British journalist Thomas de Waal was born in 1966 in Nottingham, England.
He graduated from Balliol College, Oxford with a First Class Degree in Modern Languages (Russian and Modern Greek). He has reported for the BBC World Service, the Moscow Times, and The Times of London.
An expert on the Caucasus, he is currently an editor at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in London.
He is the author of much-talked-of book on Karabakh conflict Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War.
The book drew varied reactions on both sides of the conflict. Despite many inaccuracies, in general, the author tried to be neutral.
He claims that the events and quotations presented in the book are real. However, numerous requests by the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides to provide the recording of his interview with Serzh Sargsyan were not met.
It should be noted that while visiting Yerevan in March 2010 Thomas de Waal refused to meet and have a discussion with Dana Mazalova, who had witnessed the war and had been in the conflict zone both on the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides, saying that he would miss his plane.
But, ironically, next morning, Thomas de Waal and Dana Mazalova met at breakfast at the restaurant of the hotel where both were staying.