Osman Haneef was born in Pakistan and, as the child of a diplomat, grew up in different cities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. He studied creative writing at Stanford and the Faber Academy, and won the Frank Allen Bullock Prize for creative writing at the University of Oxford. He has worked as a tech entrepreneur, and a strategy consultant. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. The Verdict, published by Reverie Publishers, is his first novel.