Ben Davies is a Bangkok-based writer and photographer whose work has appeared in a wide range of distinguished publications and media including the International Herald Tribune, Time Magazine, the London Telegraph, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Singapore Business Times, Vogue, Geo, Euromoney, Asiamoney, Institutional Investor, the Traveller Magazine, National Geographic Books and the BBC.
Since graduating from Edinburgh University in 1983, Ben has travelled to over 50 countries around the world including assignments in North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and China. Ben has interviewed five current or former Prime Ministers as well as Finance Ministers, diplomats, conservationists and key decision makers.
In 2001, he began writing an investigative book on the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade. Black Market: Inside the Endangered Species Trade in Asia follows the poachers, the shady dealers and the well established crime syndicates who traffic animals much as they run heroin and other drug networks. Published in 2005, it was the first book of its kind to expose the devastating scale of the rare animal trade and was voted one of the
most important books on the subject by CNN.
These days Ben divides his time between political and business reporting, wildlife and environmental investigations and photographic books on vanishing cultures in Southeast Asia. His latest book is Living with Spirits: A Journey into the Heart of Thailand. It is available at www.amazon.com as well as in leading bookshops throughout Southeast Asia.
Ben is a contributing photographer for Getty Images and a member of LightRocket.