is chief editor at the Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies, a policy and research center focusing on socio-economic, political, humanitarian and security issues in Yemen and the surrounding region.
Spencer was previously the managing editor of Executive magazine in Beirut, and as a journalist reported for media outlets including Al Jazeera English, CBC Radio, France 24, The Globe and Mail, Nikkei Newspapers, The Daily Star and One Magazine. Spencer's literary non-fiction has appeared in Narratively and The Walrus, and he was longlisted for the 2016 CBC Creative Nonfiction Writing Prize.
He is also co-writer of The War Show, a documentary film about the Syrian conflict. Since its premier in August 2016, The War Show has been part of the official selection at more than two dozen film festivals worldwide, including TIFF and IDFA, and it has won:
“Best Film” at Venice Days 2016;
“Best Human Rights Documentary” at Bergen International Film festival 2016;
"Best Documentary" at Signes de Nuit 2016 in Paris;
“Student Jury Award” at Signes de Nuit 2016 in Paris;
“Best Nordic Documentary” at the Göteborg International Film Festival 2017;
“Best Film” at the Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 2017;
“Best Film” at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights 2017 in Geneva;
“Best Documentary” at the Bodil Awards 2017 in Copenhagen;
“Best Feature Film” at Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia 2017;
"Amnesty International Award" at Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival 2017, in Warsaw.
Spencer holds a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction and a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, Canada. He also holds a bachelor of arts double major in philosophy and Spanish from Dalhousie University.