Sue Phillips’ career spans more than 30 years of senior leadership in media and public affairs. She joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1978. After senior production roles in London, Moscow, Rome and Washington DC, she became CBC’s London Bureau Chief in 1997.
Following her time at CBC, Sue worked as Managing Director of News World International where she was responsible for International Broadcast conferences in London, Barcelona and Singapore attended by heads of news organizations from around the globe.
She also produced the first Eurasia Media Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The event celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2018.
Sue was appointed London Bureau Chief for Al Jazeera in 2004 where she was integral to the creation of the channel—including setting up the London Broadcast Centre in time for the launch in November 2006. She was promoted to Director of Foreign Bureaux in June 2008 and moved to the Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha where she managed 25 bureaux worldwide.
In 2010, Sue left Al Jazeera to support the launch of the Doha Film Institute in Doha. Serving as Director of Operations, she helped the fast growing organization develop programmes for Qatar’s film initiatives in production, education, events and screenings as well as the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2012, she was appointed as Director of Films & Exhibitions at the new National Museum of Qatar, designed by the acclaimed architect, Jean Nouvel. In this role, Sue was responsible for commissioning renowned international film directors to produce art films that serve as key installations throughout the National Museum and reflect the history of Qatar through the ages.
Throughout her career in international media and business, Phillips has remained active in social and philanthropic circles in the UK. She is a passionate supporter of endangered species, active conservationist and Patron of Borneo Nature Foundation. Sue is a founding Director of the Frontline Club in London—a vibrant venue where a diverse network of journalists, photographers, aid workers and diplomats discuss, debate and network.