For ten years Amaryllis Fox hunted terrorists in sixteen countries as part of the most elite clandestine ops unit of the CIA. She joins How To Academy to tell her story.
Amaryllis Fox was in her last year as an undergraduate at Oxford studying theology and international law when her writing mentor Daniel Pearl was captured and beheaded. Galvanised by this brutality Fox applied to a master’s programme in conflict and terrorism where she created an algorithm that predicted, with uncanny certainty, the likelihood of a terrorist cell arising in any village around the world.
At twenty-one, she was recruited by the CIA. She was fast-tracked into advance operations training, sent from Langley to ‘the farm’, where she lived for six months in a simulated world learning how to use a Glock, how to withstand torture, and the best ways of to commit suicide in case of captivity. At the end of the training she was deployed as a spy under non-official cover – the most difficult and coveted job in the field as an art dealer specialising in tribal and indigenous art and sent to infiltrate terrorist networks in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia. Determined to stop the masterminds, Amaryllis’s quest almost destroyed her, until she realised that the only way to actually defeat the enemy is to have the courage to sit across from them… and listen in search for some sliver of common ground.
Join us as we delve deep into Amaryllis’s extraordinary life and career: a story of courage, passion and adventure that is shortly to become a major new Netflix series.