Frank Gardner OBE

BBC's Security Correspondent & Author

Frank spent nine years as an investment banker in New York, London and Bahrain before switching to journalism and joining the BBC in 1995. Frank has reported extensively on the global ˜War on Terror' in Guantanamo Bay, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.  In 2004 Frank survived being shot six times at close range by Al-Qaeda terrorists in a Riyadh suburb in Saudia Arabia. He went on to write the best selling book Blood and Sand (Bantam, 2006), the poignant story of what can happen to your belief system when the culture you have embraced ends up trying to kill you. He was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to journalism. In 2018 he was awarded the University of Southern California's Tommy Trojan Trophy for distinguished speaking.

As a career broadcaster and a witty and gifted communicator, Frank shares his passion for the Middle East, travel and adventure. He draws on a unique perspective and understanding of both domestic and international security. Frank's own personal story of survival combined with his extensive knowledge of Middle Eastern history and politics make for a compelling event.


Adventure, Adversity, International Affairs, Politics & Current Affairs, Fear & Risk, Security

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  • 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.

    Mrs Sarah Soar
    Director, Brewin Dolphin Securities Limited

  • We were honestly delighted. At the risk of sounding too gushing, it was one of the best presentations I have heard. 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.

    Francesca Corsini
    Threadneedle Asset Management

  • Frank was the perfect chairman for their event and his knowledge of security and terrorism was impressive. I really enjoyed listening to him speak... and his presence made the event.

    Reed & Mackay

  • Frank provided a fascinating and unique insight into some of the geo-political and security challenges that we face. As expected, Frank was inundated with questions from our guests and we received many thank you letters saying how much everyone had enjoyed the evening. I would most strongly recommend Frank as a speaker for similar events to ours.

    Julian Enoizi
    CEO Pool Reinsurance Company Ltd

  • Frank was a great public speaker: open, humorous and honest and his extensive knowledge and sympathy with the many countries and peoples of the region shone through all that he said.

    Joanne Sagers
    Dauntsey's School

  • An enormous thank you for giving us such a wonderful talk. It was inspiring on so many levels and we also valued the fresh insight on different issues, cultures and attitudes. Thank you also for answering the many questions so thoughtfully and openly. We've been inundated with positive feedback from those who attended.

    Professional Services Network