George has worked as a marketer for almost 40 years, as a writer for some 20 years, and as a speaker for 15 years.
Graduating in 1973 with a BSc in Business Studies from Bradford University (UK) George worked in marketing over the next 20 years, in Africa, in England and in the US and attained Chartered Marketer status. In 1991, he embarked on an MA in Journalism at New York University, graduating in 1993, with a college EMMY award for his documentary, Emerging Airlines: The Kiwi Story.
On returning to London with a young family, George spent the next few years as a financial advisor and wrote his first book for his clients Seven Ages: Personal Financial Planning (1997). Soon after, he met an Internet specialist, Thomas Power, with whom he teamed up to write The Battle of the Portals (1999) and Ecosystem: Living the 12 Principles of Networked Business (2001), the latter being translated into Chinese. Next, with a commission from Lord James Lawler, CFO of Xerox Europe, he wrote Xerox Firestorm: A Fire Brand of the Future (2002).
In search of something different, George focused on a political issue close to his heart: the Armenian Question. He next wrote a critically acclaimed, pioneering book, The Truth Will Set Us Free: Armenians and Turks Reconciled (2003), which was initially met with controversy and contention within the Armenian communities, especially in the United States. This controversy was mirrored in Turkey, when the book’s Turkish publisher, Ragip Zarakolu, published the Turkish edition in the 2005, for which he continues to be prosecuted in the Turkish courts, long after famous Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk was acquitted for political reasons. Thereafter, George set out to write about his family’s ancestral hometown – Arabkir: Homage to an Armenian Community (2005). Subsequently, he was commissioned to write Sarkis Izmirlian: A Biography (2008) and following a trip to Israel, he wrote Seeking God: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (2013).
The next book is Daylight after a Century, a compilation of some 100 photographs of Arabkir, recently discovered and never before seen, which were taken between 1900 and 1907 by his grandfather. This book will be released in spring 2015, on the centennial of the Armenian genocide, together with a reprint of Arabkir: Homage to an Armenian Community.
George enjoys reading, research, watching films and documentaries, hiking, travelling, and public speaking. He has been a member of Toastmasters, a global public speaking club, for the past 15 years, and was awarded Distinguished Toastmaster in 2013. He is also a school governor and on the finance committee of his local church.
He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.