Eric’s story

Called “inspiring”, “insightful”, “eminently practical” and “the best consultant we have ever worked with” Eric May has helped thousands of people around the world build audience share, express ideas more effectively, raise awareness of their initiatives and tell their stories better.

Eric’s own story is a remarkable one. After 20 years as a television executive and producer in San Francisco, Nashville and Portland, a stint on the island of Guam, winner of the Emmy Award and a six-time Emmy nominee, in 1999 Eric moved to a village in the Black Forest of Germany, and started a consultancy.

His first clients were television stations throughout the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and as demand for his consulting skills grew, Eric’s practice has taken him to nearly every country in Europe, throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, 40 countries in all, serving clients in television, science and international development.

Besides his consulting work, Eric has written and produced many documentary films for the United Nations on themes such as child labour, forced labour and migration which have been seen on CNN, the BBC and at United Nations conferences.

Born in Portland, Oregon, a graduate of Beloit College, fluent in German and learning French, Eric was also an instructor for a number of years at the University of Freiburg in Germany and at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Eric and his sweetheart Suzanne divide their time between Switzerland and the south of France.