Misha Glenny Thomas Geiger

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After reporting on the Balkan wars and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, Misha worked with and advised EU and US governments. He remains an expert on Central and Eastern Europe and an acclaimed writer on global crime, most notably in his book McMafia, which was adapted into a hit BBC drama.


Biography

Misha Glenny is an author, journalist and specialist on Eastern and Southeastern Europe, organised crime and cybersecurity. He has served as Central Europe correspondent for the Guardian and the BBC.

During the late 1980s and 1990s Glenny reported extensively on the Balkan wars of Independence that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia. Since then he has acted as consultant to several European governments and the EU on the Balkans. Glenny has also advised the US departments of State and of Justice on US-European relationships and on organised crime. He speaks regularly at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Misha is the author of several books on Central and Eastern Europe. Away from European politics, he has written the acclaimed book McMafia (which was adapted into a hit BBC drama of the same title), about the problem of international organised crime which, he believes, may now account for more than 20% of global GDP. Alongside this he has been appointed a visiting professor at Columbia University specialising in ‘crime in transition’ looking at the new world of cyber-crime. He also co-wrote DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia looking at examples of the new global criminality and the world of cyberattacks.

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