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Frank Gardner OBE

Frank Gardner OBE

Broadcaster and Author

Frank Gardner OBE is an author and broadcaster, known for reporting for TV and radio on issues of both domestic and international security, notably on Al Qaeda related terrorism.

Frank’s fascination with the Middle East began as a teenager when he had a chance meeting with Wilfrid Thesiger (who extensively travelled and photographed the Middle East). A fluent Arabist with a degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from Exeter University, Frank spent nine years as an investment banker in New York, London and Bahrain before switching to journalism. He has reported extensively on the so-called ‘War on Terror’ in Guantanamo Bay, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

In 2004 he survived being shot six times at close range by Al Qaeda terrorists in the Riyadh suburb, Saudi Arabia. He was left severely wounded and wheelchair dependant.

In May 2006 Frank’s first book, Blood and Sand, was published by Transworld, reaching number three in the Sunday Times Best-seller List. It is a remarkable snapshot of the Middle East over a number of years and the poignant story of what can happen to your belief system when the culture you have embraced ends up trying to kill you. He is currently working on his second book, Far Horizons. A look at the epically hard travelling he has done over the years in an extraordinary variety of countries and how his horizons have been altered, but not diminished, by his injuries – he has since been skiing, quad-biking and scuba diving.

He was awarded an OBE in June 2005 for services to journalism.

Frank is in high demand on the speaking circuit as an inspirational and motivational speaker. His own story of survival combined with his extensive knowledge of the Middle East mark him out as a Zeitgeist of our time.

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Middle East

Terrorism and Security

Current Affairs

We were honestly delighted. At the risk of sounding too gushing, it was one of the best presentations I have heard. I am fascinated by the topic so possibly a little biased but I thought the whole thing was well balanced and intellectually stimulating. Excellent. Frank was relaxed and straight forward in his delivery. He put everyone at their ease very quickly.

Threadneedle Asset Management

I cannot thank you enough for your inspired talk on Thursday evening.I have lost track of the number of people who said how brilliant you were and, as one person said "if Frank could bottle that positive attitude he could make a fortune". I couldn't agree more.

Brewin Dolphin Securities Ltd

I just wanted to extend my thanks to you again for your much valued contribution to our conference yesterday. I know from talking to delegates and colleagues that they were truly inspired, and entertained, by what you had to say, and I feel that you helped us end the conference on a really high note.

British Council


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Blood and Sand

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Far Horizons

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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £3k to £7k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom


Arabic, English

* This Speaker's fee falls within the ranges shown above. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact us.

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