Terence Ward is a writer, documentary producer, and cross-cultural consultant on the Middle East. For 25 years, he has advised companies, foundations and governments.  Born in Boulder, Colorado, he grew up in Saudi Arabia and Iran. He received his BA in political science at the University of California at Berkeley. Continuing his studies in Egypt at the American University of Cairo, he specialized in Near Eastern history and contemporary Islamic political movements. Later, he received his MBA from the International Management Institute (IMI) in Geneva.

In Athens, Greece, he joined Middle East Industrial Relations Counselors (MEIRC). For ten years, he advised clients across the Gulf—Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia—conducting consulting projects and management seminars designed for Western and Japanese managers to help them adapt to the complex cultural, historic, and religious issues of the region. In New York, he has worked for Hay Management Consultants and Inter-Change Consultants, specializing in training managers in cultural competencies for the global arena.

He received the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) in Geneva, and then served with the UN Mission to East Timor during the referendum for independence in 1999. Later, he served with the Burma Project (Open Society Foundations) on a mission to Myanmar. He has also lectured on conflict zones of the Moluccas, East Timor, and Iran for IDHA programs in both Geneva and New York.

His first book, the critically acclaimed Searching for Hassan: A Journey to the Heart of Iran, is a chronicle of his family’s odyssey back to Iran after 30 years (Houghton Mifflin, Random House 2003). Translated into Italian, French, German and Indonesian, it was also published in two different Persian editions (Ketabsaraye Tandis and Jayhoon). The Persian Center of Northern California bestowed to him their Global Recognition Award for “promoting peace through cultural awareness,” while in LA, the Iranian Muslim Association of North America honored him for “enhancing knowledge of Iranian culture.” Simon & Schuster published a new updated edition in 2020.

His next work, The Guardian of Mercy: How an Extraordinary Painting by Caravaggio Changed an Ordinary Life Today, explores Caravaggio and his masterpiece, “The Seven Acts of Mercy”, in two parallel stories set in Naples four hundred years apart (Arcade Publishing, 2016). The book’s release coincided with the Jubilee of Mercy and led to his participation with Cardinal Turkson at the Vatican Press Conference of September 1, 2017 to present Pope Francis’ declaration of the eighth act of mercy – Care for Our Common Home – an all-encompassing, ecumenical, ecological vision of protecting Mother Earth.

His latest book, The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally, takes a critical look at the role of Saudi Arabia in fostering jihadi extremism in the Islamic World and beyond (Arcade Publishing, 2018).  He was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour on CNN about this complex issue. Recently, at the Getty Museum, he presented the book with President James Cuno under the theme: “From the Buddhas of Bamiyan to the Temples of Palmyra: Why is Cultural Heritage being Destroyed?”

He has been interviewed on BBC, CNN, NBC, NPR, PBS, C-SPAN, and RAI-TV. His writing has appeared inthe Los Angeles Times, Huffington PostCNNThe Ecologist (Italian), Il Manifesto, Airone, Reset, and Conde Nast Traveler. His views on the Sunni-Shiite conflict have been cited in The New York Times. The Trilateral Commission and the Global Policy Council of AT Kearney invited his contributions for position papers on the Middle East.

In film, he produced the award-winning documentary “Black Africa White Marble” inspired by the humanist Italian explorer, Pietro Savorgnan di Brazza after whom the capital Brazzaville of the Republic of Congo is named.  It won the Grand Prix at the Festival of Annecy (2012), Audience Award at Cambridge Film Festival (2013), and Best Documentary at Berlin Independent Film Festival (2014). He also produced the feature “Archaeology of a Woman, (2014) starring Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland. His documentary “Talk Radio Tehran (2016) by Mahtab Mansour follows courageous Iranian women who fulfill their aspirations in spite of gender-apartheid. It won Best Short Film at the Middle East Now Festival in Florence and aired on BBC for the International Day of the Woman (2018).

Terence serves as an ambassador of Religion for Peace of World Conference oReligions for Peace—the largest interfaith organization in the world. He is a member of PEN International and ISMEO (Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente) the prestigious Middle Eastern institute based in Rome and on the advisory board of The Markaz Review (formerly the Levantine Center) in Los Angeles which embraces all Middle Eastern cultures. With his wife, Idanna Pucci, he lives in Florence, Italy and New York.

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Nato a Boulder nel Colorado, Terence Ward cresce prima in Arabia Saudita e poi in Iran. Si laurea in scienze politiche all’Università di Berkeley in California, continuando gli studi all’American University del Cairo, dove si specializza in storia del Medio Oriente e dei movimenti politici islamici nei paesi arabi e nel continente africano. Ottiene poi a Ginevra MBA dall’International Management Institute. Per dieci anni collabora con la MEIRC, con sede ad Atene, come consulente per aziende nell’Arabia Saudita, il Kuwait, gli emirati del Golfo Persico e il Nordafrica. In questo periodo, sviluppa vari seminari sul tema del management nei paesi arabi per aiutare amministratori occidentali a capire i problemi culturali, storici e religiosi del mondo islamico.

In seguito, a New York, collabora con InterChange come esperto nei problemi di diversità culturale sul lavoro. Contribuisce all’esposto “The Politics and Economics of Islam” per il Global Policy Unit della società AT Kearney. Nel 2006, Ward viene invitato dalla Commissione Trilaterale a contribuire al documento “Is There a Plan B for Iran?” presentato al Plenary Meeting a Tokyo. Le sue opinioni sulla divisione tra Sunniti e Shiiti sono state citate nell’International New York Times e più recentemente nel Huffington Post.

Pubblica nel 2002 Searching for Hassan (Houghton Mifflin, New York) dove racconta il suo drammatico ritorno in Iran dopo 30 anni di assenza, e trasporta il lettore nel cuore del paese. L’edizione italiana, Alla Ricerca di Hassan, esce con Ponte Alle Grazie nel 2003 e TEA Longanesi nel 2006.

Nel 2012, produce il documentario Africa Nera Marmo Bianco di Clemente Bicocchi (Grand Prix al Festival d’Annecy) e più recentemente Talk Radio Tehran di Mahtab Mansour, che racconta la vita di alcune temerarie donne iraniane che seguono le proprie aspirazioni nonostante la separazione di genere che regna nel paese.

Il suo libro, Il guardiano della Misericordia (LEF 2016) racconta come un capolavoro del Caravaggio trasforma la vita travagliata del suo custode in sublime esperienza. Il suo ultimo libro, Per capire oggi il Medio Oriente: lISIS spiegata ai giovani (LEF 2017) seguito dalla nuova riedizione Il Codice Wahhabi: come i sauditi hanno difusso estremismo nel mondo (LEF 2019).  Una nuova riedizione di Alla ricerca di Hassan: il volto svelato dellIran è stata pubblicata con la prefazione di Franco Cardini (LEF 2018).  In 2020, Simon & Schuster ha pubblicato un nuovo versione del Searching for Hassan.

Ward serve come un ambasciatore per Religions for Peace, la più grande organizzazione interreligiosa al mondo con sede a New York; in Italia è socio dell’ISMEO e PEN International. Possiede duplice nazionalità, americana e irlandese e parla arabo, farsi, indonesiano e italiano. Vive con sua moglie, Idanna Pucci, tra Firenze e New York.

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Ecrivain américain, Terence Ward est né à Boulder, Colorado. Cependant, il grandit en Arabie et en Iran. Après avoir été diplômé en Sciences Politiques à l’université de Berkeley en Californie, il poursuit ses recherches à l’Université américaine du Caire, avec pour spécialité l’histoire du Moyen Orient et les mouvements politiques islamiques contemporains. Il obtient plus tard son MBA à l’International Management Institute de Genève.

Il mène des activités de consultant auprès de sociétés multinationales, de fondations et de gouvernements dans le monde islamique et en Occident. Envoyé sur diverses missions humanitaires, il collabore avec la Fondation Open Society en Birmanie et l’Organisation des Nations Unies au Timor oriental.

Parallèlement, il écrit A’ la recherche d’Hassan (Editions Intervalles, Paris, 2006). Il se partage depuis quelques années entre Florence, Bali en Indonesie et New York. Son prochain livre raconte une histoire vraie située à Naples.

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