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Misha Glenny is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. His best-selling non-fiction book, McMafia, about the globalisation of organised crime has launched this year on the BBC and AMC as a fictional TV Drama series.
Glenny’s most recent book, Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, the biography of the man who ran the largest favela in Rio for five years as head of the cocaine cartel, is also in production as a Hollywood feature film.
Like these two works, Glenny’s book on cybercrime, DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia, is based primarily on interviews with people activity engaged in criminal activity. Glenny interviewed criminal hackers and intelligence agents in some 20 countries to map the development of cyber malfeasance in the first 12 years of this century.
A former BBC Central Europe correspondent who covered the revolutions in Eastern Europe, Glenny won the Sony Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting for his work during the wars in the former Yugoslavia. He is also a past winner of Digital Security Journalist of the Year.
Glenny recently served as a visiting professor at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute where he ran a course entitled Crime, Corruption and Economic Transition. He was voted the best lecturer at SIPA for his work there. Glenny has also worked as a Professor at the London School of Economics and is currently preparing a master’s course for University College London. He is regularly consulted by governments in Europe and the Americas on the Balkans and Eastern Europe; on trans-national organised crime and on cyber security.
At present, he is developing and writing two television drama series, one focusing on crime and corruption in Rio de Janeiro, and the second, a political thriller about hackers. He is on the international advisory boards of several major NGOs.