), Feb­ru­ary 2013
  • Oxford Union Soci­ety, Sam Adams Award, Janu­ary 2013
  • Panel dis­cus­sion after film screen­ing, Lon­don, Decem­ber 2012
  • Drug policy con­fer­ence, Par­lia­ment of the Czech Repub­lic, Novem­ber 2012
  • Journ­al­ism sym­posium, National Uni­ver­sity of Ire­land, Novem­ber 2012
  • Can­nafest Expo, Prague, Novem­ber 2012
  • Inter­na­tional Rela­tions Soci­ety, Oxford Uni­ver­sity, Octo­ber 2012
  • LEAP talk — Sym­posium on Eco­nomic Crime, Cam­bridge, Septem­ber 2012
  • Die Deutsch-Britische Gesell­schaft, Duessel­dorf, August 2012 & Frank­furt, Novem­ber 2012

  • Occul­ture, Brighton, July 2012
  • La con­fer­ence regionale du journ­al­isme d’enquete, Geneva, April 2012
  • Stu­dents for Sens­ible Drug Policy (SSDP) con­fer­ence, Lon­don, April 2012
  • Tutki! invest­ig­at­ive journ­al­ism con­fer­ence, Fin­land, March 2012
  • SKUP invest­ig­at­ive journ­al­ism con­fer­ence, Nor­way, March 2012
  • Grav invest­ig­at­ive journ­al­ism con­fer­ence, Sweden, March 2012
  • Using Our Intel­li­gence”, Aiglon Col­lege, Switzer­land, Janu­ary 2012
  • Key­note at SAS​.com con­fer­ence, Scot­land, Janu­ary 2012
  • Key­note at The Big Dig journ­al­ism con­fer­ence, Copen­ha­gen, Novem­ber 2011
  • Guest lec­ture, Maastricht Uni­ver­sity, NL, Novem­ber 2011
  • Sen­ator Mike Gravel “Dir­ect Demo­cracy” European tour, Novem­ber 2011
  • Medi­aFab­ric con­fer­ence, Prague, 2011
  • Key­note at Global Invest­ig­at­ive Journ­al­ism Con­fer­ence, Kiev, Octo­ber 2011
  • Centre for Invest­ig­at­ive Journ­al­ism sum­mer school (key­note), Lon­don, July 2011
  • How the Light gets In” fest­ival, Hay-on-Wye, May 2011
  • Front­line Club whis­tleblower debate with Julian Assange, Lon­don, April 2011
  • Brit­ish Womens’ Club, Duessel­dorf, March 2011
  • Durham Uni­ver­sity Union Soci­ety, Feb­ru­ary 2011
  • Brit­ish Businessmen’s Club, Duessel­dorf, Feb­ru­ary 2011
  • Cam­bridge Union Soci­ety (CUS), Janu­ary 2011
  • “Boil­ing Frogs” — post-play talk about civil liber­ties, Lon­don, Octo­ber 2010
  • Eth­ics and Cit­izen­ship”, Bish­ops Stort­ford School, UK, Octo­ber 2008–2010
  • Bits of Free­dom, digital civil liber­ties cam­paign, Ams­ter­dam, Septem­ber 2010
  • INN New York Sym­posium “How the world changed after 9/11″, Septem­ber 2010
  • CCC Sigint tech­no­logy con­fer­ence, Cologne, May 2010
  • Under­stand­ing Deep Polit­ics con­fer­ence, Cali­for­nia May 2010
  • ETH-0 tech­no­logy con­fer­ences, NL Janu­ary 2009 and 2010
  • Vers la Ver­ite con­fer­ence, Paris, Septem­ber 2009
  • WikiLeaks Dis­cus­sion Panel, HAR, the Neth­er­lands, August 2009
  • National speak­ing tour across Canada, May-June 2009
  • The Cam­paign to Make Wars His­tory UK Tours, 2008–2009
  • Speak­ing tour, Cali­for­nia, Septem­ber 2008
  • IT Defense Con­fer­ence, Ham­burg, Janu­ary 2008
  • CCC inter­na­tional hack­ers’ con­fer­ence, Ber­lin, Decem­ber 2007
  • Intro­du­cing US Con­gress­wo­man Cyn­thia McKin­ney, European Tour, 2007
  • Inter­na­tional Islamic Fair, Malay­sia, July 2007
  • Wil­liam Rodrig­uez “Last Man Out” European speak­ing tours, 2006–2007
  • Oxford Union Soci­ety, 2006
  • UK Fest­ivals: Big Green Gath­er­ing 2006, East­ern Haze 2007, Hack­ing at Ran­dom, NL 2009, Secret Garden Party 2008 and 2010
  • Hud­der­sfield Uni­ver­sity Intel­li­gence Stud­ies course, 2006
  • Cardiff Uni­ver­sity Journ­al­ism course, 2006
  • “An Even­ing with…” at UK theatres, Clive Con­way Celebrity Pro­duc­tions, 2005
  • Café Diplo — La Monde Dip­lo­matique, 2005
  • Shef­field Uni­ver­sity invest­ig­at­ive journ­al­ism course, 2003
  • MPs in both the Houses of Par­lia­ment and the Scot­tish Parliament
  • UK polit­ical party con­fer­ences & a bit part here with Mark Thomas, 1998
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Schools
  • National Union of Journ­al­ism national UK conferences
  • For­eign press corps
  • Polit­ical rallies
  • Anti-war ral­lies
  • Trades Union branch meetings