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Andrew Staples

Andrew Staples

Andrew Staples is a journalist and gamer who currently serves as chief business reporter and

Christopher Bradley

Christopher Bradley

Christopher Bradley lives in Dubai with his wife and three daughters. A native of the UK, he

David Macadam

David Macadam

With a career spanning 35 years in the retail industry, David Macadam brings an unrivalled

Deepika Shetty

Deepika Shetty

Deepika Shetty has made a name for assimilating her varied life experiences into her writing

Eithne Treanor

Eithne Treanor

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is a London-based editor and critic. She served as a judge for the Man

Fiona Lindsay

Fiona Lindsay

Fiona Lindsay has over 25 years of professional experience in the arts and entertainment

Francis Matthew

Francis Matthew

Francis Matthew is the Editor-at-Large of Gulf News, where he writes on UAE and GCC social and

Gamze Geray

Gamze Geray

Gamze Hakli Geray is a Psychotherapist and Counsellor with nearly 23 years of business,

Georgina Godwin

Georgina Godwin

Georgina Godwin is an independent broadcast journalist. A regular chair of literary events, she

Guy Guillemard

Guy Guillemard

Guy Guillemard has moderated panels and authors at various literary events, including the

Haider Khan

Haider Khan

Haider Khan, a self-professed Bio Hacker, marathoner and proponent of Healthy Lifestyles, is

Jo Wroe

Jo Wroe

Jo Browning Wroe writes for educational publishers in the UK and the US and has received awards

Joan Scott-Minter

Joan Scott-Minter

‘Having been involved since the very first year of the Festival, Joan Scott-Minter

Julia Wheeler

Julia Wheeler

Julia Wheeler is an experienced journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than

Kevin Hasler

Kevin Hasler

Kevin Hasler is back for his second consecutive year as a Festival moderator. As the Managing

Lea Sellers

Lea Sellers

Lea Sellers is a media trainer and communications consultant. She has run workshops at the

Lori Dorman

Lori Dorman

Lori Dorman has been moderating and hosting at the Festival for three years. The authors she

Mark Lemmon

Mark Lemmon

Mark Lemmon has lived in Dubai for nine years running a successful infrastructure fund

Michelle Loxton

Michelle Loxton

Michelle Loxton is a broadcast journalist based in Dubai. She has nearly 8 years’ experience

Naouel Chaoui

Naouel Chaoui

Naouel Chaoui began her career in her native Algeria, as a University academic and

Paul Blezard

Paul Blezard

Considered one of the pre-eminent and talented author interviewers and panel moderators at

Peter Dale

Peter Dale

Peter spent 42 years teaching Mathematics, 25 of them in Dubai College, so crowd control is his

Peter Hellyer

Peter Hellyer

Peter Hellyer, an Adviser at the UAE’s National Media Council, is author and editor of

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton is an award-winning children’s author, so she spends her days either

Rehan Khan

Rehan Khan

Rehan Khan is the author of the fantasy series, The Tasburai Chronicles (Last of the Tasburai

Riz Khan

Riz Khan

Riz Khan is an international journalist, author, and public speaker recognized across the globe

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell hails from the UK and has lived and worked in Dubai since 1992. Further back

Rosie Goldsmith

Rosie Goldsmith

Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist specializing in arts and current affairs, in the

Shen Husain

Shen Husain

Shen Husain is a psychologist by training with degrees from Cornell and the LSE, an

Steven Gale

Steven Gale

Steven Gale is a festival moderator and curator based in London. He has worked at theatres in

Sultan Al Qassemi

Sultan Al Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a United Arab Emirates-based columnist whose articles have appeared

Tim Willcox

Tim Willcox

Tim Willcox is currently one of the most widely watched presenters on BBC News. Anchoring in

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