I am a freelance journalist, campaigner and strategic communications consultant.
I came to London from Italy in 1996 for an MSc at the London School of Economics. I then worked as a journalist for various business publishers including Euromoney, Petroleum Argus and Dow Jones Newswires, writing some of the earliest articles on the energy market implications of climate change for The Wall Street Journal – at the time this wasn’t a frequently covered story in the business press.
In 2001, I covered my first UN COP climate conference, but paradoxically spent most of my time at the event chasing OPEC ministers for quotes on oil production quotas. This appeared to divert attention from longer term issues around the future of our planet to what the short term demands from “the markets” were – but as a business journalist, I and my editors had no choice but comply, at that point in time.
This led me to try to do something different. I continued to write articles on a freelance basis, but I moved to work full time for NGOs and think-tanks active on the climate crisis. I managed a wide range of projects aimed at informing or influencing policies on the environment: from being the first-ever NGO campaigner on improving the energy efficiency of products sold in the EU, to devising a comprehensive research project which informed the Stern Review and the UK Climate Change Act; from writing media briefings about the business implications of the Paris Agreement in 2015, to interviewing former ministers and EU Commissioners for a report on the energy transition.
Thanks to this very comprehensive, multi-disciplinary experience, I now help clients in the non profit sector in a wide range of ways: whether by managing and writing clear, concise briefings for the policy or PR team, or devising a launch strategy for a project; whether writing a funding proposal or taking part in strategic reviews.
I continue writing articles when I can, but my main journalistic effort has shifted to directing and producing short documentaries. I am therefore happy to be able to offer short video making – including simple animations – as an additional service to my clients.
For more information and my daily rates, please contact me at mail [AT] germanacanzi.eu