Acting Managing Director and Director of Programmes

Giles Trendle

Al Jazeera English

Giles Trendle is currently the acting managing director and director of programmes at Al-Jazeera English.

He first joined Al Jazeera in 2004 to work on the Al Jazeera Arabic's flagship investigative documentary series, Top Secret. The show was renowned for landing the first and only interviews with the masterminds behind the 9/11 attacks.

He moved to Al Jazeera English in 2006 where he commissioned and acquired films for the Witness documentary strand. He has also overseen the production of numerous documentary series and helped develop content-sharing between the network’s channels.

Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Giles was an independent documentary filmmaker and journalist specialising in the Middle East. He began his career in journalism in 1985, spending many years in Lebanon as a freelance journalist. He reported for The Economist and The Sunday Times, among others, covering the Lebanese civil war, the Western hostage saga, and the guerrilla war in south Lebanon.

He later moved into television and over the years has made numerous documentaries, including films in Iraq during and after Saddam Hussein's fall, as well as a film following former British hostage John McCarthy's return to Beirut.

Giles has written and reported extensively on the Middle East. He currently resides in Qatar where Al Jazeera is headquartered.

He will be speaking during Session 3 entitled "Toward Mechanisms for the Protection of Journalists".