Global organised crime
Central European politics
Misha Glenny is a internationally respected journalist and expert on global organised crime.
In minute detail, Misha Glenny's 2008 book McMafia uncovers the byzantine outlines of global organised crime. Whether it's pot smugglers in British Columbia, oil/weapons/people traffickers in Eastern Europe, Japanese yakuza or Nigerian scammers, the book is meticulously researched and uncovers the complex, globalised and franchised modern underworld. The book was adapted into an acclaimed TV miniseries in 2018.
A former Central Europe correspondent for the Guardian and BBC, Misha's other books include DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia; The Rebirth Of History: Eastern Europe in the Age of Democracy; The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War; and The Balkans, 1804-2012: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers.
At considerable personal risk, Misha has dedicated his career to uncovering the intricate networks of global organised crime - from drug smuggling to cyber hacking - which thrive off global instability and, he estimates, account for up to 15% of the world's GDP.
A brilliant story-teller, he helps audiences understand the under-bely of globalisation, and what needs to be done to tackle it.