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.
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.
His latest book is Spirit of Gratitude: Crises are Opportunities, is a combination of his personal crises that opened up to opportunities and thoughtfully selected ideas from the sages of the recent past. In the words of New York Times Best-selling author Peggy McColl, “It is a profound book and a testimony of strength, courage and faith that re-inforces the power that gratitude brings to our lives. He provides us with a beautiful tool.”
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