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Andrew Feinstein is a South African writer and campaigner based in the UK. He was a facilitator in the constitutional negotiations process that led to the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, when he was elected an ANC Member of Parliament. He served as an MP for more than seven years – on Parliament’s Finance committee, serving as Deputy Chair of the country’s Audit Commission and as the ranking ANC member on the key financial oversight body, the Public Accounts Committee. He resigned in protest when the Public Accounts Committee was prohibited from investigating a massive arms deal involving several European companies that was tainted by allegations of high-level corruption.
Feinstein subsequently worked as a senior manager with the South African investment bank, Investec, in London, while writing his first book After the Party: A Personal and Political Journey Inside the ANC. The book was a bestseller in South Africa before being published internationally in early 2009. Feinstein left Investec when the book was published in order to carry on writing and campaigning. His critically acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, was first published by Penguin and Farrar, Straus & Giroux in late 2011. It has already been published in seven different editions around the world, with more forthcoming, including a Chinese translation. A full-length documentary film is currently being made based on the book.
Andrew co-authored, along with Paul Holden and Barnaby Pace, the lead article in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) 2011 Yearbook, and he and Paul Holden co-authored a chapter in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Organised Crime.
He appears regularly in a range of print and broadcast media. These include, most often, the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Sky, NPR, Democracy Now, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Mail & Guardian and Die Zeit.
An Open Society International Fellow while writing The Shadow World and developing an arms trade manual, Andrew also chairs the Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign, an HIV and AIDS charity, registered in the UK since 2001.
Susan Hawley worked for six years at the Corner House on corruption issues, having previously worked in the policy team at Christian Aid on ethics and corruption issues. She was behind the successful judicial review by the Corner House of the Export Credit Guarantee Department (ECGD) for weakening new anti-bribery rules following secret lobbying by defense and aerospace companies.
The new rules were introduced following an investigation she conducted into projects supported by the ECGD which were riddled with corruption. She was also involved in the judicial review of the Serious Fraud Office for dropping allegations of corruption involving BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia. Her investigative work resulted in the conviction of the first British company for overseas corruption in September 2009. Her detailed policy work has resulted in the creation and funding of an overseas corruption police unit and the inclusion of a new corporate offence with regard to overseas bribery in the recent Anti-bribery Act in the UK.
Paul Holden is a South African-born and London-based historian, researcher, writer and activist. He has published four books to date on issues related to corruption, governance and democratic practice in South Africa.
Two of his books – The Arms Deal in Your Pocket (2008) and Who Rules South Africa (2012) – were major national best-sellers. His major investigative work to date was the book The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything (2011), which collated the result of years of detailed investigation into South Africa’s biggest post-apartheid scandal.
The Devil in the Detail was published to wide acclaim, with local and international media running lengthy stories based on the new material uncovered.
Since 2009, Paul has worked closely with Andrew Feinstein, acting as the lead researcher for Feinstein’s The Shadow World and as co-author, along with fellow colleague Barnaby Pace, of the lead article in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) 2011 Yearbook. The article – discussing the nature of corruption in the global armaments trade – is the first time that SIPRI has dedicated a lead article to this pressing topic. Paul and Andrew Feinstein have also recently authored an explanatory article on the nature of arms trafficking for the Oxford Handbook for Organised Crime, due to be published soon. Paul has appeared regularly on South African and international news platforms discussing issues related to corruption and its impact on development and democratisation in developing countries.