Hugh Miles is an award-winning journalist and author specialising in the Middle East. He is married with three children and lives in Cairo.
Hugh Miles was born in Jedda, Saudi Arabia in 1977. He studied Arabic at Pembroke College, Oxford University, and English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. His first and most formative experience of professional journalism was as an office boy at the Irish News of the World in Dublin. In 2000 while a student Hugh was chosen as The Times / Sky News Young Journalist of the Year.
During a one-year student exchange programme with the Sorbonne University in Paris, Hugh worked as the Nightlife Editor for Time Out Paris. Besides reviewing countless nightclubs, raves, restaurants and shops, his work included sampling every crepe house in Paris.
The day he graduated from university, Hugh flew to Beverly Hills, Los Angeles to work as Development Director for Oscar-winning Producer Michael Phillips (Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Sting). He worked closely with leading Hollywood producers, packaging movies, raising finance, attracting talent and developing big budget scripts.
In 2002 Hugh returned to the UK to become a writer and freelance journalist. Since then he has authored two books, contributed to several more, and worked extensively in a wide variety of print, radio and TV media.
His work has been translated into several languages, serialised in daily newspapers and won plaudits around the world. He is a frequent guest in the international media and at conferences and events around the world.
Since 2012 Hugh has served on the Administrative Committee at the Maadi British International School, the leading UK primary school in Egypt.
In 2010 Hugh set up a boutique business consultancy called Al Shafie Miles ltd. which uses a network of experts to help corporate clients do business in the Arab world.