Conor Woodman is an international best selling author, TV presenter and broadcaster. He is the host of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Scam City, BBC Channel 4’s Around The World in 80 Trades and ITV1’s Hunting Britain’s Con Men.
Conor is a former financial analyst turned investigative journalist. He has written and reported from the four corners of the globe on all manner of issues from gangs and organised crime to slavery and diamond smuggling to forest fires and salmon farming. Conor has a passion for making often complex stories accessible to everybody and a rare ability to connect with people from all walks of life.
Scam City review:
“Conor Woodman braves the streets of Buenos Aires to see how travellers are being ripped off by enterprising locals. His knack for charming pickpockets, dodgy taxi drivers and a mistress of seduction means he gets a fascinating insight into the scammers’ work” － The Guardian – pick of the week
Conor’s books have been translated into 10 languages and published worldwide. His first book Around The World in 80 Trades – The Adventure Capitalist and accompanying four-part television series for Channel 4 tell the story of how he left his job in the City, sold his London flat and embarked on a round-the-world trading adventure. Travelling through four continents over five months, he turned his hand to making a profit out of everything from camels in Sudan to inflatable surfboards in Mexico, to discover how real people make real money in real markets.
Around the World in 80 Trades review:
“This is entertaining and enlightening stuff… at a time when business has never looked so morally bankrupt” － The Times
Conor’s second book Unfair Trade deals with how ordinary people around the world survive at the bottom of the supply chain. By living alongside miners, farmers, factory workers and fishermen from Africa to Asia to Central America, Conor tells the stories of the real people on whom the global economy depends. Unfair Trade was long listed for the prestigious 2012 Orwell Prize for political writing.
Unfair Trade review:
Conor Woodman travels from China to Afghanistan to investigate the issue of ethical business. Unlike other polemics on this subject, Woodman doesn’t preach and shows that he has a cool eye.” － The Telegraph
Conor regularly reports back on his travels for the BBC’s flagship current affairs show From Our Own Correspondent and is also a guest presenter on Radio 4’s Costing the Earth. He writes for several magazines including TNT, Wanderlust, Conde Nast and Wexas Traveller.