“Oliver Balch is a perfect host. He can do invisible facilitator or toe-to-toe interrogator. He’s always prepped and makes the guests shine. Hay chair MVP.”

Peter Florence, Director and Co-founder, Hay Festival

I chair events for festivals and conferences, and moderate roundtable discussions and panel events in locations around the world. Please contact me directly to inquire about availability:


Some recent events:

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT PUTIN: Mark Galeotti, Peter Pomeranstev, Andrew Monaghan and Gabriel Gatehouse. Chaired by Oliver Balch (Cheltenham Literary Festival, 2019) 



Oliver Balch chairing a roundtable debate on Renewable Heating for a Low-Carbon Future for The Guardian