Board of Directors / President of IFIT Board of Directors; International Affairs Editor and Associate Editor at the Financial Times
David Gardner is International Affairs Editor and Associate Editor at the Financial Times (FT). He joined the paper in 1978 and has worked mainly as a foreign correspondent, a regional specialist, or writer on international affairs.
From 1978-80, Mr. Gardner was the FT’s Spain correspondent, covering the country’s democratic transition. From 1980-83, he worked on the International Desk, launching the first FT international edition. From 1984-89, he was Mexico and Central America correspondent, covering the start of Mexico’s transition to democracy. From 1989-90, he served as FT Deputy Features Editor, and thereafter as Brussels correspondent until 1994. From 1995-99, Mr. Gardner became the FT’s Middle East Editor, before later moving to New Delhi to become South Asia Bureau Chief until 2001. From 2002-06, he served as FT’s International Affairs Writer, and from 2006-10 as Chief Leader Writer & Associate Editor.
In 2003, Mr. Gardner won the David Watt international political journalism prize for his writing on the Arab world. He is also the author of Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance (I.B. Tauris), which was long-listed for the 2010 George Orwell book prize. The book, originally published before the Arab Spring, was recently released in paperback with a new preface.
Mr. Gardner regularly appears on international television and radio and has lectured or given papers at think-tanks, foundations and universities around the world. He was made a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College Oxford in 2008.