Julia Wheeler is an experienced journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than 15 years, including as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent, based in the Middle East between 2000 and 2010. From Dubai she covered news, sport and business stories for BBC TV, Radio and Online, both for Newsgathering and in-depth programmes across the networks. She has also written for national newspapers, notably The Times, Telegraph and Guardian and continues to write as a freelance journalist.

Julia wrote the award-winning book Telling Tales: An Oral History of Dubai which brings to life the village atmosphere of Dubai before it was transformed into a modern city. She captured stories of court intrigue, pearl diving and gold smuggling, as well as the early days of education, banking and industry.

She is an alumna of the Faber Academy and her first novel is with agents.

Julia has moderated large-scale conferences and chaired inter-governmental forums. She works as a chair and interviewer at several festivals including Cheltenham (Literature and Science), the Emirates Festival of Literature and Stanfords Travel Writers Festival.

She consults through workshops and coaching using strategic storytelling techniques to help corporate and government leaders become more effective and impactful in their roles.

Julia read Economic and Social History before her postgraduate in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.

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