Andrew Feinstein is from South-Africa. He is currently Executive Director of Shadow World Investigations (formerly Corruption Watch UK) and an investigative writer, broadcaster, campaigner and speaker.
Andrew Feinstein is the author of the critically-acclaimed “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” which reveals the corruption and malfeasance at the heart of the global arms business, both formal and illicit. The book is in its tenth edition across a number of languages. “The Shadow World” was short-listed for the Alan Paton Prize for Non-fiction.
Andrew was an ANC Member of Parliament in South Africa for over seven years where he served under Nelson Mandela. He served on the Finance and Public Accounts Committees and as Deputy Chair of the country’s Audit Commission. He also served as Economic Advisor to Gauteng Premier, Tokyo Sexwale.
He resigned in 2001 in protest at the ANC’s refusal to countenance an independent and comprehensive enquiry into a multi-billion dollar arms deal which was tainted by allegations of high level corruption. His first book, the best-selling “After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future” was published in 2007 and focused on this deal and its impact on South Africa’s young democracy.
Andrew was named amongst the 100 most influential people in the world working in armed violence reduction. Along with two colleagues, he was voted South Africa’s anti-corruption hero of 2014. In early 2022 Andrew was the recipient of the Gavin McFadyen Award, along with Justin Schlosberg with whom he started Truth Defence.
He serves on the Advisory Boards of The Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF), an NGO created in March 2017 by lawyers, investigative journalists and activists to provide the full spectrum of needs catered specifically to whistleblowers; DeClassified UK, an online publication providing critical insight into British foreign policy, defence and intelligence activities; and Lighthouse Reports, a Dutch-based NGO promoting investigative journalism. He is as an Associate with Global Partners Governance, a non-profit that supports politicians, ministers, and civil servants to strengthen their institutions, across 40 countries, and helps to manage change in some of the world’s most complex and sensitive political environments.
Andrew was educated at King’s College Cambridge, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Cape Town. He has also spent time at the London School of Economics as a participant in that university’s Distinguished Visitors Programme. He has lectured at universities around the world including the New School, Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge, Oxford, the University of Cape Town, the Free University Brussels and Leiden University, Holland.