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 his best-selling memoir Blood and Sand (Bantam, 2006). Far Horizons was published in 2009, a much praised account of his life as an inveterate traveller and explorer. His first novel, Crisis was a No.1 bestseller. Awarded an OBE for services to journalism, Frank has also written for the Economist, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Time Out and has been published in The Best of Sunday Times Travel Writing. 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.Themes
Adventure, Adversity, International Affairs, Politics & Current Affairs, Fear & Risk, Security