Olaf Bruns is a senior television journalist, an expert on European Union policy, a media trainer, and a sought-after panel moderator.
Someone who thrives in open and international environments, Olaf Bruns deploys his vast array of skills and talents when presented with new challenges. His vast management experience, ability to think creatively, and attention to detail make him a skilled team player in any given situation.
While holding the position of Euronews Brussels Deputy Chief, Olaf Bruns played a key role in starting the organisation’s new offices. He successfully managed a team of 13 European Affairs correspondents from various countries during this period. Topics covered, amongst many others, included the refugee crisis, Brexit, the rise of EU skepticism, and far-right movements. He also continuously kept on doing high-profile interviews and covered breaking news and international developments.
His educational background in sociology/anthropology, saw him specialise in developmental studies with a particular focus on the relationship between politics and violence. He spent two years in the African countries of Guinea, Tanzania, and South Africa.
Olaf Bruns has been involved in several documentary film projects, is Deputy in Chief of the Progressive Post, a media trainer for Crown Media, and teaches journalism at the Brussels journalism school IHECS.
As a conference moderator, Olaf Bruns is fluent in five languages. He moderates conferences in English, French, German, Italian, and Dutch. Someone who moderates a wide variety of topics, he is especially interested in those pertaining to politics. He also has a working fluency in Spanish and resides in Belgium.
Although Olaf Bruns is a conference moderator who has led talks on a wide variety of topics, he specifically specialises in the economy, sustainability, AI, politics and culture.
“I want to thank Olaf for his proactive and extremely professional contribution in organising our recent event at the EU Parliament, where Confcommercio's work on Urban Regeneration was presented. Olaf has moderated the event, but his help was also precious in shaping it in a way that was full of content and attractive to the audience, which he guided and stimulated towards a deeply participatory debate. That's what I really value and consider about the excellent professional that he is!”
“Rigoureux, précis, respectueux et bienveillant lors de sa modération envers les intervenants et l'auditoire lors de la réunion de restitution du livre blanc de la FNH, le 10 avril 2019 au Comité Economique et Social à Bruxelles. Encore merci pour la qualité du travail restitué OLAFRigoureux, précis, respectueux et bienveillant lors de sa modération envers les intervenants et l'auditoire lors de la réunion de restitution du livre blanc de la FNH, le 10 avril 2019 au Comité Economique et Social à Bruxelles. Encore merci pour la qualité du travail restitué OLAF.”
“Olaf Bruns moderated a public event called MIX17 for us, our partner from EYU and FWD.us, the Foundation of Zuckerberg, Mayer and Gates... to talk about the link between Migration, Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He did a great job, opening the floor to three main speakers and interviewing eight young entrepreneurs, from different European countries, which were not all very relax immediately on stage. Thanks to his language skills, he jumped between 4 languages during this debate which was well appreciated. I can recommend Olaf for your future debate. He's a good moderator and an easy person to work with.”
“C’est une recommandation qui ne fait pas l’ombre d’une hésitation. Olaf sait gérer une équipe. Pendant plusieurs années il a su diriger et maintenir la dynamique d’un bureau de journalistes aux parcours professionnels et culturels très différents. Il sait trouver le bon équilibre pour pousser un groupe vers l’avant. Olaf a aussi prouvé qu’il était capable de maintenir la vitalité et la cohésion d’une équipe dans les moments d’intense actualité ou les périodes d’incertitude. En bon manager il sait prendre les décisions nécessaires au bon moment.”
“Olaf is an accurate and punctual journalist. Since we worked together for a long period, he l has been one of the most ascending skills earners. He has used his intercultural and transcultural skills to unveil the unseen elements in the story. Olaf is a multicultural storyteller.”