Misha Glenny

Renowned Organised Crime Specialist

Misha Glenny is an award-winning author and journalist who has been working in Eastern and Central Europe for 20 years. A former BBC Central Europe Correspondent, Misha is also the author of four best-selling books and has spent several years in a courageous investigation of organised crime networks worldwide.

"The Internet has fashioned a new and complicated environment for an age-old dilemma that pits the demands of security against the desire for freedom."

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  • Cyber Security
  • Global Organised Crime
  • Globalisation
  • South-eastern Europe
  • US-Europe Relations
  • Global Crime Networks


He presents in English, German, Serbo-Croat, Czech and Portuguese.

How he presents

Misha's keen storytelling ability combined with his humour, charisma and a profound understanding of the criminal mind, offer unique first-hand insights into the workings of the criminal mind.

Books & Media

  • How to Invent a Country: Nine Nations That Shaped the World (Audiobook)
  • Putin: Prisoner of Power (Podcast)
  • Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio
  • The Balkans: Nationalism, War, The Great Powers 1804-2011
  • DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia
  • McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld
  • The Balkans: Nationalism, War & the Great Powers, 1804-1999
  • The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War

In Detail

Misha Glenny gained recognition in the 1990s for his reporting on the Yugoslav wars and received the Sony Gold Award from the BBC in 1993 for his "outstanding contributions to broadcasting". He advised the US and several southern European governments on policy matters. He produced the BBC 1 drama series "McMafia," based on his book and the BBC Radio 4 series and podcast "How to Invent a Country," which was published as an audiobook in 2021. In 2022, he presented "The Scramble for Rare Earths" on BBC Radio 4 which examines geopolitical tensions over limited metals and raw materials.


In his keynotes, Misha highlights the opportunity for collaboration between information security and other departments, fostering a stronger cyber culture within organisations. By utilising captivating visual examples that are both entertaining and thought-provoking, Misha showcases the need for comprehensive integration of cyber security across all aspects of business operations.



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