Moderators With A Mission
A great moderator can transform an event. Creating just the right ambience, while keeping the audience engaged is more than a skill; it's an art. However, in the hands of an amateur, a potential disaster is a mere intervention away, just ask Moderate The Panel co-founder Femi Oke. She’s handled events with royalty, presidents, prime ministers, celebrity actors, superstar athletes, famous artists, global activists and even an enthusiastic Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger bounding onto the stage while she was moderating at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.
In the 30 years Femi has been hosting events she’s seen it all. There was the moderator at an international conference who was so awful that the audience started yelling out “wrap him up!” They were shouting advice to the moderator who was unable to stop a particularly loquacious speaker from taking over the session. Of course the more the audience heckled, the more flustered the moderator became.
Then there was the well-known journalist who generously agreed to offer his services pro-bono to the United Nations. While on stage with his panel, he took out his lunch and proceeded to eat it. He obviously decided that as he wasn't getting paid to moderate, the U.N. wouldn't mind him eating a few sandwiches while talking to the panelists. Yes, this really happened!
After years of witnessing moderating mishaps, Femi teamed up with a diverse group of international journalists and expert communicators, so you never have to worry again about the success of your event.
Our simple mission at Moderate The Panel is to take the pain out of planning panel events in typical conference spaces or online. Wherever you are in the world, we’re here for you. Give us a call.
Since the 1980s Femi has reported, produced and presented for the BBC, Channel 5, Channel 4, ITV, Sky Television, CNN International, National Geographic, and NPR. Her prevalence on local, national and international TV has led to a second career as a moderator and facilitator at global forums and conferences.
"Moderating a panel is deceptively hard, but Femi Oke makes it look easy. Her moderation skills are world-class and she will work with the conference organizers and the speakers themselves to ensure the event is a success. Last but not least, she also brings joy, wit and fun to your event." Marc de Fleurieu, "European Development Days", Europe's premier forum on global poverty
Femi has traveled the world hosting high-profile events, leading global conversations and teaching moderating workshops. She can be found facilitating regularly for the likes of the United Nations, the World Bank and European Commission. Some of her most warmly received appearances include hosting the NBA Africa All Stars event in New Orleans, being Mistress of Ceremonies for Peter Gabriel at the Witness 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala, and launching the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Leslie Shampaine Co-founder
Femi Oke Co-founder
Leslie brings dazzle to the Moderate The Panel team. She has run television and film projects for major networks including PBS, CBS, Discovery Channel, TLC and National Geographic. Her expertise across diverse multi-media platforms has allowed her to take concepts and deliver award-winning programs. With two decades of worldwide production experience, there’s no aspect of your event Leslie can’t handle.