Adrian McIntyre, PhD

Keynote Speaker and Communication Adviser in Phoenix, Arizona

Adrian McIntyre, PhD

Keynote Speaker and Communication Adviser in Phoenix, Arizona

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Dr. Adrian McIntyre is a cultural anthropologist, media personality, keynote speaker, and storytelling consultant.

He has lived and worked in over 30 countries, delivered more than 1,500 stage presentations, and written two speeches that were presented to members of the United Nations Security Council.

Adrian has been working at the intersection of sound and story since he was a kid.

His broadcasting career began in 1978, at the age of five, as a co-host of "The Happy Day Express," the longest-running children's radio program in California history.

He spent much of his 20s and 30s in the Middle East and Africa as a researcher, journalist, communication adviser, media spokesperson, and aid worker for two of the largest humanitarian relief agencies in the world.

He reported for Newsweek during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, then traveled to Baghdad as a member of the crisis response teams for Mercy Corps and Oxfam.

When extreme violence forced aid agencies to withdraw from Iraq, Adrian moved to Sudan to work as a media officer for Oxfam. For 14 months he was Oxfam’s field-based spokesperson on the crisis in Darfur, helping to make that conflict the biggest news story of 2004.

His hundreds of media appearances reached millions of people via major news outlets such as the BBC, CNN, NPR, Fox News, and the New York Times, as well as regional newspapers and radio stations throughout North America and Europe.

Dr. McIntyre earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Fulbright scholar and National Science Foundation fellow.

His international experience, rigorous academic training, and deep industry expertise make him a sought-after speaker, trainer, and adviser.

Today he delivers engaging keynote speeches and workshops on creating a “culture of story” at work. He trains leaders and teams to communicate more effectively and connect on a deeper level by asking better questions and telling better stories.

Adrian has been active in podcasting since 2016. His communication advisory firm, Speed of Story, specializes in podcast strategy, personal storytelling, media training and thought leadership for the principals, partners, and marketing/business development leaders of professional firms.

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  • Work
    • Speed of Story
  • Education
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • University of Texas at Austin