Abigail Fielding-Smith is a reporter for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. She joined the Bureau in 2014 after six years as a reporter in the Middle East, during which she covered the Arab Spring and subsequent civil war in Syria for the Financial Times. She was awarded a UK Foreign Press Award in 2013 for her role in a Financial Times investigation in to Gulf funding for Syrian rebels. Before going into journalism she was a Commissioning Editor for politics and international affairs titles at IB Tauris, a leading independent non-fiction publisher. She is head of editorial development at Coda Story, a digital platform for international crisis reporting.