Writer, Producer, Consultant
Michael Soussan is a critically acclaimed book author and produced screenwriter with a background in journalism, international affairs & crisis diplomacy.
He worked for CNN, the United Nations, and K Street in Washington, DC. As a reporter he took assignments Iraq, Afghanistan and the Congo.
Soussan has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The New Republic, The Independent, Prospect magazine, and has contributed live interviews to CNN, NPR, the BBC, Skynews & MSNBC's Morning Joe among others... (see articles here)
Michael Soussan's public speaking engagements include the Harvard Club of New York, John Hopkin's University, the London School of Economics, the Morgan Stanley Torch Talks, Google Talks, AOL Build, Transparency International, and a Conference of the United States Central Command, which focused on using story techniques to counter extremist narratives.
Soussan testified before Congress as part of an effort that succeeded in sparking the largest global anti-corruption investigation in history.
Soussan's mémoir, which recounts how he came across complex corruption spying operations, which sabotaged the UN's humanitarian mission received wide critical acclaim & was made into a film starring Ben Kingsley and Theo James (released by A24, and now streaming on HBO MAX).
Michael Soussan, Los Angeles, 2020
Soussan was also the subject of several documentaries including one by Oscar winning Director Denis Poncet. His content development company, Off the Page Entertainment, also produced PARADISE HIGHWAY "in association with" SILVER REEL. The film starred Julliette Binoche and Morgan Freeman. It was directed by his partner, Anna Gutto and released by Lionsgate in 2022.
Michael is dual citizen of Denmark and the United States. He earned a BA from Brown University, where he co-founded and edited The Brown Journal of World Affairs and a Masters from Sciences-Po in Paris. He studied filmmaking at NYU and subsequently also taught popular writing seminars at New York University's Center for Global Affairs. His work as a communication and creative professional is illustrated below
Michael has contributed live and written content to a wide range of media platforms
“Soussan landed the job of his dreams, working for the United Nations on the biggest aid program it had ever attempted. However, anyone familiar with the tales of Soussan's fellow countryman Hans Christian Andersen will expect dark truths to emerge from the most innocent exteriors […] this book will come as a revelation.” The Sunday Times.
"Book of the year"
"Book of the Week"
"A great book and a fun read!”
Fareed Zakaria, CNN
Michael Soussan in Iraq
Theo James, on Film set
Contributions by Michael Soussan
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- Public speaking engagements
- Crisis Communication Consulting
- Speechwriting, Ghostwriting
- Public Image Management
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FILM & TV
At a time when traditional news is struggling, storytelling for screens has become the most effective trigger of public engagement
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Seven Screenplays sold, 9 in active development
Story speaks directly
to the human operating system
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A Fast, Discrete Service for Corporate and Public Leaders
The best public image any organization can hope for begins with
honesty. Shaping honest narratives can empower organizations,
and help them manage their public image in times of crisis. In the battle of ideas, the best crafted stories always prevail. Michael Soussan only consults with organisations committed to democratic values.
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With Sir Richard Dearlove
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