Misha Glenny security speaker
Misha Glenny security speaker

Misha Glenny

Author, McMafia

Speaker Themes

  • Global organised crime
  • Cyber crime
  • Globalisation
  • Central European politics
  • Russia

Travels from

Vienna, Austria


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.

For more information on Misha Glenny’s speaking topics, fees and availability, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@vbqspeakers.com.


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-belly of globalisation, and what needs to be done to tackle it.

Misha can speak on all aspects of organised crime from money laundering to cyber malfeasance, people smuggling and the drugs trade. He has unique insights into how new technology is reshaping traditional organised crime in the narcotics, smuggling and sex trades. He also draws on his background in geopolitics to show how great power relations are driving insecurity in cyberspace and why companies cannot rely on government to shore-up their vulnerabilities. 

Misha’s background as a leading journalist and analyst of Central and Eastern European politics also makes him very well-placed to provide in-depth analysis of the Ukraine crisis.

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