Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker - Jeremy Bowen

Middle East Editor

Jeremy Bowen is the BBC’s long-serving and widely-respected Middle East Editor. He provides reportage, commentary and analysis on events in the region.

Previously a special correspondent for BBC News, Jeremy reported on the death of Pope John Paul II from Rome, and covered the devastation caused by the tsunami in Sri Lanka. Prior to that he took a break from conflicts and disasters and, with Sophie Raworth, was the face of BBC Breakfast at its launch.

As a seasoned war and foreign correspondent, Jeremy has reported from more than 70 countries, covering conflicts in the Gulf, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya and Rwanda for almost 30 years. He’s been shot at by tanks, robbed at gunpoint by bandits, and been at the scene of explosions, natural disasters and peace conferences. Alongside news reporting, Jeremy presented the award-winning series Son of God and the follow-up, Moses looking at the historical aspects of Biblical events. He also presented a special programme examining the aftermath of the Turkish earthquake and an analysis of what makes war reporters tick. He’s also been in the host’s chair on Have I Got News for You. As well as an analysis of the Middle East and the likely outcomes for the region, Jeremy also speaks about the motivation behind going to some of the world’s most dangerous places to cover unpredictable events. He also addresses areas such as how journalism and the media have changed how conflicts are covered, as well as the lighter side of broadcasting at home and abroad such as how he dodged bullets in Bosnia by falling asleep in a blackberry bush.

Frequently close to some of the most dramatic events in world news as they happen, Jeremy was the first British journalist to interview Muammar Gaddafi after the start of the Libyan civil war. He has received several awards, including the New York Television Festival’s Best News Correspondent and Best Breaking News Report for his coverage of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. He has interviewed civilian and military leaders from all over the Middle East and is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the region.